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Friday, October 28, 2016

WASHINGTON — The central issue in this fall’s elections could turn out to be a sleeper: What kind of Republican Party does the country want?

It is, to be sure, a strange question to put to an electorate in which independents and Democrats constitute a majority. Yet there is no getting around this: The single biggest change in Washington over the last five years has been a GOP shift to a more radical form of conservatism. This, in turn, has led to a kind of rejectionism that views cooperation with President Obama as inherently unprincipled.

Solving the country’s problems requires, above all, turning the Republican Party back into a political enterprise willing to share the burdens of governing, even when a Democrat is in the White House.

For those looking for a different, more constructive Republicanism, this is not a great year to stage the battle. Because of gerrymandering, knocking the current band of Republicans out of control of the House is a herculean task. And most of the competitive seats in the fight for the Senate are held by Democrats in Republican states. The GOP needs to win six currently Democratic seats to take over, and it appears already to have nailed down two or three of these. Republicans are now favored in the open seats of South Dakota and West Virginia, and probably also in Montana.

Nonetheless, there is as yet no sense of the sort of tide that in 2010 gave a Republicanism inflected with Tea Party sensibilities dominance in the House. The core narrative of the campaign has yet to be established. Democrats seeking re-election are holding their own in Senate races in which they are seen as vulnerable.

And then there was last week’s House fiasco over resolving the refugee crisis at our border. It served as a reminder that Republican leaders are handcuffing themselves by choosing to appease their most right-wing members rather than pursuing middle-ground legislation by collaborating with Democrats.

The bill that House Speaker John Boehner was trying to pass last Thursday already tilted well rightward. It provided Obama with only a fraction of what he said was needed to deal with the crisis — $659 million, compared with the president’s request for $3.7 billion. It also included provisions to put deportations on such a fast track that Obama threatened to veto it. A White House statement said that its “arbitrary timelines” were both impractical and inhumane.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi happened to be meeting with a group of journalists when the bill collapsed. “In order for them to pass a bill, they had to make it worse and worse and worse,” she said, referring to Boehner’s efforts to placate members who have entered into an unusual cross-chamber alliance with Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) to foil even conservative legislation if they regard it as insufficiently pure. When the bill was pulled back, Pelosi observed: “They couldn’t make it bad enough.”

On Friday, the GOP leadership pushed the measure still further right and added $35 million for border states to get it passed at an unusual evening session — but not before Republicans themselves had complained loudly about dysfunction in their own ranks.

In the meantime, the Senate was paralyzed on the issue by filibusters and other procedural hurdles that have rendered majority rule an antique notion in what once proudly proclaimed itself “the world’s greatest deliberative body.”

Last week’s legislative commotion could change the political winds by putting the costs of the GOP’s flight from moderation into stark relief. House Republicans found themselves in the peculiar position of simultaneously suing Obama for executive overreach and then insisting that he could act unilaterally to solve the border crisis.

Pelosi, for her part, went out of her way to praise “the Grand Old Party that did so much and has done so much for our country.” Commending the opposing party is not an election year habit, but her point was to underscore that Republicans had been “hijacked” by a “radical right wing” that is not simply “anti-government” but also “anti-governance.”

On balance, Washington gridlock has hurt Democrats more than Republicans by dispiriting moderate and progressive constituencies that had hoped Obama could usher in an era of reform. The key to the election will be whether Democrats can persuade these voters that the radical right is the real culprit in their disappointment — and get them to act accordingly on Election Day.

E.J. Dionne’s email address is [email protected] Twitter: @EJDionne.

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  • Stuart

    GOP favored in South Dakota, West Virginia and Montana. But you forgot to mention they may lose Kentucky and Georgia. So, drop those gains from three senators to one. Not such a big deal anymore, is it?

    • Dominick Vila

      I wish I could be as confident. I doubt Nunn will win in Georgia.
      If we manage to keep control of the Senate it will be by the smallest margin. Probably one or two seats. The worst part is that the GOP is likely to increase the number of seats they have in the House, which they will interpret as a mandate, and will reinforce their conviction that the key to victory in 2016 is a robust opposition.
      I am much more optimistic about 2016, when I expect Democrats to win the White House by a landslide, increase the
      number of seats in the Senate and, maybe, get control of the House. In the interim, the next two years are likely to be very difficult for Democrats, and the Obama administration in particular.

      • FT66

        I am quite optimistic in Nov. 2014. We can’t allow Dems to sleep this coming mid-term election and expect they will wake up come 2016. Two years is like a Century in a political situation we are in now. All Dems must be encouraged to play their part starting now and no time should be wasted in waiting. Afterall who and what will wake them up again?

        • Dominick Vila

          What will wake up our indifferent friends? The GOP getting control of the Senate, re-districting on steroids, the potential rejection of SCOTUS nominees, if vacancies occur during the next 2 years and obstructionism so perverse that would make what happened during the last 5.5 years look like childrens play. Unfortunately, it may be too late by then. rejec

    • FT66

      I fully agree with you Stuart. The same thought has been clicking in my mind few days ago. DNC has to think wisely. It has to pour all resources in Kentucky and Georgia. It has to make sure all tactics used in 2012 must be used in these States. Good that in Kentucky so far they have registered more Dems than republicans who will vote come Nov. This is not enough. They must make sure all those registered must show up to vote. We should all remember adding and subtracting at the same time you end up to be where you have been at the first place.

      • Patricia Robertson

        I think people are going to come out to vote just to prove the republicans wrong again like they did in 2012 and they know what is at stake. It took 2010 for a lot of those to realize the importance of voting and that is the one thing this president has brought about. For so long people had just took it for granted and left it too others to the voting and not worry about but now they are beginning to see what people are saying your vote does matter. A lot of things the president doesn’t do is because he want the people to see and hear for them the words and action come from the republicans mouths and action themselves and not him. They way they know it is not him and they can hear it from the horses mouth so to speak. The republicans have no intention of changing until they see really danger and that will be years from now when all the ole heads are too be around. They don’t realize this new generation is not going away and not going backward but moving forward and will leave them behind. They will be looking more foolish if the lines is long in 2014 and 2016 and etc. Wonder what reason they will?

        • plc97477

          The only problem I see with what you said is I think you got the wrong part of the horse.

  • Dominick Vila

    Judging by the transformation that has already taken place, including efforts to change the definition of the “natural born citizen” constitutional requirement to be President, which seems to apply to Canadian born candidates, but not to Hawaiian born Presidents, I think it is fair to assume that the GOP has already changed to the point that the term “conservative” no longer applies to them.
    Conservative politicians, before the Reagan era, were people with ideas and principles influenced by fiscal prudence, economic caution, and doing whatever it took to protect our national security. The ideological differences, and solutions or approaches embraced by the two parties were obvious, the goal was the same for both. That is, both wanted to improve our standard of living by strengthening our economy, creating jobs that paid livable wages, and doing the best they could to guarantee our security, values, and rights were preserved.
    The new brand of conservatism depends on deficit spending to achieve its goals, accumulation of debt, constant increases of the national debt ceiling; rejection of critical projects, such as investment in infrastructure and preparing to mitigate the effects of climate change; opposing anything that may lead to a reduction in financial inequality and opportunities for ALL Americans, not because these issues are not important to them, but because they know that investment is the key to economic growth and job creation, prosperity, and improvements in our standard of living. Anything that may cause the general public to question the veracity of the message of doom and gloom we hear constantly from GOP-TP politicians, is poison for a party that relies on the destruction of the opposition to overcome their lack of vision and the effects of their party’s record.

  • Budjob

    No.Not now,not ever!

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    The GOP has lost the one thing it needs to be patriotic Americans…honor. The GOP has lost the one group of voters it needs most since that group is 52% of the population…women. The GOP has lost men who fought for their country believing it was FOR their country and who now are coming home to find traitors of the GOP sticking it to the VA.

    The GOP has lost the younger generation of voters because they refuse to address the horrendous costs of a college education that is so necessary to keep the US a world power.

    The GOP has absolutely lost the senior vote for their constant attempts to get rid of SS, Medicare and Medicaid already paid one half century for through payroll deductions.

    The GOP has lost the faith and trust of sane, rational Americans fed up with their political sneaky, underhanded games.

    Oh sure, the same old, same old freeloaders will continue to vote for the Good Ole Good Ole Bois of the Grand Old Party of Greed. After all, they have a “vested” interest in freeloading off taxes Americans in other states bust butt to earn, don’t they?

    All things considered? The GOP is a bunch of losers whose only energy comes from skanking the poor and Middle Class and using money power to destroy government power. Really? In a democracy of the people, FOR the people, BY the people?

  • atc333

    The GOP broke our economy and harmed this nation with tax cuts for job creators and deregulation beginning with Reagan resulting in massive redistributions of wealth to the top 2%, a shrinking middle class, and an expanding number of Americans living in poverty. Since losing in 2008, and 2012, the GOP Right Wing has now taken the position that it will not allow the Democrats or Obama to rebuild what it has broken. Instead, it has been 4 years of block and stall, with no plan, no answers, no solutions, other than keeping the nation and its people struggling,and praying to the GOP Gods of Elections that they will somehow win in the next election because a struggling population will vote for change, and by default, vote them back into power in the Senate, and Presidency.

    This is what the New GOP has become. Party first, forever and always. As Marie once said, if the masses don’t have any bread, then let them eat cake!.

  • AlfredSonny

    This November election will be the test of Americans’ intelligence.

  • joeg2028

    I think that saying that the ‘pubs turn to radicalism has occurred only in the last five years is, in itself, a little, um, conservative. Maybe it’s gained steam since then, but that inability to compromise has been around since at least the Contract with America and, even further back, I think, Grover Nordquist’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

    • plc97477

      I think most of it can be traced back to reagun if not the near impeachment of tricky dick.

    • mah101

      No, we can even go back to Goldwater in 1964, or the opposition FDR faced in the 30s causing him to pull back on stimulus and enact a policy more focused on austerity which caused the double dip of the Great Depression.

      I value real conservatism, it is an important voice that cautions against excess. However, we don’t have conservatism in the GOP, we have radical extremism which first gained power in the party during the Republican convention of 1964 and has been growing since – the Reagan Revolution (against the middle class) and Contract with (on) America, and Compassionate Conservatism being just waypoints on the road to today’s radical fundamentalist obstructionism.

  • howa4x

    The GOP is doubling down that the autopsy that was done after the landslide presidential defeat is wrong. Even though the report criticized the rightward shift in the primaries that caused the candidate to stray far from the center as the culprit. they just don’t believe it. The ultra conservatives think that if they launch a candidate that has a far right platform of anti woman’s rights, anti Latino, anti minority, anti environment,anti middle class and purely pro business, and based on the creation of a Christian nation, that they will win the hearts and minds of the general electorate. We all may laugh, but the GOP lives in a echo chamber of ultra right wing media, and is loosing touch with what is actually happening in the country. They are banking on the hope that their forces are the committed and the left of center is too passive to care. If they are right, America is in for shock therapy, considering all the ramblings of the candidates. If they are wrong what will be witnessing is the breakup of the GOP into regional parties, or at least moderate flight out of the party. Think of Charlie Crist.

    • Allan Richardson

      Don’t just think of Charlie, support him, and if you live in Florida, VOTE FOR HIM.

  • ram1020

    The scary thing about the demise of Cruz is that it is based on his less than conservative position on immigration.

  • Tony Torres

    Yada,yada,yada! We condemn the GOP but unfortunately many blind,bigoted and Fox informed idiots will still vote for them. It is plain to see all that is occurring but in their zeal to hurt our POTUS they have become traitors)not patriots as they preach)and will vote against their own interest no matter how much of an Idiot their senator/congressman is. How sad our country’s state of politics has become. We must get off our asses and vote in Nov!!

    • jmprint

      It is very important for each one of use to take a friend, a family member or a stranger to the polls with you. We can make our vote count if we multiply.

  • charles king

    Here are the facts People, We have a bunch of side-wingers Who? are trying to destroy our whole way of living with MONIESand Greedy Capitalistic Pigs, States Plutocracts Do-Nothingers State and Federal Representives, Republicans and Democracts of all shades Etcs. Since 2000, We the People have not heard too much about our Democracy and less about the people up- above Now it seems like our country is falling apart but our President of these United States has put the People on the right track, (Critical Thinking) about our situation. What? the hell is going on in America. I am a (85yrs young Korean Veteran) All my life I throught Democracy, I never heard of Plutocracy until now. My state of Pennsylvania is nothing but Plutocracy, I advise you to look up the meaning of the word “Plutocracy”, I bet it will scare the hell out of you, if you have always throught Democracy, well this is What? the Democracy loving people of America is confronted with, just remember that the VOTE is still Supreme and you know Who? the ring leaders are, so VOTE their sorry A**** OUT OUT OUT . Thank You are the magic words in my book. I Love Ya All. Mr. C. E. KING

  • 1standlastword

    The title: Can the Voters Change the GOP?

    Well…. The GOP has demonstrated quite effectively that it doesn’t need very many voters to win elections. They just need a few voters of the right kind/ mind: I’ll leave the detailed characterization to somebody else today. But here’s how I see it.

    The GOP has employed short-term “tactics” in the forms of obstruction, voter suppression and media propaganda to both foment populous anger and exploit the anger it propagates. None of these strategies require voters: Just a form of machine politics

    Their long-term “strategies” include the gerrymander, the slaughter of public unions, corporate deregulation, tax legislation that favors the rich, and looser campaign finance rules with increased and unlimited contributions and all very effective to win congressional and state races: These are machine politics. No voters required.

    Rinse Pubic conducted a postmortem after Romney’ defeat that we will recall invited a reformulation of the party disposition to make the GOP more enticing to Hispanics and other minorities, but it seems the GOP no longer thinks they need these voters to win.

    The GOP has the utmost confidence in their tactics and strategies AND why not…they work!

    They say: We got the SCOTUS, we got governorships and we got the corporate gangsters on Wall Street…what more do we need: Oh….Lets not forget what a few favorable trade agreements can bring since “any” foreign agent/ partner motivated enough can float boat loads on money into the American Democratic process to help us strengthen our position and fantasies of unlimited and permanent power.

    The GOP sentiment is: We don’t need no stinkin’ voters!

    If the GOP/ American politics changes it will be because Washington changes from the inside and that will require a moral shift within the kinds of people who seek leadership. A class/ generation of moral leaders (conservative and progressive) who are enlightened to the reality of a multicultural, technological, mostly urban, working class society.

    We can have our votes to make our voices heard but that will not stop those bent on greed from having us for lunch

    • charleo1

      It’s difficult to round up both the short, and long term task of such a Political/Criminal enterprise, as the GOP has undoubtedly become. And they’ve got some truly serious long term problems which Party insiders are well aware. And it’s very telling, that most of the current rank, and file supporters are kept totally, and blissfully, oblivious to them. They are told instead, the, “Real American public overwhelmingly, agrees with us!” Constantly fed false, and propagandized narratives. Employing ridiculously skewed polls, that are proven time, and again to be bias, and wholly wrong. Warnings of voter fraud, or provably false accusations about Left Wing tactics of using Middle Class tax dollars to, “bribe,” the lazy, and irresponsible. All in an attempt to explain away the losses they inevitably suffer, when greater numbers of Americans go to the polls, and vote their positions. In fact, I’d be willing to hazard a guess, not 8 of 10 of their supporters could put together a fact based comment such as yours, on their own Party! So, much is the wool pulled over their constituent’s eyes. Right along, of course, with their constantly having to hide just how rotten, and ultimately harmful their policies are for the vast majorities in the Country. By of course, blaming the

      • 1standlastword

        Yes. The GOP absolutely needs to stage all Democrats as “Demoncrap” to foment populous anger that they can turn around and exploit for their own malignant purposes. Their myth makers understand that when anger goes up IQ goes down and when the fear level is kept high people cluster together tighter and herd mentality is also easy to manipulate. And it is true, as you point out, the GOP is not in the least bit strained to bamboozle their low information, under educated constituents so that they can continue to control and hold their side of main street

  • ExRadioGuy15

    I’ve said/written more times than I can count that the GOP Progressives and Moderates make up the VOTING majority of the party, 66%.
    It’s that 34% minority that are running the GOP and 15-18% overall minority that are running politics.
    When a Republican came onto a comment thread of a National Memo article and called on Democrats to register as Republicans so that they could vote out the Tea Partiers and Libertarian wings, my response was simple, “clean up your own mess!”
    The answer to the question the article asks is, “YES”, GOP Progressives and Moderates can change the party by voting for Democrats, who truly represent them now. Doing that would chase out the three lunatic wings.
    The question now is, “do GOP Progressives and Moderates have the COURAGE to do what their 1930-1966 forebears did, which was to vote for Democrats?”

  • pjm19606

    I have watched conservative and liberal sites alike and both miss the mark when it comes to ascertaining what core problems we face. Americans have been brainwashed into believing we are actually a Democracy. We are NOT and NEVER were. We are a Republic. We have “a vote” not “the vote”. To ad insult to injury, we abdicate our voting rights by passing them off to “Representatives” who are not required to do our bidding. To further complicate matters we have a massive dilution of our vote since 1789. Consider that in 1789, there were 26 Senators, 65 Reps and 9 Justices making up our central government for a population of about 4,000,000. That equates to 1 rep, or voice, per every 39,000 population. Today we have 435 Reps, 100 Senators, and 9 Justices ~ 600 (round figures) representing a population of 300,000,000. Doing the math leaves an approximation of 1 central government Rep per every 500,000 population. And Americans wonder why they are not being heard.

    • essbird

      That old saw again. Leave off the big D in democracy, Our democratic republic is one form of democracy. Our lawmakers are elected by us. There is no pure democracy anywhere. This objection is meaningless. Things will work fine if
      – People get real information from media instead of pap
      – Children are taught civics, what government does, and how to be a citizen
      – Corporations and oligarchs are prohibited from excessive influence over the political processes, by limiting their “speech” money and control over Congress and information. Bring back and strengthen McCain-Feingold and overturn Citizens United, even if it means a constitutional amendment.
      – Reform laws on congressional redistricting, and enforce them.
      – Pass laws to allow early, convenient voting so that people who care, who may have two jobs without benefits, and families to raise, can afford to vote.

      In 2012, Democrats for Congress won the popular vote nationally by 1.2 million. The House is Republican. That failure to represent is not the fault of our system of government, but of allowing the shenanigans that led to it.

      • pjm19606

        True, Congress is elected by us but there is no constitutional requirement for them to do our bidding as the majority. My voice counts a lot less today than it would have in 1790. A lot harder to hear me when I have to shout over 500,000 other voices to get to my Rep. Representative Democracy is an oxymoron. As for governmental Democracies which actually work? In Switzerland, as a voter, I can stop a government action with my single objection and force a referendum. That’s a lot closer to Democracy than the US has EVER been. The average Swiss Citizen is called to the polls every Saturday. That is people controlling their government. Not like the US where the government (and money) control the populace. The US is a Plutocracy.

  • herchato

    I have to admit that the republicans are tough. They keep shooting themselves in the foot but they keep on walking around in circles.

    • Allan Richardson

      Because they always shoot the SAME foot: the LEFT one!

  • StillWaterG

    Let the assent of the right wing continue. As it overreaches (and becomes drunk on power) the seeds of its destruction will take root. There will be some pain, but sometimes you have to break a few eggs to make an omelet.

  • James Bowen

    We have the most permissive immigration policy in the world. There is nothing moderate about letting even more in, and there is nothing extreme about enforcing our immigration laws.

    • essbird

      Obama is enforcing our immigration laws.
      Myth: The law requires the CBP to immediately turn away or deport undocumented immigrants.
      Fact: The law compels the CBP to hold all underage children from non-contiguous countries (not Canada, Mexico) until due process hearings are conducted for each case, to ensure the child is not the victim of human trafficking. Due to the overwhelming numbers, only more immigration courts will speed up the process. To summarily deport them is clearly violating the law.
      Myth: Obama has given smart immigrant youth a free pass.
      Fact: More nuanced than most conservatives care to see, this is a long-standing and legal practice of “selective enforcement.” Given only a portion of the resources needed to process deportations, Obama has decided to use those resources only on the worst – criminals, drug dealers, etc. No point in allowing even one person with an arrest record to remain in the country in order to ship a clean, undocumented college kid home. Is there? Is there? Hmm?

      So your statement is arguably true, but if it is, then you should be pleased that Obama is upholding immigration law. Let’s hear you raise three cheers for our President!

      • Allan Richardson

        To use an analogy everyone can understand, if a police officer stops you for a violation, but gives you a warning instead of a ticket, that is selective enforcement, and it is legal as long as it is not abused (e.g. letting his “buddies” off with a warning for DUI but writing tickets for 1 mph over the speed limit on a freeway). And even closer to the situation on immigration, if the police choose to put their radar traps where the most accidents have occurred, rather than on relatively safe stretches of highway, that is selective enforcement by resource allocation.

        • James Bowen

          You are missing the big picture. Immigration laws exist because we have immigration limits. In order for those limits to be meaningful, every illegal alien must be threatened with a high likelihood of deportation.

      • James Bowen

        Those children you speak of are only required to have a hearing if they are victims of trafficking, which is not the case here. They may therefore be immediately deported. See here for more info:

        And immigration laws do not exist just to keep out violent criminals. They exist every bit as much to keep out the clean-cut types you speak of. We don’t have unlimited jobs and unlimited resources. We need to take care of our own, and that means saying no to people who want to come here, no matter how clean and productive they might be. I suspect that you are seeing this from the perspective of the individual alien. From a public policy perspective on what best serves the interest of the American citizenry, that is not the appropriate way to look at this.

        The most effective way to enforce immigration laws and limits is strict workplace enforcement. This would deny jobs to all illegal aliens, and if they can’t make a living they would leave on their own accord.

        • essbird

          This from the Center for Immigration Studies, a right-wing think tank. They, unlike judges and law school professors, are paid to find a way that Obama is doing wrong. I guess we’ll see in court whether Feere’s interpretation holds up under due process scrutiny. Needless to say, erring on the side of a more conservative but reasonable interpretation of Congress’s intent is not a violation of law by the administration, as some claim. What we have, at best, is a difference of legal opinion, not flouting the law.

          CIS senior policy analyst Steven Steinlight recently told a Tea Party assembly that being drawn and quartered is probably too good for [Obama].” He still has his job. Is this what you consider a reliable information organization? Would you let me off the hook if I cited a similar left-wing organization whose senior analyst had said that about W during his tenure?

          hung, drawn and quartered is probably too good for him.” – See more at:

          hung, drawn and quartered is probably too good for him.” – See more at:

          • James Bowen

            Congress intended that illegal aliens don’t get work permits, period. The CIS is not an anti-Obama group. They have been around since 1985. They argue that immigration numbers are excessive and contrary to the interest of the United States and they conduct extensive research to back that argument up. The link above is just one example. They were also very critical of G.W., who’s views on immigration are similar to those of Pres. Obama. As for the man you mention, he was expressing his own opinions, not those of CIS.

  • essbird

    Voters can change anything in this country… if they pay attention and show up. Their side does; our side, not so much.

  • L. Smith

    Since when is it wise to consider Nancy Polosi’s comments and thoughts about the Republican Party ? She has shown no wisdom in anything she has ever said in my opinion. The Republican party has been highjacked by moderates who have lost true conservative values. They in fact resemble big government moderates in many ways. The results are fairly clear …we have a debt burdened America with a growing, dependent populous, uninformed about founding principles. If the Republicans clearly articulate conservative values, they would find a following of reasonable Americans ready to stand with them.

    • Allan Richardson

      Same old party line that voters rejected by a landslide in 1964. This fantasy is like the head of Al Qaeda believing that if they just recite their “death to infidels” litany clearly enough, the 99 percent of Muslims who do not hate us will flock to their side. The extreme right wing in this country is no more representative of our “founding principles” than Al Qaeda and ISIS represent the original teachings of Islam.

      You do not really love America if you hate a growing almost (and future) majority of Americans. And you cannot make America more prosperous by deliberately making 99 percent of Americans LESS prosperous.

  • Jeff Bottaro

    PELOSI praises GOP and GOP appears to be in love with PUTIN. We have some AMAZING role models (sarcastic) as is true of ANY rudderless society.

  • … it’s not really clear there’s any solution to the problems Republicans & ‘T-baggers’ are suffering from, which seem more pathological than political. W/out trying to serve up a diagnosis, the only cure is to effectively isolate them ‘out’ of the political process, since they seem to have so much difficulty dealing with rules, processes, procedures, laws & the orderly process of governmental & societal interactive’s. What then, are they capable of, since they’re determined to undermine even the most simple of operations related to their offices? How far will they go, in propping up distractions, which excuse them from the urgent business of rebuilding a nation shattered by ‘THEIR’ own policies? How much more humiliation must Republican voters endure, knowing their support for elected conservatives, since Nixon, has resulted in a near-completely dysfunctional & dangerously malfunctioning Civic Culture, that at any moment, could suffer another collapse as seen in 2008 – or 1929 – OR, God forbid, the BOTH combined? Global Climate Change is close to the point of no return. We don’t have time, as LEADERS among our comprehensive civilization, for them to decide when & where they ‘may’ think it time to get serious about Democracy, it’s potential in solving ‘GLOBAL’ challenges & most urgently, immediately lending hands in such serious tasks. We understand their ambivalence toward comprehensive Democracy & it’s destructive capacities must be eliminated from the normal & essential operation of Civil Societal oversight, if we plan to save ourselves, as stewards of our precious & unique planet out of the 9 in this entire solar system. After all, there are NO SUBURBS to move to, should we get this environmental preservation thing wrong. Their feeling will just have to stay hurt til they GROW UP & treat OUR Democracy as precious as life itself… That is, after all, whats at stake here – NOW…

  • pmbalele

    Americans don’t know Ted Cruz as TPs head is trying to divide Americans into racial lines. When he is done dividing American, he will flee to his uncle Castro in Cuba. Cruz has duped TPs and Repubs because they are not
    smart to see Ted background. Repubs and TPs live on instincts – no reasoning. They listen to anybody giving them sweet words. Anyway Americans have rejected Cruz and especially when he and his friends shut down the government causing chaos at VA hospitals and resort establishments. Ted should be sued for treason.

  • JRomulus

    This article’s title is so misleading, a red herring, but it’s also a great way to see the author’s bias even before reading the piece.

    Republicans and many independents stand for things most Democrats do not.

    These are ideals that are not “radical” or “far right” or believed in only by “tea baggers” or Tea Party”.

    But when you see terms like these words in articles or comments, they are typically used in propaganda commentary by the Dem. Party machine, low information voters, radical unionists, people without higher education, committed leftists, open-border fanatics, or flat out socialists, who want more government control over our daily lives and to be able to dictate their version of morality to the populace. What amazes me the most today is how much of the U.S. main street media has adopted this modern version of a statist ideology that was completely and utterly discredited numerous times in the last century.
    They believe in a pathetic ideology promulgated by cynical, selfish politicians who trade benefits for votes. An ideology where it’s OK: to practice class warfare to divide the country into groups they can exploit with promises they can never keep; to take from citizens who have worked hard and believe in self-reliance; to bankrupt our children’s future by spending money that does not exist; to trash 200+ years of history that demonstrated the superiority of a political-economic system unsurpassed by any other system devised by man.

    Good luck with that. I’ve been laughing at this foolishness since 2008 and before (since I’m from Illinois) and will continue to do so. It….doesn’t…. work. It….never…will. And time and time again, when voters (once again) realize that Democrats lack fundamental economic, political and intellectual honesty, they turn to Republicans. So go ahead and laugh at Cruz, etc. At least he is sincere.
    I’ll continue to laugh at utter failures and jokes like Obama, Pelosi, Reid and Wasserman Schultz.