In Denial

The leadership of the Republican party are entering into deep anger and denial as a way of coping with their massive loss yesterday.

Exhibit A:

A Republican official in Washington spoke for many defiant colleagues by predicting that the party would not need to change because Mr Obama would drive the Democrats to disaster in a second term.

“He’ll damage the Democrat party brand so badly with $16 trillion in national debt, and the bad economy, that his successor won’t be able to win,” the official told The Daily Telegraph.

The Republican also boasted that the party’s roster of potential presidential candidates in 2016 was superior to that of the Democrats, who may be forced to turn to party veterans.

“There’s no way Hillary Clinton can run and win after Benghazi. Joe Biden isn’t taken seriously,” the official said. “There’s no one on their bench – at least for another six to eight years. We have Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal – and Jeb Bush”.

Exhibit B:

we are witnessing the final establishment of the long-feared dependency majority, where half the country is not paying federal income taxes and are on the receiving end of government largess and, expect “they” to pay their fair share to pay for it.

… We have never quite had the present perfect storm of nearly half not paying federal income taxes, nearly 50 million on food stamps, and almost half the population on some sort of federal largess — and a sophistic elite that promotes it and at the same time finds ways to be exempt from its social and cultural consequences. For an Obama, Biden, Kerry, Pelosi, or a Feinstein, the psychological cost for living like 18th-century French royalty is the promotion of the welfare state for millions of others that live, and for now will be kept far away, in places like Bakersfield or Mendota.

The solution, I fear, may be near-insolvency along the Wisconsin model, and self-correction after some dark Greek-like years, or, in contrast, in extremis blue politicians having to deal with the consequences of their own policies.

It remains to be seen whether they can pass on to acceptance in time. Acceptance that the GOP dug its own grave

Yes, Obama won with a coalition of voters from various demographic groups (not especially odd for a Democrat, although more dramatic than the recent past, perhaps).

But no, because there is nothing inherent about being black, latino, or female that means that one is destined to vote Democratic,

It is about policy.

Take latinos:  it should be a shock to no one that Romney had a difficult time with this demographic.  One talk about whatever one likes, but the bottom line is that the Republican Party has been working overtime to inform latinos that they are not part of the Republican coalition and, in fact, might not even be real Americans.  What else do we all think that the message is when Republican-controlled Arizona passes an immigration law that has the practical effect of making any darker-hued individual feel like they might be asked for their papers?  Or when Republican-controlled Alabama passes an even tougher law that requires the gathering of data on the immigration status of school children.

Forget for a moment border issues and one’s views on immigration and just take those two very real, and very simple examples and try a little shoe on the other foot thinking.  If one is white one is not concerned in the least about these issues.  If one is of Latin American desecent, evne if one’s family has been in the United States before there was a United States, one is going to feel targeted.

…demography is not the driver.  Policy is the driver.

When I hear Republicans lament that they can’t get the latino vote as if there was some magical connection between having Mexican ancestors and voting for Democrats, I want to bang my head against the wall.  When your party effectively demonizes a demographic, that demographic is likely to vote en masse for the other party.

Heck, why did the Republican Party once have the African-American vote and why did they lose it?  Policy.

Why is this so hard to understand?

Cognitive dissonance.

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Steve Hynd

Most recently I was Editor in Chief of The Agonist from Feb 2012 to Feb 2013. My blogging began at Newshoggers and I’ve had the immense pleasure of working with some great writers there and around the web ever since, including at Crooks & Liars. I'm a late 40′s, Scottish ex-pat, now married to a wonderful Texan, with Honours in Philosophy from Univ. of Stirling, UK 1986. I worked most of life in business insurance industry (fire, accident, liability) including 12 years as a broker/underwriter/correspondent at Lloyd’s of London. Being from the other side of the pond, my political interests tend to focus on how US foreign policy affects the rest of the planet. Other interests include early and dark-ages British history, literature and cognitive philosophy/science.

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  • Two things Republicans could have learned from the Harper Conservatives.

    Yahoo, By Andy Radia

    For the past year, at least, we’ve all read the stories coming from the United States suggesting that the Republicans should take a page from the Harper Conservatives’ play book with regards to economic policy.

    Right leaning conservatives with Harper-envy touted policies such as lower corporate taxes and budget cuts — ‘just like in Canada’ — as a path to the White House.

    Maybe they should have done that.

    But they also should have picked-up on a couple of other ideas from the Tories:

    More at the link

  • “There’s no way Hillary Clinton can run and win after Benghazi. Joe Biden isn’t taken seriously,” the official said. “There’s no one on their bench – at least for another six to eight years. We have Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal – and Jeb Bush”.

    Yea. Them twin Texas mayors…they’re not ready yet, right? Nevermind that we can actually imagine a Jerry Brown run (he got a tax hike passed! Over Prop 13!). I can envision even a Richard Blumenthal run.

    Meanwhile Walker and Ryan have been repudiated (or refudiated), Marco Rubio has his own issues to deal with and Jindal has shown he couldn’t even give a speech that keeps people interested.

    Jeb Bush is the single stupidest choice I’ve heard this season. Chris Christie would make a more viable candidate.

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