I have this friend Mike, who aligns himself with conservatives. Good guy, just has different ideas than I do about what will work in politics. A while back I made a sarcastic post on Facebook – something to do with the GOP and he replied “Don’t be a hater!”
You see that a lot of comments like this on web from both sides. “Haters suck.” Well, he’s right, they do.
I got him back today when he posted a comment about how entertaining it will be to watch Hillary get prosecuted. Touché. I only mention this because this post isn’t intended to be about hating on Republicans. Nah, haters suck. I agree.
This is more of a general observation about logic that escapes me.
I must admit one of my favorite television viewing experiences was right after the 2012 election when the pundits who predicted a GOP landslide were caught with their pants down on live TV. As a result, some aren’t even welcome to opine on Fox anymore. Dick Morris for example, has moved on to history documentaries and is nowhere to be seen. Karl Rove’s “…but, but, but, it’s not over yet in Ohio” while Megyn Kelly held the microphone in his face was well, just too much entertainment to ask for. I believe the word for this is schadenfreude. Not one of my better traits, but at least I’m honest about it.
After a week or so came the GOP post-mortem. I remember it clearly. The failure to attract a higher percentage of the Latino vote was key to Romney’s loss. Obama won the Latino vote 71% to 27% and worse for the GOP, this is a growing demographic they have to deal with in future elections.
We heard a lot of talk about “making a wider tent” and having policies that will attract Latinos to the Republican party as the strategy that will be addressed for 2016.
Well, that didn’t last long.
Enter the increasing influence of talk radio on the electorate. Hosts like Laura Ingraham, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck are inside the Tea Partiers’ heads. The post-mortem strategy lasted about 5 minutes before the rally cries for deporting 14 million illegals back to Mexico! That should play well with Latinos.
Now the top 2 delegate winners in Iowa are non-establishment candidates who signed on to this philosophy. The establishment is cringing because Rove and Priebus both know that this is a disaster waiting to happen and there’s nothing they can do about it. The religious right and tea partiers have hijacked the Republican party.
Perhaps the best part is, it doesn’t stop there. Donald Trump throws insults at women and Muslims as if he can win the general election with the white-male vote. How does someone who is so poor at math become a billionaire? Curious minds want to know.
As far as I can tell, the adjusted strategy, instead of luring the Latino vote, the GOP is now focused on placing tighter restrictions on voter registration and gerrymandering. We’ll see how this turns out.
I became an Independent right after we entered the first Gulf War and I witnessed the US and Iraqi governments rounding up Baath party members for a visit to the slammer ( or worse ). After that I decided, who needs a party? I don’t want my name on that card. What if the guy ( or gal ) does something really stupid? Like drop an atomic bomb on a foreign county? Guilty by association? Maybe.
I say this because I, like a lot of people have grown weary from the political dynasties of Clinton and Bush. Apart from their legal troubles which I opined on here, I like Hillary as a candidate. She’s a very smart woman. And I think she’d fight for the middle class far more than anyone on the GOP side would. But she’s too cozy with the super pac donors and I think that taints any candidate. That’s why I’m rooting for Bernie Sanders in this election. The biggest selling point for me is the average donation of $27, and not taking money from super pacs.
Bernie is seen as about as far left as you can get, but just because I support his candidacy doesn’t mean that I endorse massive government spending. On the contrary. I’d like to see all departments reviewed annually for places to tighten up. There’s a ton of wasteful spending, there’s no doubt about that. There’s plenty of blame to go around for this on both sides of the aisle. Democrats for allowing too many handouts unchecked, and Republicans for not closing loop-holes that ensure the rich get richer while the rest of us battle for the crumbs.
I’m not hating on Republicans here, just pointing out the irony of the post-mortem analysis from 2012 and wondering where it went.