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December 28, 2012

GOP Types

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Since the election, the Republicans have looked like a batch of ants after someone destroyed their hill as they run in circles trying to figure why they lost the election. They haven’t been able to coalesce into an organized party yet. Perhaps they never will because of their diversity. Paul Begala has broken down these differences into a few distinct classifications:

The Vince Lombardi Republicans. The emphasis is winning at any costs. If they think they lost the election because of the GOP immigration policy, candidates need to tell people that they have a different one. Pragmatism is the call of the day. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is now praising the hardworking Hispanics, and super-conservative Fox pundit Sean Hannity wants a more “comprehensive” immigration policy. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) looks as if he’s working with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY). Bill Kristol, who served in the Bush 41 White House, said, “It won’t kill the country if Republicans raise taxes a little bit on millionaires.”

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has gone full-blown into practicality by claiming that the GOP must “stop being the stupid party” and decrying the current GOP worship of wealth: “We cannot be, we must not be, the party that simply protects the rich so they get to keep their toys.”

The Sour Grapes Republicans. Coaches teach their teams not to blame the other team and not to complain about the officials. Republicans like Donald Trump haven’t learned this lesson. He used Twitter to call President Obama’s reelection “a total sham and a travesty,” to propose a “revolution in this country,” and to allege (falsely) that Obama had lost the popular vote.

“The media,” Brent Bozell wrote, “lauded Obama no matter how horrendous his record, and they savaged Obama’s Republican contenders as ridiculous pretenders.” Those poor savaged contenders included Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, and Rick “Oops” Perry.

Richard Mourdock lost the U.S. Senate position from Indiana after he said in a debate that “when life begins in that horrible situation of rape … it is something that God intended to happen.” Now he’s asking supporters for money and blaming the media: “After a bitter, hard-fought campaign, many Republicans all over the country were forced to accept defeat rather than celebrate victory. In our case, we found our campaign caught in the liberal media crosshairs.” He referred to the media coverage as “false accusation,” despite the fact that there’s video of everything he said.

The Flat-Earthers. These people think that the GOP won the election. Karl Rove, for example, the man who got a 4 percent return from the $300 million that his group spent. “We did good things this year,” Rove claimed.

Paul Ryan joined Rove in the country of Denial. He was surprised because the Democrats got out the vote in the urban areas, but he missed the part about the president getting lots of votes from rural and suburban areas. Did Ryan notice that President Obama took Rock County (WI) by 61 to 39 percent. The biggest town in that county is Janesville, with a population of 63,575. Janesville is Ryan’s home town.

The most recent Republican who has moved to Denial-Land is Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the minority leader who faces re-election in two years. Faced with the poll that he is the least popular Senator with a likability rating of 37 percent, his response through campaign manager Jesse Benton is that Public Policy Polling is part of a Democratic conspiracy. In fact, PPP had the best year of any pollster in 2012.

And now the GOP claims that President Obama is a “lame-duck president” because the Republicans have the majority in the House.

The Crazies. An Arizona woman who supported Mitt Romney ran over her husband with her SUV because he didn’t vote. The treasurer of the GOP in Hardin County (TX) called Democrats “baby-murdering, tax-raising socialists” and proposed that Texas have an “amicable divorce” from the United States of America. He was joined by over 100,000 Texans calling for the state to secede. And that’s the tip of the iceberg.

The Blame America Firsters. Romney’s the leader of this group. He started his post-election life with a conference call to his donors, explaining that he lost because Obama gave stuff to all those people who voted for the president, “especially the African–American community, the Hispanic community, and young people.” He even defined the “gifts”: “With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college-loan interest was a big gift. Free contraceptives were very big with young college-aged women. And then, finally, Obama-care also made a difference for them, because as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents’ plan, and that was a big gift to young people.”

This whining came from the man who used his father’s money to enroll in the best schools and made millions while canceling his factory workers’ health benefits. He also doesn’t know Rep. George H.W. Bush wrote subsidized contraception for poor women into a law that was signed by President Richard Nixon.

Romney should take comfort in the fact that conservatives in the media support his view. “People feel that they are entitled to things and which candidate, between the two, is going to give them things?” Bill O’Reilly said. The Ann Coulter declared, “It’s over. There’s no hope if takers outnumber makers.” Conservatism, in my humble opinion, did not lose last night.  It’s just very difficult to beat Santa Claus.”

The last category, not described by Begala, comes from former Republican Jeremiah GoulkaMirror Republicans, those who blame themselves for their losses. Goulka describes the cosmetic changes that many Republicans think might be successful as the Botex Solution. These GOP members blamed Romney and other weak candidates and claimed that a better “ground game” would have succeeded.

Goulka’s Titanic analogy is probably the most accurate: Republicans count on the diminishing numbers of whites, particularly white Christians to put them in control in the future. They ignore the rest of the Democratic iceberg that hit them: non-white Christians, Jews, observers of other faiths, and the growing number of the religiously-unaffiliated. President Obama received 71 percent of the Hispanic vote in this past election; already 10 percent of this year’s voters, this population accounts for half the growth of the U.S. population. Asian Americans voted like the Hispanics, and they are the nation’s fastest growing demographic group.

Unmarried women, who vote overwhelmingly Democratic, make up 53 percent of all women in the U.S. Two-thirds of the millennial generation (born between 1978 and 2000) has been voting Democratic and will be 40 percent of the eligible voting pool by 2020.

GOP’s constantly push fundamentalist Christian morality and small government. In practicality, the majority of people in this nation don’t want smaller government if it means losing Social Security or letting the wealthy pay lower taxes than the middle class.

And the GOP really wants big government. On Fox news, Bobby Jindal said, “We… need to make it very clear… that we’re not the party of Big: big businesses, big banks, big Wall Street, big bailouts.” It’s hard to pass along that message when everyone knows that the GOP supports these “bigs.”

In its current survival mode, the GOP brags about being the party of Abraham Lincoln. They lost the right to do that after the Southern Democrats moved into Lincoln’s party after Roosevelt’s New Deal and Lyndon Johnson’s Voting Rights Act. White flight in the South moved into suburbs, cultivated by the Party of No members from evangelical Protestant Christians.

Republican success is based on dropping the “entitlement reform” racket and supporting food stamps for the poor. During the economic crisis, Hispanic households lost two-thirds of their median net worth, falling to $6,325 in 2009, compared to $113,149 for white households that lost only 16 percent. Success also means supporting equal pay for equal work and defending people from the upper class.

As Goulka wrote, “It looks like the GOP is at the wheel of the Titanic, sailing toward that iceberg, while the band plays “Nearer My God to Thee” for all it’s worth.”


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