October 25, 2007

Irrelevant Republicans?

Michael Crawford over at Bilerico Project has a great post up about whether or not the Republicans will learn their lesson before they become completely irrelevant.

The Value Voters Summit showed just how out of the mainstream the Republican Party has become after decades of pandering to the increasingly extreme views of white conservative evangelicals who place a greater value on tax cuts for the wealthy, bashing gays, vilifying anyone with skin darker than former KKK member David Duke and cheerleading the Iraq war than on solving issues around poverty, joblessness, HIV/AIDS and global climate change. Meanwhile, President Bush has vetoed a bill that would have increased the number of poor kids who have access to medical care while asking for $46 billions more for his failed war.

The conference attendees also spent an inordinate amount of time deifying former president Ronald Reagan in clear violation of the first commandant which states: I am the Lord your God. You shall have no other gods before me.
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More important is the refusal of the GOP to evolve as our nation becomes increasingly diverse and as the global economy increases the need for diplomacy and international cooperation over America's big stick. The GOP continues it blind obsession with the straight male voters at its own peril.

Posted by mcblogger at October 25, 2007 11:53 AM

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When party "leadership" strays from the values of those who brought them to the dance, the lights go out and the dancers go elsewhere. We have seen it happen in the Democratic party and now the Republicans are seeing it with their "horses" for the 2008 Republican Presidential primary.

It is also dangerous when any one group becomes so front and center vocal that every other member of the party is branded with their position even if there are different viewpoints in the coalition. When winning becomes more important that governing, we end up with people in office like Susan Combs and Todd Staples. It is important that as a party, Democrats learn from our own and from Republican mistakes. We must identify candidates who will govern /serve effectively, representing the interest of folks who are unable and/or too apathetic to support them in the electoral process. When parties begin selecting candidates and funding their races adequately to win with the time challenged, harried parent who is working multiple jobs in different parts of the county while juggling children, home, errands and other demands -- we'll see a different face to American politics. When these people discover that the system actually supports them, I suspect more of them will step up and be more active in the process.

Posted by: Faith Chatham [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 26, 2007 10:00 AM

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