While reading Frank Rich’s Sunday Times column I was struck by the following paragraph:
In 2008, 60 percent of Iowa’s Republican caucus voters were evangelical Christians. Mike Huckabee won. That’s the hurdle facing the party’s contenders in 2012, which is why Romney, Palin and Gingrich are now all more vehement anti-same-sex-marriage activists than Rick Warren. Palin even broke with John McCain on the issue during their campaign, supporting the federal marriage amendment that he rejects. This month, even as the father of Palin’s out-of-wedlock grandson challenged her own family values and veracity, she nominated as Alaskan attorney general a man who has called gay people “degenerates.” Such homophobia didn’t even play in Alaska — the State Legislature voted the nominee down — and will doom Republicans like Palin in national elections.
As I read the above my first thought was “And they call us (The Democrats) the party of special interests” and then thought “boy are they fucked”. How can a party that has so eagerly built it’s base on the ideology of right wing evangelical Christians have any chance to become a broad based national political party once again? I suspect they can’t and hence the rock and hard place the GOP has created for it’s self. To add insult to injury that base that the GOP is working so hard to hold on to is pissed, really pissed. For the past twenty years the evangelical Christian right has been as loyal to the GOP as any one group can be, and what do they have to show for it, squat! There rage and anger has now spilled on to the street and has become the face of today’s GOP. Under the guise of protesting increasing taxes (taxes for 95% of Americans are going down) 10s of thousands of rabid right wingers took to the streets to let us know just how pissed they are with the black guy in the White House.
The GOP’s embrace of the “teabag movement” shows just how low the party has sunk, and just how desperate they have become to hold on to their increasingly narrow minded base. One would have thought the 2006 and 2008 elections would have served as a wake up call for the GOP, apparently just the opposite has happened.