Chris Christie and Pope Francis Have the GOP on the Verge of Total Collapse

francis-christieI’ve said for quite a while now that the tea party was something of a “false prophet” for the GOP.  Sure, at first it seemed like the savior conservatives had longed for following eight years in which George W. Bush nearly destroyed the entire party.  But even early on I saw the end game to this — and it’s starting to come to light.

The tea party was a great PR stunt for the 2010 midterms, but that was about it.  Since then its popularity with the majority of Americans has plummeted while popularity with hardcore conservatives has grown.

For Republicans, that’s a giant problem.  The tea party has turned into a situation where the extreme is going up against the mainstream, and that’s bad news for conservatives.

Then you add in the fact that New Jersey Governor Christ Christie is rapidly growing in popularity for the 2016 GOP nomination (something tea party conservatives hate) and Pope Francis (the most recognized Christian leader around the world) has called out the Republican party’s economic ideology, and you can see how it’s about to get really bad for the GOP.

As far as Christie goes, on one side you’re going to have mainstream Republicans who understand that Christie is their best chance at winning in 2016.  Yet on the other hand, you’re going to have fanatical tea party Republicans who believe someone like Ted Cruz is the best person to be in the White House.

For tea party Republicans, someone like Christie might as well be a Democrat.  They don’t view him as a “real conservative,” and the fact he dared to praise President Obama following Hurricane Sandy absolutely disgusts them.

The closer we get to 2016, the more infighting you’re going to see within the Republican party.  You’re going to have part of the Republican party going to war with the other over what defines a “true conservative.”  You’ll have the far-right radicals believing some crackpot like Cruz stands a real chance at winning, while Republicans with a little more common sense struggle to convince the base that Christie is a mainstream candidate who could actually win a national election.

I guess it’s only fitting that after Republicans have sought to create a party dictated by voters who believe propaganda over reality, they’ll need many of those same voters to trust reality in 2016.  Of course, that won’t be an easy accomplishment considering they’ve become accustomed to buying into extreme right-wing propaganda.

Then there’s Pope Francis.  He’s really going to cause them a lot of problems going forward.  A Pope that dares to act like a Christian.  What exactly will Republicans do?

In just a short time as Pope, he’s spoke out for the church to be more accepting of homosexuals and bashed conservative economic ideologies.

So, what will Republicans do as one of the most recognized faces of Christianity clearly opposes cornerstones of their entire political party?  Will they dare call out and question the Pope?  If they did, they’d then risk alienating millions of Catholic voters.

I guess they could always do what Rush Limbaugh did recently by insinuating there’s a conspiracy, and that someone had “gotten to” the Pope causing him to attack trickle-down economics.  But I’m not sure if calling the Pope a puppet for some shady Marxist faction is really going to go over well.  In fact, I know it won’t.

But what can Republicans do?  What can someone like Ted Cruz or Sarah Palin say if asked about the Pope’s comments regarding the myth of trickle-down economics?  Call him a socialist who hates freedom like they do President Obama and liberals?

Again, I’m not sure if the Republican party really wants to tick off tens of millions of Catholics.

And trust me — these questions will be asked.  They’re lucky that he released the documents containing his attack on right-wing economics just before Thanksgiving when much of the country’s political media took a few days off.  If they’re hoping that those comments will simply fade into obscurity, they’re in for a rude awakening in the days and weeks ahead.

So on a political level, Republicans are spiraling toward 2016 on the verge of an all-out Civil War between “mainstream” and “extreme” over what kind of candidate should represent the GOP during the next presidential election.

While on a religious level they have arguably the most powerful Christian leader in the world embracing the acceptance of homosexuals and calling out trickle-down economics for being an absolute scam.

And I’m not even covering the 2014 mid-terms Republicans think they have locked up because of the issues with “Obamacare.”  People might be down on Democrats right now, but that’ll quickly change the more these tea party Republicans get mainstream attention once election season really gets going.

In other words, the Republican party is in a whole lot of trouble.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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