For quite a few years now I’ve been predicting the ultimate demise of the Republican party. My feeling has been that, over time, the voice of the radical right (tea party crazies) would continue to grow louder and louder, ultimately putting the Republican party in a dangerous position where it would either have to fully embrace the crazies or risk ripping the party apart.
Despite what we all might think about the GOP, party leaders are well aware that eventually Republicans are going to have to tone down some of their rhetoric (particularly it pertains to gay rights and immigrants) if they want to remain relevant nationally – especially during presidential elections.
But therein lies the problem: How do you pander to ultra-conservatives who harbor bigotry, racism and out-of-touch ignorance on many social issues while still appealing to a society that’s becoming increasingly more progressive with each generation?
The truth is, they can’t. If Republicans try to walk the line of the more moderate aspects of the party of the 80’s and 90’s, while still allowing the tea party to heavily influence large parts of the GOP, eventually what you’re going to see is the party ripped in two.
It seems Republican Senator Lindsey Graham agrees with me, declaring during a CNN interview that if the “complete idiot” Trump wins the GOP nomination, it would be “the end of the Republican party.”
He also set his sights on Trump’s ignorance concerning military matters and foreign policy.
“He’s shallow,” Graham exclaimed. “He’s ill-prepared to be commander in chief. He’s a complete idiot when it comes to Mideast policy.”
While I’m sure many will dismiss Graham’s comments as just a fellow GOP candidate who’s desperate for attention, I think his comments are actually more telling of a much larger problem brewing within the Republican party. As Trump’s star continues to rise, I think it’s obvious the RNC (and most people within the party) cannot stand the fact that he’s the party’s overwhelming favorite right now to win the nomination.
But the problem is, they don’t know what the hell to do about him. If they actively try to take him out, they’ll only increase the likelihood that he runs as a third-party candidate. But at the same time, if they embrace him, they’re well aware that he stands almost no shot at winning in the general election.
They are, quite literally, in a no-win situation. Their only real hope is that Trump’s asinine rhetoric eventually brings himself down. Otherwise, there’s not a whole lot they can do about his continued rockstar status among conservative voters.
If Trump does ultimately win the nomination, I do believe Graham is right when he says that it would most likely be the end of the Republican party.