Chris Christie Exposes the GOP’s Biggest Problem, and Why They’re Doomed in the Future

chris-christie-10It’s always humorous when Republicans gather in some kind of convention to talk about what they need to do to “appeal to Americans better.”  It’s an important situation considering they have a massive problem appealing to Americans who aren’t straight, white older Christian males.

I always laugh because they act as if there’s some giant mystery behind why a party that opposes:

  • Women’s rights
  • Religious freedom
  • Minorities
  • Gay rights
  • Immigration reform
  • The minimum wage

Might struggle to connect with many Americans.

Well, Chris Christie proposed a “plan” during a speech at the Aspen Institute.  He said the GOP is “getting pounded because of the way we present ourselves.”

“People want folks who are authentic, and who believe what they say is true. But also are willing to be tolerant and listen to other points of view,” he continued.

So, his “plan” to fix conservatives is to make them more tolerant, while being open minded to the ideas of other people.

In other words, the way to “fix” the GOP is for Republicans to stop acting like conservatives.

And that’s their problem.

They just don’t get it.  They can’t continue to be conservatives and expect to remain relevant nationally.  Because right now they’re still maintaining a little power, but it’s slipping.  The tea party is seizing more and more of the far right, and eventually it’s going to splinter off into it’s own party, splitting the GOP in two.  And if that happens, the GOP will either face a national collapse or go full-on tea party.

And when that day happens, people like Paul Ryan, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and Jeb Bush will seem like radical liberals by comparison.

You think the tea party is crazy now?  Just wait.

I predicted a long time ago that in the future moderate Republicans are going to either have to fade into oblivion politically or become Democrats.  Because the tea party isn’t going away and they’ll never be able to become mainstream while appeasing that brand of lunacy.

The tea party is never going to ease up on abortion, gay rights, religious freedoms or immigration.  In fact, the more power they gain, the more radical they’re going to become with each one of those issues.

And does anyone really think in the “deep South,” where we’re still battling racism that’s been consistent since the dawn of this nation, that minorities are going to be widely accepted?

But the part I found most interesting about Christie’s comment is how he worded it to sound like something feasible, but it’s ultimately impossible.  See, many conservatives believe that what they stand for isn’t the issue, it’s just how they present their side of the argument.

Essentially, it’s not that people support same-sex marriage, women’s rights or immigration – Republicans don’t present their intolerant side of each of those arguments in a cheerful and jolly way.

While I’m no Christie fan, I do think he “gets it” as far as what the GOP needs to do going forward.  Though he’ll never be embraced by many conservatives because they don’t believe he’s a “real conservative.”

And that’s why they Republican party is doomed.

Any Republican who might dare to try to take the party out of the 1950’s is going to fail.  These people have been fed so many lies by the right-wing media that reality no longer applies to them.  They honestly believe as a nation we’re getting more conservative.  But we’re not.  We’re becoming more liberal.

So while the nation becomes more liberal, more diverse and more accepting – conservatives are doubling down on the exact opposite.

And in the end, that’s going to be their downfall.

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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  • bdc777

    There is NO reasoning with these folks. I just got into an argument the other day with a very conservative person who told me conditions in the country were worse than they were during the Great Depression. He believed it 100%.

    • wakeup!

      Gotta love those ‘fair and balanced’ news shows spreading the ‘truth’.

    • Guido FL

      48 million+ on food stamps! If there wasn’t food stamps and endless extended unemployment we would have soup kitchens all over this country. O has had 5 1/2 years to get the economy going but you can’t do that from the golf courses, photo ops, vacations, and fund raisers ? Or do you sir know sometimes us voters don’t ?

      • Mandate0

        To use the same logic as another poster and i quote “BS”.

      • felipe63

        Yes Guido it’s all Obama’s fault.

        It has nothing to do with the fact the GOP leadership got together on Inauguration night 2009 and decided that they would oppose anything and everything he wanted to accomplish, even if such opposition hurt the American people.

        Mandate0 is right, you’re full of shit

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        actually,,,,,,,,,,,,, GUIDO is full of————
        ” T.E.A.”

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        hey micropenile GUIDO– shall we compare the repub VS democrat federal policies over the past 25 yrs and how they impacted ALL americans???
        ……or: how the destruction GW BUSH handed Obama has been reversed? ( see: falling unemployment// stock market all time highs// deficit shrinking….)
        what EXACTLY are “conservatives” CONSERVING? hating all that is NOT aging white religious americans???

      • RickFlash

        Guido, at least he knows how to spell and to use proper grammar. If Obama’s always on the golf course, he must be the best president ever! You may NOT know that this country was on the brink of economic collapse when “O” took office, that we were on pace to lose 4500 American lives in a war that we should not have started, that our worldwide image was terrible, and so on and on and on. Obama fixed all that with an 8-iron in his hand? He is amazing! Fore!

      • surfjac

        Someone started in with that vacation nonsense earlier this week. Ignoring the fact bush went on vacation for like 3 years or something…Calls to several Presidential libraries reveal that President Obama’s
        predecessor, George W. Bush, was on vacation more — 1,020 days (2.8 years) — than
        any U.S. President since Herbert Hoover and possibly more than any other
        President in history.
        Obama was elected and sworn in on the same day gop leaders got together and swore to make a one time president (and failed) by obstructing everything he did or wanted done. This is known. He faced a tremendous budget deficit because some knucklehead left the cost of two wars out of his budget and instituted a medicare plan that wasn’t paid for. Obama faced massive unemployment figures, was criticized at every turn for spending money that was spent by the previous administration and then there is the whole “hatred of the black man in the White House” thing. All the lies, all the obstruction…any one who criticizes the President as you did should be laughed the hell outta’ here because clearly they have no grasp of history.

    • Eg Kbbs

      bdc777, dumb question: if that is the case, why are they decreasing funds for the safety net? Shouldn’t they be expanding it ?

  • Garibaldi

    Two points: as much as I don’t like it, the Tea Party is probably the most successful radical movement in US politics and society in the last 100 years. Second, it is a conceit of the rest of the country to think that racism occurs only in “the Deep South.”

  • Ronald Mack

    When the current crop of twenty somethings are 60; the right will be a distant memory.

    • fred

      I’m not so sure about that. We baby boomers were supposedly the most idealistic generation ever. But today, the nutbaggiest people I know are baby boomers.

  • Shannon C.

    We may be becoming more liberal; I certainly hope so, but the fact remains that as long as conservatives continue to gerrymander to their hearts’ content, and suppress voting in the name of preventing non-existent voter fraud, it will be generations before liberals will have a louder voice.

  • Mr_Gone2Rio

    You have a rather narrow understanding of what conservatism is all about, and I say that as a lifelong liberal. Traditional conservatism, including the ’50s version, is not concerned with controlling people’s private lives. It is more accurately described as believing in a limited role for government and reliance on free enterprise to address societal issues. The GOP needs to return to that focus to appeal to voters who are socially liberal but fiscally conservative.

    • Jo Clark

      Hogwash. He understands perfectly well what conservatism is all about. You’re missing the point completely, which is that the tea party extremes are running the show right now and they will continue to do so until the GOP no longer needs that base of voters to win anything OR the baggers split off on their own.

      Every GOP legislator out there is terrified of “ticking off” the tea party machine. After the 2012 “we need to rebrand” statements, what did they do? Doubled down on appeasing the tea party extremes. Reality is that the country is becoming more liberal. Where is the GOP going to go? If they amend their ways to become more mainstream, they may as well join the Dem Party.

      No longer can they be successful and be anti-LGBT, anti-Immigration, anti-minorities, anti-poor, anti-women, anti-worker, and anti-all-religions-except-ours.

      Christie said recently that the GOP didn’t need to change their platform, just how they present it. He couldn’t be more wrong. They need to change everything about their platform, and as I said, where does that leave them? They’d be Democrats.

      • Guido FL

        BS !

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        hey guido– care to refute this? NO???
        seems poor white trash regressive crybaby guido needs new pampers

      • Mr_Gone2Rio

        This article says that the GOP can fix itself only if it “stops acting like conservatives.” That’s a misreading of what conservatism is as a political philosophy. More accurately, the GOP can save itself if it stops playing to people who are racist, xenophobic, intolerant religious bigots who want to control other people’s social activity. To conflate the two is very sloppy thinking and suggests a narrow understanding of the term.

        I did not miss the point of the article at all. I agree that the GOP needs to avoid playing to that crowd, but they’re not “true conservatives,” even if they brand themselves as such.

      • surfjac

        “..the GOP can save itself if it stops playing to people who are racist,
        xenophobic, intolerant religious bigots who want to control other
        people’s social activity.”

        But then, who would support you? That’s your base right there. Whatever draws that type of person to the conservative movement is drawn to the conservative movement because they ARE all those things.
        Why is that?
        Answer that question and maybe you’ll set yourself on a more enlightened path.

    • Stephen Barlow

      Those are the buzz words. How is limiting a woman’s access to healthcare NOT CONTROLLING THE PERSONAL LIVES OF SELECTED INDIVIDUALS?

      Is it a Free Enterprise FREEDOM? How are EXTENSIVE RESTRICTIVE LEGISLATION and VOTER SUPPRESSION LAWS (to combat the FRAUD of Voter Fraud) a limited role of government?

      What’s the GOP buzzwords for THAT reality gone?

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        the GOP has a new mantra:
        ” do as I say,,,,,,,,,,not as I do”

      • Stephen Barlow


      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        ok,,,,,,,,,,,, not new
        but they are starting 2 give away (relatively ) new BENGHAZI T shirts on FOX “news”

    • TruthBtold

      That’s the majority of Americans. Fiscally conservative and socially liberal. But that’s not modern conservatives. They’ve given up those principals and sold out to their moneyed masters. Why shouldn’t we have single payer health care? Insurance co. lobbyists. Why shouldn’t people be paid a livable wage? Corporate lobbyists. Why shouldn’t banks be regulated? Again, lobbyists. It’s a sad state of affairs, but that’s the world. I’m not saying republicans are the only ones, Dems are guilty of this as well, but not to the same degree. Not even in the same atmosphere. We need a fundamental shift of our countries’ consciousness. The problem with our system now is that there is always losers. And not little losers, like LOSE EVERYTHING LOSERS. That’s a problem. We can have a capitalist society without damning the majority to poverty.

    • giankeys luvs shemale porn

      amen,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,me described perfectly: financially conservative an socially liberal

    • surfjac

      I keep hearing that from some conservatives yet if you open your eyes and mind, you’ll see that the definition you just uttered just ain’t the way it is. It may have evolved from what you said into what it is but what it was ain’t what it is.

  • Sunnysmom

    Thanks to the massive propaganda machine that passes for media these days, we’re fast become a nation of out-of-control extremists, especially on the right. An example of this is the refugee children at the border. The rhetoric gets amped up and pretty soon they are dehumanized and the GOTP turned on Ted Cruz like a snake for taking stuffed animals to kids at the border. First time ever as a liberal that I appreciated something Ted Cruz did. Unless and until the right-wing extremists have less influence on the GOP, they will never win over independent voters.

  • Steve Temke

    I don’t think Chris Christie, and conservatives in general, “get it” at all. It’s not the “tone” of their message. It’s the message itself. Conservatives believe that business should be allowed to do anything they want, without regulation, so that the rich can continue to get richer, and that all us “fags and sluts” are going to hell and they’ll legislate them out of existence. They can’t “pretty up” that message.

  • Guido FL

    Immigration reform is code for amnesty as most informed people know. As for minority’s, code for the welfare gimme class who occupy our large lawless cities in a state of lawlessness why are these people protected ?

    The GOP repents the middle class producers not the lazy entitlement laggards.

    Krispy Kreme Christi is a RINO and should run on the democrat ticket !

    • Jillz

      “As for minority’s, code for the welfare gimme class who occupy our large lawless cities in a state of lawlessness why are these people protected ?” Wow, my stomach actually turned when I read that.

      The GOP does not protect the middle class – they protect the 1% and are destroying the middle class doing so. The GOP help the wealthy and if you want to talk about “lazy entitlement laggards” google “Corporate Welfare”. Do you have any idea how much of your tax dollars go to support large corporations while you complain about your vulnerable CITIZENS (you know, human beings), receiving food stamps?


    • giankeys luvs shemale porn

      and,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, little dicked guido: who– pray tell– is YOUR splendid GOP ( see: regressive white trash) candidate??

  • Bine646

    Clifton write an article on Jonathan Gruber and how he confirms the courts decision. How will this not ruin democrats? Seems they planned on citizens not getting their subsidizes- cmon Alllen lets see that story

    • giankeys luvs shemale porn

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      ,,,,,,,,yet he comes on this thread and bitches about that which does NOT pertain to the topic
      can U say: ” white trash regressive crybaby republican”?
      NOTE: ‘ruin democrats’? impossible 2 do as regressives are far more adept at ruining themselves– on a quotidian basis– thus staying miles ahead in that race

      • Bine646

        This is the caliber of human that this website attracts huh?

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

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      • Bine646

        Dont feed the trolll

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        again,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, the erroneous crybaby we all ” love” to mock
        shall we compare republican policies (federal) VS democrat policies—-and how they affected all americans in the past 25 yrs? NO?
        Geeee,,,,,,,,,,,ya might be a regressive white trash redneck crybaby

  • Eg Kbbs

    The problem isn’t that they are actively working to destroy people, the problem is that the way they are presenting themselves. Yeah, …….riiiiigght!

    Reminds me when Congress repubs had a session on ways to appear more open to women. Basically, that chicks don’t like to be called broads /snark.

  • Stephen Barlow

    How is ANY of this parafing and gesticulatory cancer actually ‘GOVERNING” “The Great State of Decrepitude and Corruption known as New Jersey?”

    (That for you purists. That is the OFFICIAL name of the state. They just couldn’t fit it all in the seal or on the flag…

    So they shortened it.

  • Dr. Dee

    I’d actually like the GOP to act like the GOP of the 50’s. Eisenhower was the last great GOP president and spent quite a bit on infrastructure projects.

    • Stephen Barlow

      There was a second one? Harding? Coolidge? Hoover?



      Who was the one who killed all the Indians with all out War?

      • Alierias

        White Murderer Harrison

      • Stephen Barlow

        I was thinking of Grant or Hayes.

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        Coolidge was ok,,,,,,,,,,,,,
        ever notice that so-called POLLS which ask for the GREATEST president usually want the choices from AFTER WW2??
        beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee cause FDR is #1 all time

  • Matthew Reece

    The most likely outcome is that the Republican Party will fail over the next ~20 years. This will probably lead to a new two-party system that puts the Libertarian Party against the Democratic Party, with the most prominent minor parties being a combined Green Party/Justice Party on the left and either the Constitution Party or a much smaller Republican Party on the right.

    • giankeys luvs shemale porn

      matt baby—
      twenty years>>>?????? Im willing to wager 12- maybe less. the TRUE(r) repubs will assimilate elsewhere; many ( most?) will acquiesce and go to democrats; some leftovers to lib(tea?) party
      wouldn’t it be funny if an independent gay black atheist woman was president soon.

  • Jo Goss

    It “feels” like the GOP got so weird because we have an African-American president. Maybe the baggers will crawl back under their rocks after 2016.

    • Moon Doggie

      Unless they’re misogynists–I fully expect Hillary to have them frothing at the mouth by her second week.

      • Jo Goss

        Oh yea, I forgot, our next president will be a woman. They will have to shift strategy a little bit.

    • giankeys luvs shemale porn

      an African American who has a NON “Christian” sounding name and speaks more eloquently than any president since ,,,,,,,,since,,,,,,,???

      ( and NO– Reagan isn’t the answer- )

  • OldCowboy

    What Christie proposes is like asking a leopard to change its spots. Not only can the leopard not change its spots, it doesn’t want to change its spots. Its spots are what makes it a leopard and without them it would not be a leopard.

    That’s the problem with the GOP. They are the party of the bigoted, racist, misogynist, white man. They don’t want to appeal to non-christian, brown skinned, women and men.

  • Mark Gruben

    I read a couple of items not long ago. When asked in a poll, “Are you, yourself, within the top 1% of America’s wealthiest people?” an amazing 17% said YES. Almost 1 person in 5 thinks he or she is within the top 1%? Seriously?? This illustrates the fact that there are people who are well-off, people who have wealth, people who are rich, people who are really rich, people who are among the super-rich, and way above that, are the 1%. On the other hand, when asked, “Could you, yourself, come up with $2,000 cash in one week’s time?” 40% of people said NO. Somewhere between those two facts, supposedly, lies America’s middle class.