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GOP Donors Need To Pretend Republican Primary Voters Don’t Exist

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GOP Donors Need To Pretend Republican Primary Voters Don’t Exist


Just a day after a College Republicans report found that young voters believe the GOP is “closed-minded, racist, rigid, old-fashioned,” House Republicans decided to prove their point.

Led by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) — whose high-school yearbook accomplishments included being “closed-minded, racist, rigid, old-fashioned” — the House majority overwhelmingly voted to deport millions of students and veterans who were brought to America as kids. Instead of supporting the DREAM Act, which is backed by 91 percent of Latino voters, the House GOP offered the DEPORT Act.

A couple of days later and a couple of thousand miles away in Utah, a group of high-level Republican Party donors met with Mitt Romney to discuss the future of the party and say things that sound the opposite of “closed-minded, racist, rigid, old-fashioned.”

“The party needs to tie itself to social inclusion and fiscal responsibility. That means any race, any creed, any sexual orientation, any issue related to the reproductive power of women — any of those groups need to feel at home in the Republican Party,” Anthony Scaramucci, a RNC national finance co-chairman, said.

Susan Crown, a key Romney fundraiser, said that the GOP “really has to reconcile its fundamental principle, of government staying out of the people’s lives, with its recent history.”

“We’re losing for a policy that we couldn’t even implement,” donor Andrew Puzder said, addressing the notion that 11 million undocumented immigrants should just be deported. “We have to be more careful with our selection of candidates.”

Of course, the candidate who most famously embraced “self-deportation” was the host of the event — Mitt Romney.


This sums up the GOP’s central crisis: Instead of being the party that wants to stay out of people’s lives, they’re the party that wants you to get out of their country. And this stand, this policy position of “get off my lawn,” is extremely popular with the only voters who actually matter to House Republicans — GOP primary voters. And that’s why Mitt Romney embraced it.

These primary voters say they want smaller government but they also want their representatives to use the government to round up the folks they don’t like for a one-way, non-stop Greyhound ride south of the Rio Grande. They don’t want Washington, D.C. telling them what their business can throw in the water, but they do want it not only banning abortion but also allowing bosses to decide if women get birth control. They want to spend less and continue to grow a military that will soon cost us a trillion dollars a year.

Contradictions are inevitable in politics. But the House GOP manages to invariably come down on the side of being “closed-minded, racist, rigid, old-fashioned.”

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  1. elw June 9, 2013

    What can you say the GOP is like a cartoon of itself. They talk big and continue with slight variations of the same old talking points and when they go off script make the same racist, anit-women, homophobic remarks they have many, many times in the past. It is a Party that has pushed itself over the cliff and doesn’t know how to stop themselves from rolling all the way down that mountain.

  2. sigrid28 June 9, 2013

    When Chris Christie replaced a consummate lawmaker like Senator Frank Lautenberg with his best friend, political hack Tom Ciesa, who instantly declared he could not comment on legislation in the Senate because HE WAS UNFAMILIAR WITH IT, the 2016 election went down the tubes for Republicans, for whom Christie was their best chance in the general election. His grip on the governorship of New Jersey might also have been released in a state that is traditionally Democratic.

    1. FredAppell June 9, 2013

      Sigrid28, take it from someone who lives in the Tri-State area. By our measure
      Chris Christie is slightly right of center. To the people that you refer to, Chris Christie is a flaming liberal. That’s why they scare the stuffing out of me. I thought by my own standard that Christie took some extreme measures to balance New Jersey’s budget. I can’t even fathom what these extremist are capable of if given the chance. The only thing i’m certain of is that Christie couldn’t win an election for dog catcher in many of the deeply red states.

      1. silas1898 June 10, 2013

        Christy has done a good job of appearing just right of center and the media mostly buys into it. His actions are as right wing as the rest of them, but he does a good job selling it as not extreme. Skillful on his part for NJ, but, indeed, still far too left for Wingnuttia out there. He put a Muslim on the State Supreme Court. Game Over.

        His embrace of Obama will be as toxic as that famous pic of McCain hugging Dumbya. Sandy screwed him either way. If he took the wingnut stance fighting Obama, his re-election was doomed. He could have made getting aid tougher than it was.
        It will be an interesting bunch of elections this year!

        1. FredAppell June 10, 2013

          Thanks for articulating my point. Christie is a skillful politician and politics 101 mandates the mantra, “play to your base”.

          I’m actually looking forward to the elections even though I know it may get uglier than ever. I’m an optimist and I feel pretty good about our prospects. By the way, I hope your not stuck in Wingnuttia, if you are, stay strong.

          1. silas1898 June 10, 2013

            NJ native, but mom is from the south.

          2. FredAppell June 11, 2013

            So you have some unique perspectives from both sides, that’s a
            very useful trait. I’m a CT. native but my mother is from PA. .

  3. charleo1 June 9, 2013

    I think the first thing we must acknowledge about the GOP, is something they
    are not willing to admit about themselves. That they are very much a Party
    at odds with itself. Not at all a position, a Party already in the minority, that has
    developed a reputation for not dealing with the truth. Even as it applies to thine,
    own selves. They being not nearly so clever as they thought. Have so gerrymandered
    their districts, that the winning candidate is the one that comes up with a way to get
    so far to the Right, it is impossible to be outflanked, on the Right. By primary voters that believe the further Right you are, the more perfectly right then, it is to vote you
    into the general election. And, It’s a rare bird to be sure, that can act like a total T-Party nut case, conspiracy theories, and all, in the primaries. And the picture of a smart responsible, public servant in the general. And, an etch-a sketch will not work.

  4. Dominick Vila June 10, 2013

    The GOP has been engaged in a major internal battle since the Tea Party movement emerged shortly after the election of Barack Obama. Many senior conservative statesmen have been replaced with TP supporters, and some, including Sen. McCain, had to change course and embrace radical ideals to stay in office. Unfortunately, for them and for us as a nation, most Americans are not radicals. If the GOP continues to rely on deceit, hyperbole, and obstructionism instead of offering constructive proposals to solve the problems that continue to afflict our society and the business community, they are likely to become irrelevant within a few years…regardless of how hard conservatives try to gain seats by taking advantage of circumstances that have little to do with democracy and a lot to do with opportunism. The Chiesa appointment is an example of the latter.

  5. midway54 June 10, 2013

    Iowans in his district must be proud of their doofus King in the House. He and Gohmert from Texas are perfect specimens of right wing political lunatics.

  6. Jim Myers June 10, 2013

    Open mouth, insert feet.

  7. Allan Richardson June 10, 2013

    The GOP has made an old MAD Magazine cartoon come true. I am only citing the cartoon from memory, since the magazine has long since been trashed, but there was one of their two-page spread cartoons (with the Where’s Waldo type of clutter) making fun of California, in the 1950’s, which had in one corner two bystanders (a resident and a new arrival) watching a man in a white monk’s robe and wearing roller skates, rolling by with a sign saying, “THE END IS NEAR.” The newcomer commented, “I’ve heard about the nut groups out here. Which one is he?” The resident explained, “Oh, he’s not a member of a nut group. He’s a REPUBLICAN.”

    So, 60 years later, life imitates satire!

    1. RobertCHastings June 16, 2013

      Great! MAD is still around, but not like it used to be.

  8. Robert P. Robertson June 10, 2013

    Scaramucci, Scaramucci— can you do the fan-dan-go!

  9. jointerjohn June 10, 2013

    Even the reddest of gerrymandered congressional districts contain young voters, minorities and women who can flip the House in 2014. Our primary task needs to be impressing upon them that mid-terms are every bit as important as presidential elections. In this way, and only this way, we can trip these clowns into falling face-down right into their etch-a-sketches.

    1. RobertCHastings June 16, 2013

      If we want to succeed next year, we MUST reenergize those that voted in droves in 2008 and 2012. Mid term elections are just as important as the biggies every four years, as we should remember from the debacle of 2010, when the Republicans took over 30 governorships and most of the state legislatures to go with them.

      1. jointerjohn June 16, 2013

        You sir have arrived at the formula for success. It seems to me that young voters, driven as they are by national level mass-media, and also given as they are to not participate in localized news, are thereby the group most likely to energize on presidential years and fall asleep during off-years. If we can change this, we can end the embarrassment of Congresspersons like Bachmann, Gomert, and the rest of their backward, ignorant knuckle-dragging ilk. Nothing else will work. Thank you sir for being among the first to see this clear, young-voter path to victory.

        1. RobertCHastings June 16, 2013

          Don’t thank me. Go out and register 20 people who are 18 and make sure they vote next year. Then, next year, go out and register 20 MORE, and check on the first 20.

  10. howa4x June 10, 2013

    It’s the base stupid! Republicans bet everything on the here and now and not the future. They’ve done this each current election cycle and this has allowed the base to shift ever more to the right unchallenged. There is no more split like in the old days with Rockefeller moderate republicans vs Goldwater reactionary ones, each occupying an equal stand in the GOP. Now the moderate wing has vanished and is in hiding, where they’ve buried their head in safe districts. So every future candidate has to run in a primary facing a gauntlet of birthers, gun nuts, anti abortion activists, LGBT bashers, climate change deniers, subservient women lovers, religious zealots, racists, big bank lovers, anti government/regulation , nuts, healthcare haters and the list goes on and on. . Anyone not measuring up to this purity test is branded a RINO and is DOA in a primary. The GOP lacks the diversity needed to reach out to anyone not Older, whiter and richer. They are not expanding the base but contracting it, getting more reactionary and verbose. The new head of the NRA which has parked itself in the party, is talking armed insurrection. They are getting more out of touch with the issues of job creation, infrastructure replacement, student loan recalculation, same sex marriage, climate change and gun safety. Until they realize all this they will loose a few more national elections.

  11. RobertCHastings June 16, 2013

    They want the government to get those folks out of their country, and they want to make this a country that would be unattractive for them in the first place. By opposing the entire Obama agenda, they are advocating a future with no jobs, with no social safety net, with an inadequate educational system, failing infrastructure. If the GOP were to follow through on this agenda, I feel certain the immigration issue would be settled to their satisfaction, for nobody in their right mind would want to come here.


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