The Message of the Modern GOP from the Perspective of an Old Time now Former MemberSubmitted by Caardvaark on Wed, 11/07/2012 - 22:23
Obama was a weak incumbent. He could have been beaten by a decent Republican nominee. However, more importantly, the message of the modern GOP is an even bigger failure then the choice of candidate. The choice of a poor candidate is a symptom and not a cause of the 2012 Presidential election defeat.
Republican social policies like restricting birth control in a developed nation, marginalizing gays, and demonizing Muslims is becoming an intolerable position to defend. The "Rape babies are a gift" comments from the likes of Akin and Santorum disgust and discourage millions.
Foreign, domestic, and monetary policy is also problematic, but differs from the Democrats more in rhetoric then substance so I won't go into that here.
George Bush is arguably the worst President of my lifetime. It was he and Karl Rove that sent the GOP down the road they are on. The wild-eyed evangelical throng, first cultivated by Rove and the "moral majority", then fed and watered by the likes of Limbaugh and TV evangelicals (remember them?), has torn the fabric of the GOP flag.
Votes for the GOP are now in three major markets, old rich white people that benefit the most from bankster shenanigans, backwater evangelicals that somehow still believe the GOP has the upper hand on morality, and people that are exclusive consumers of propaganda like Fox News. The National Rifle Association, a former GOP powerhouse, totally lost credibility and revealed themselves as political hacks with the endorsement of Romney – a former receiver of their D- rating.
Chairman of the RNC, Rience Priebus is somehow the last to know. He is frozen in the 1980's and somebody told him it was still working. Sorry GOP - Kill more enemies, lock up more Americans, and save the zygotes ain't working in America ever again. Fervent religious fundamentalism, expressed politically,is a problem all over the world. The GOP brand is tainted by religious zealotry and social extremism.
As the demographics of America quickly change due to birth rate differences and immigration, the GOP is already in decline. Non-whites have avoided the GOP in droves due to a perception of bigotry, snobbishness, and exclusivity promoted by the Party itself and recently exemplified by the condescending concept of the 47%.
Next, add the past deterioration in the base created by the memory of Bush (notice how Romney never trotted him out or even mentioned his name) and pile on the embarrassment of the Mitt Romney nomination itself. But wait – don't stop there! You still need to consider the fact that alternative news is the choice of young people everywhere – Fox and Clear Channel Radio are in real danger of losing a grip on the propaganda machine.
Listen closely and you must conclude that what you are hearing from neocons and hacks, is the wheezing sound of a death rattle. Perhaps it's not too late, but something must change soon or the next President will also be a Democrat - with a mandate.