More Proof that the Republican Party is Spiraling Toward its Final Days of Being Nationally Relevant

rip-gopSince the dawn of the tea party, I basically had two views of it based on their radical ideology.  Either it would be short-lived and quickly squashed within a couple of years, or it would eventually destroy the Republican party.

Well, it appears that it’s going to eventually destroy the Republican party.

See, groups supporting these more radical right-wing candidates who are seeking to “take down” those Republicans they deem too moderate for daring to work with President Obama and Democrats on anything, are out raising their more “established” counterparts by quite a lot.

According to the NYTimes:

“Four Republican-leaning groups with close ties to the party’s leadership in Congress — Crossroads and its super PAC affiliate; the Congressional Leadership Fund; and Young Guns Action Fund — raised a combined $7.7 million in 2013. By contrast, four conservative organizations that have battled Republican candidates deemed too moderate or too yielding on spending issues — FreedomWorks, the Club for Growth Action Fund, the Senate Conservatives Fund, and the Tea Party Patriots — raised a total of $20 million in 2013, according to Federal Election Commission reports filed on Friday.”

So basically, the advantage established Republican leadership always held because they were out-raising their more radical counterparts is quickly fading away.  And as most people know, money in politics is often power in politics.  Often the candidates who raise the most money win.

And that’s the scary part for Republicans.  They’re about to face what Democrats have had to deal with for years – battling a group of people who don’t care about reality.

Which, let me tell you, is a lot of fun.

These people really believe this radical right-wing Ted Cruz-style conservatism is what’s best for the United States.

Despite the fact that most polls show the country is becoming more liberal, these tea party Republicans actually believe they can win because Americans are more conservative.

I’ve seen plenty of these tea party voters (and a few tea party-backed politicians) say that the only reason President Obama won in 2012 was because Mitt Romney wasn’t conservative enough.

Let’s break down that logic.  Mitt Romney battled much more radical right-wing candidates and won.  They went state by state, gaining delegates based on who got the most votes during these primary elections.  Conservative voters selected Romney basically because he was the only “electable” clown performing in that circus.

Yet these tea party Republicans really believe that someone like Rick Santorum would have done better?

Reality check: Conservative voters overwhelmingly chose Mitt Romney over Rick Santorum (and every other tea party favorite) so how exactly would someone like Santorum have then done better against President Obama?

It makes absolutely no sense.

But that’s why the GOP is in a lot of trouble.  These far-right radicals are starting to raise more money than they do.  If they continue to gain more power and “primary” more moderate Republicans – it’s going to cost them quite a lot of power nationally.

Because facts continue to show American voters are becoming more liberal, not more conservative.

In fact the tea party continues to drop in popularity nationally, though it still maintains a strong presence within the Republican party itself.

So this is the future of the GOP if these tea party backed candidates continue to “primary” more moderate Republicans.  They’ll still maintain many of their seats in more rural areas that are strongly conservative.  But in most of the more moderate areas they’re going to run some of these insane candidates under the Republican banner who believe things like the world is 6,000 years old and evolution is a myth, against a Democrat who appeals much more to the common voter because they believe in things like science.

They’ll never be gone, but they’ll shrink to a point that they’ll essentially have no power in Congress and absolutely no chance at the presidency.

Because remember, general elections are decided by every voter – primary elections are often decided by just those who are registered with that particular party.   And usually the “base” of that party represents the majority of those voting in primary elections.

Which, as most of us know, the base of the Republican party are these radical tea party fanatics.

This is why I’ve implored moderate Republicans to take their party back.  Democrats and Republicans will rarely ever agree on a lot of issues, but there was a time when we could at least work together to get something done.

But that’s not what’s going on any longer.  Now we have a whole group of tea party Republicans who seem determined to prove our government doesn’t work by actively ensuring that it doesn’t from within.

They’re essentially trying to sabotage our government to fulfill their own prophecies.

Except, that’s not what they’re going to do.  Don’t get me wrong, tea party Republicans will destroy something – but it’ll be their own party.

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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  • ditomagik

    I agree. It is becoming so obvious, day by day. Unreal!

  • felipe63

    “Conservative voters overwhelmingly chose Mitt Romney over Rick Santorum (and every other tea party favorite) so how exactly would someone like Santorum have then done better against President Obama?”

    Reality check -it is not remotely true that “Conservative voters overwhelmingly chose Mitt Romney over Rick Santorum”. In Ohio the Romney’s margin of victory was 0.8%, repeat, 0.8% (37.9% v 37.1%). Hardly an ‘overwhelming’ win (unlike last nights game), and that was after outspending Santorum by a ratio of 8:1. That’s just one example.

    I like this page but you gotta be more objective about reality and not make patently untrue statements like above just because they fit your narrative. I’ll turn to Faux if I want that.

  • Sandy Greer

    It’s the ‘begrudging’. Party of No just says NO to gays (marriage) women (right to abortion) kids (meals in schools) poor (Food Stamps, Unemployment) sick (ACA) I could go on (and on, ad nauseum) but you get the gist.

    Does the GOP actually like ANY of us?

    We just don’t ‘feel the love’…

    • white trash religious teaparty

      they LOVE aging white trash regressive atavistic CHRISTIAN ( Baptist mainly) pseudo-elitist scum who want America to regress to circa 1913
      ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, lets all share that LOVE by voting them the silver medal in 2014 and beyond

  • Kevin Daugherty

    Younger voters are decidely more liberal and its having an impact. The old guard is on its way out and its high time; wish my dad had lived to see it.

  • Edward Krebbs

    Agree that the ultra-extreme conservatives will tear apart the GOP. However, how do we guarantee they don’t tear apart the nation first ?

    • 2Smart2bGOP

      Vote Democrat this year, and persuade your friends and family to do so as well. If we have a large voter turnout, history shows that the Dems will come out on top.

  • Melanie Collins Pennock

    To the question above about supporting Ted Cruz for president….Oh, Hell NO!!!!

    • white trash religious teaparty

      I disagree————- we SHOULD vote cruz/Rpaul/palin/huck(STER)abee/beck as a president,,,,,,,
      ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, of the john birch ‘society’

  • MLR

    The radical r/w lunatics are destroying this country on their way to destroying the republican party. I just hope left and center of this country show up in 2014 to vote. Otherwise we’re doomed and we might as well accept we’ll be well on our way to 3rd world country status.

  • Gabriel Gentile

    Just like Bush getting re-elected proved Democrats were on the way out? That was the rhetoric of the day if I remember right.

    • white trash religious teaparty

      re-elected? or stolen ( replicating 2000)?

      • TheBrutalKremlin

        I would add: ‘Allowed to be stolen”

      • white trash religious teaparty

        I cannot dispute that :))

  • Kristinfan413years

    I think it’s hilarious that they say “Obama is a communist” lol no that’s Republicans! if they had there way they’d put chastity belts on women,no TSA and more and more devastation. they don’t stand for Christian values. if they did. they would be helping the poor. #SUCKITRETHUGS!

    • white trash religious teaparty

      not only communist: he is also a muslim radical Christian socialist Kenyan from mars who hates white people
      …………………………… signed: Glenn Beck/michelle maklin/ allen west/ mike huck(STER)abee et al

  • Joel Christen

    Like President Obama said to Romney in the debates. “Please proceed” Republicans.

    • white trash religious teaparty


      • DAME

        Hey…great points of view….and great rack…..lmao

      • white trash religious teaparty

        thank U dame,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, my girlfiend Katherines “rack”
        some guys are a leg man,,some an ass man-

    • Bookwench

      I still love that comment of Obama’s….so calm, cool, and collected

  • TheBrutalKremlin

    I would argue that the heart of the GOP is alive and well – just sifting to the Democratic party. Aside from salacious headlines, Obama is not a progressive – he’s a centrist at best, leaning right. He ran on ‘change’ and we got none. It is clear one president cannot go up against the Koch Bros, etc, because they’re too powerful. All is not lost, but it’s going to take a helluva lot more than the Tea-failure to fix things. Younger people do show promise, but unfortunately we’ve got 2 generations of ‘Everyone’s a Winner’ educated idiots, who have no real broad concept of the world it’s history, and how it works, because we’ve trained them to sit on touchscreen, play video games and attach their self-esteem to TV shows. We need to bring back real rigour, and excellence to education – and along with it, real training and vocational option, and apprenticeships – these things work. Teaching kids to “feel good” about their idiosyncrasies and how baboons mate is nice & all – but look where it’s got us. They can’t balance a check book or read, on the whole.

    The left is just as in the pockets of Big business as the right. Neither want a real end to this abhorrent climate we’ve been living under because if you take away the issue, solve it, you take away the pay of the people who depend on keeping it unsolved. Pundits, media, lobbyists – they run things. And we fund them – inadvertently, via 401K’s & blind Mutual Funds (how many of you out there carry AT&T phones – a major supporter of the right wing? for a lone example), and other round-the-house contributions. It needs to start at home, imho, not just waiting for the other side to fall – because these people are like an infestation of ants – they just rebuild unless you change the game.

    All that said, the Left needs a new strategy. You cannot be everything to everybody. This Pollyanna PC lobbying machine that selects a new issue about every 20 minutes is doomed to monotony and no progress. And I , for one, am bored to tears with the whole status quo rhetoric mill. When the lazy middle and upper middle classes feel a pinch and decide to do something, they will. Until then, simply trying to convince people of a moral high ground is not progress, its placation. Pass the pacifier.

    There’s an old wise saying out there: “Let it begin with me”.

    • white trash religious teaparty

      good stuff here—-

    • S. Phillips

      Two generations of “everone’s a winner” — poppycock!! That’s the unjust diatribe of the elders who broke the social contract we had with our own kids and grandkids, blaming their victims. The slander against millennials has been a popular one, but it was largely a media invention post-2008 recession. When my kids were born in 1988 and 1989, the press noted that the Baby Echo (as they were then called) would be fighting for every foothold, for their entire lives. We parents were warned that their sheer numbers would mean our kids facing fierce competition for good colleges, good jobs and even for decent housing. Then GWB comes along and seals their fate, borrowing and spending, crashing the economy, and these same kids — who were prepped and tutored and were building their resumes since primary school — found themselves crushed with tuition loans and few prospects. To add your insult to the injury WE did to them is disgusting. From what I’ve observed, my daughter and her peers are the generation of “any job, plus.” They work long hours at thankless, low-wage employment (anything they can find) “plus” they have businesses on the side, doing all they can do to become financially independent despite the disappearance of middle class jobs. Sure, some of these young adults have become so discouraged and angry that they might fit your stereotype. But I don’t blame them. I saw what “trickle down” economics left for them, and it’s not much.

      • TheBrutalKremlin

        Oh PLEASE! Go defend this erroneous, inane hippie approach to education somewhere else. I agree on the funding and the right wing gutting of the already broken system – but chop your “poppycock’ up any way you like, we’ve got 2 generations of stupid people who cannot tell you what the economic factors leading to WWII were, what happens when global trade breaks down, or how to write a critical essay without Wikipedia. But they make great McConsumers who “Feel Good About themselves”. I hope you give yourself a gold star for getting out of bed today! You’re a WINNER!

      • S. Phillips

        Ahem. Don’t forget to thank conservatives for defunding the schools and making money on “teaching to the test.” You can also thank the corruption in school districts with top-heavy administration payrolls and overworked teachers. You might also note an economy that requires two paychecks to cover the bills and leaves the kids with no parent available to help with homework. But I doubt it has much to do with “feel good” medals: My mother, born 1938, recalls being given participation medals and ribbons just as much in the 1950s. I engaged in a lively debate online where several retired teachers ALSO testified that such trophies and certificates for participation were common in the 1960s and 70s, when we late baby-boomers were going through schools. Yours is just another B.S. slander, a generational smear — got any EVIDENCE on your side? Bet you don’t.