It’s something the vast majority of Republicans are simply incapable of doing, and why their ideology is so incredibly simplistic. I’ve often referred to Republicans as lovers of “bumper sticker politics.” That is, if a talking point can’t fit nicely onto a standard bumper sticker, it’s typically too complicated for the many conservatives to understand.
That being said, I’ve seen the oncoming breakup of the Republican party happening for a while now. It all started when the GOP leadership decided the tea party was worth embracing if it gave them a better chance at defeating President Obama. The problem with that is, by doing so, they gave power and a voice to conservatives within their party who are almost completely devoid of reality. Not too long ago people like Ted Cruz or Tom Cotton wouldn’t have stood a chance at becoming senators – now they’re becoming leaders within the Republican ranks in the Senate.
Still, for the most part, the crazies don’t fully run the Republican party – but they’re getting close to completely taking over. The current situation within the GOP is that the “old guard” Republicans can’t even contemplate evolving as a party because they chose to embrace the far-right instead of moving towards the center – but they’re also well aware that, while these tea party candidates might play well in red states, they stand almost no chance at winning a national presidential election. They understand that the only shot they have in 2016 is someone like Jeb Bush or even Scott Walker – not Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee or Rand Paul.
Therein lies the problem. You see, people like Cruz, Huckabee and Paul believe that the reason why Republicans lost to President Obama is because John McCain and Mitt Romney weren’t conservative enough. In other words, they believe the key to winning back the White House is to pick a ‘true conservative,” as opposed to these “fake” conservatives, or R.I.N.O’s (Republicans In Name Only).
However, in 2016, the GOP is still going to select another “moderate” candidate like Bush or Walker (while Walker is far from a moderate, he’s not on the same level of crazy as someone like Cruz) and they’re going to get destroyed by Hillary Clinton.
Then that’s when all hell is going to break loose. At that point, tea party Republicans like Cruz are going to be absolutely convinced that the solution to gaining back the White House is more right-wing crazy, not less. Even though the real issue with the GOP is that these tea party Republicans are preventing their own party from embracing more rational stances on several issues (gay rights, immigration, the minimum wage) and that’s what’s costing them in areas of the country that aren’t radically right-wing. It’s a sad day when we’re at a point now where Ivy League-educated Republicans are doubting proven science, reality and history because if they don’t, they’ll get killed in the primaries by voters who believe God controls the weather and the Earth is 6,000 years old.
That’s exactly why I said recently that the Republican party has literally become the party of stupid. And the trigger to the GOP finally tearing itself apart is going to be Hillary’s victory in 2016.
Not only do they loathe her, but they’re utterly terrified of her. With President Obama they could manipulate the natural racism that flows within their party to justify irrational hatred toward basically anything that he did; with Hillary, they can’t do that. While I love President Obama, he kind of learned on the job how to deal with Republicans. Meanwhile, Hillary has been there and done that. She won’t be afraid to rip into them any chance she gets.
It’s my belief that Hillary winning in 2016 will be the point at which the back of the Republican party is finally broken and the lunatics within the tea party who have mostly stayed on the outside of the leadership really take over. It will be at that point that the entire country will finally see the GOP for what it is – an out of touch, science-denying bunch of lunatics who are literally trying to dumb-down this nation with their radical religious fundamentalism, paranoia and bigotry.
As much as I dislike individuals like John Boehner or Mitch McConnell, when they’re likely replaced soon after Hillary Clinton wins in 2016 by tea party darlings along the lines of Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) or Ted Cruz, we’ll look back at the GOP under their leadership like it was a liberal paradise compared to the insanity that’s going to flow once the tea party really takes over the party’s leadership roles.
And when all of that finally happens, those will be the first days of the end of the GOP.