Published: Sunday, March 2 2014 12:00 a.m. MST
It'll be interesting to see if the republican party can become the party of
sound ideas again. Or will it remain the party in front of wherever the parade
The opening sentence, along with the quip about Sarah Palin shortly after,
should win Mr. Gerson the Pulitzer Prize… brilliant!
The GOP can be a populist party or it can be the party of the plutocrats. You
can't have it both ways.
Those trying to organize all of these groups and events don't seem to be
having much impact on the country.
As long as the GOP aligns itself with the religious right, and the corporate
oligarchy, they will never win a presidential election. Only gerrymandering is
keeping them in control of the House.
Why is he advocating ditching the tea party?
No question that both political parties have taken a beating in their images and
lack of functionality in Washington. However, as ObamaCare and increased
minimum wage starts to help the working and middle classes, the tide is destined
to swing to the Democrats as the party with ideas that benefit the country. The government shutdown hurt many small business owners and with many
TEA partiers still in power, there's a real fear that the GOP is not out to
help the country as a whole.Finally, the GOP doesn't have any
charismatic, unifying candidates to truly inspire the nation. Too many GOP
politicians come across as angry and vindictive rather than
"roll-up-their-sleeves" types that want to fix the country's
problems. Christie almost was a potential leader, but bridge-gate has ruled
him out for a GOP future.As much as the GOP may hate Hilary and Joe
Biden, they're beloved in the Democratic party, and my sense is that
they'll inspire the nation as a whole, especially Hilary.
This is fascinating. GOP strategists see that "populism" is their only
hope for ever achieving real national leadership. (Sorry, GOP, but pouring sugar
into the gas tank of society doesn't count as "leadership.")But to become populists - i.e. advocates for the rights and well-being
of "regular folks," and to begin making a meaningful and positive
difference to the vanishing middle class (thus proving they are indeed
populists), the GOP would have to financially and ideologically decouple itself
from Exxon, Wall Street and the Koch brothers.I'm not going to
hold my breath waiting for that to happen.
The tone of this article is disturbing. On the one hand are fanatical liberal
democrats who have naught but bitter vitriol against any who don't embrace
the full spectrum of modern social follies, but the article speaks ill only of
the other hand, where there are people who seek what is right, but not in the
right way.It seeks to blame good people for the government shutdown
(which senate democrats have an equal hand in), and points out poor comments by
the one side while turning a deaf ear to the unending slurry of insults and
threats from the other side.
He means give the liberals all power so they can turn the country into a brutal
dictatorship. Of course, we can have a libertarian party in this country. They
actually believe in freedom and anarcho capitalism.
Isn't encouraging the Republican party to abandon principles in favor of
populism similar to suggesting that a cheerleader candidate to give in to the
"boys being boys" football team?
"...The evidence accumulates that the Republican Party is sobering up
— cotton-mouthed and slightly disoriented — from its recent
ideological bender...".What evidence?"...The
tone of some rhetoric on the far right — no mercy to enemies, no enemies
to the right — was pressed to an abhorrent extreme by Ted Nugent, who
called President Obama a "subhuman mongrel." And almost all of the right
(save Sarah Palin, who finally lost her long, sad struggle with ideological
delirium) recoiled at such viciousness and bigotry...".Recoiled
at such viciousness and bigotry?Again...where is the evidence?"...any ideological movement that claims to be inspired by faith and
morality is discredited by language that dehumanizes its opponents...".Exactly."...looks...like strategic incoherence and
Baron Scarpia: "However, as ObamaCare and increased minimum wage starts to
help the working and middle classes, the tide is destined to swing to the
Democrats..."Good luck with that Democrat talking point coming
true anytime, let alone soon. The absolute disaster that is Obamacare insures
that it will NEVER help the working and middle classes as a whole. Sure, some
people may benefit, but two people are hurt for every one it helps."Christie almost was a potential leader, but bridge-gate has ruled him out
for a GOP future. As much as the GOP may hate Hilary and Joe Biden, they're
beloved in the Democratic party..."Spoken like a pure partisan.
Any hiccup from a Republican automatically dismisses them as a viable candidate
for office, yet all of Hillary and Biden's mistakes, gaffes, and abuses of
power are like water off a duck's back. Things like Bengazi, Whitewater,
cattle future trading, and Hillarycare mean nothing but having someone in your
administration cause some traffic backups mean everything.Good luck
with that argument in November.
Blue: "...to begin making a meaningful and positive difference to the
vanishing middle class ...the GOP would have to financially and ideologically
decouple itself from Exxon, Wall Street and the Koch brothers. I'm not
going to hold my breath waiting for that to happen."I agree. Not
likely to happen - any more than the Democratic Party will decouple itself from
Unions, Hollywood, or George Soros. But somehow, I doubt that you will hold that
against them like you do against the GOP for similar behavior.
capture the populist impulse huh? I don't think so. Maybe 34 years ago in
1980 that might have been possible but the decline that has occurred over the
past 30 years ...especially over the past 5 years...is so severe that the
America is not even a shadow of who is once was. There is perhaps 30% of the
country who still believe in the America Dream and who still hold values of
traditional Americans but clearly after electing a radical Socialist twice to
the White House the vast majority would rather be like Greece or France. Ronald
Reagan couldn't capture the populist impulse today.
No one will ever consider me a part of any parade. I have made all kinds of
personal changes, but haven't slip one bit with what I believe politically.
The Tea party has been catching up with me, as well as the Independents.
Political pundits can't figure out why a majority of Americans don't
"ditto" the Democrat or Republican lines. It's quite easy. The
Democrats and the Republicans lost favor with the majority of Americans because
they don't represent the best in the American spirit, which is
constitutionally limited government and protection of individual rights. The
Democrats and Republicans represent what is destructive to the future of a great
America; high taxes, endless entitlement, irresponsibility, the welfare
state,weakness abroad, and hollow leaders who only stand for equality of
results, not equality of opportunity. They place leaders in office who are only
interested in power, prestige, and money. Is it any wonder that most Americans
don't trust their leaders? The Tea party didn't even exist five years
ago. It is here to stay. Their votes will be filed somewhere, hopefully to run
every politician out of town.
@JoeCapitalist2 – “I agree. Not likely to happen - any more than the
Democratic Party will decouple itself from Unions, Hollywood, or George
Soros”Sounds like the beginning of a real conversation
(instead of partisan mudslinging). And your point reminds me of the fact that
the Tea Party and the Occupy Movement generally agree on ~80% of the issues. Of
course you would never know it from our media, which myopically focuses on the
20% of disagreement for the sake of ratings (makes you wonder when Americans are
going to stop being manipulated like dogs to a whistle by our “bypass the
frontal cortex and go straight to the limbic brain” media).When people truly get fed up with money in politics, gerrymandering
incumbency, and party ideology over pragmatic problem solving, we will be ripe
for a third party.@patriot – “…after electing a
radical Socialist twice to the White House… “Makes you
wonder though why so many of Obama’s major policy initiatives were things
Republicans invented or once supported. If he’s a “radical
Socialist,” he’s the worst one I’ve ever seen.
The Republican Party cannot continue having its main priority being advocates
and defenders of the 1% and critics of the 47%. Social issues will keep a large
percentage of the 99% on their side, but during difficult economic times they
become less important to the electorate.
As tens of thousands of poorer Utah Citizen wait for some relief with the
expansion of Medicaid, the GOP postures itself to top these programs. Good
people are suffering from the GOP policies and the horrible consequences are to
be directly blamed on those who stopped these valuable programs from happening.
Herbert and Lockhart will still have health care paid for by taxes from Utah
citizens. I'm sure they would sing a different tune if they didn't get
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