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I witnessed it during George W. Bush's attempt at comprehensive immigration reform. I witnessed it during the "Muslim Americans can't build new mosques" embarrassment. I saw it during the Shirley Sherrod episode, and now again with Trayvon Martin. The most recent example has been the unexplainable attack on women, as witnessed in the extremely invasive new laws passed in numerous Republican-controlled states to inhibit a woman's free exercise to choose and as also witnessed in the incoherent "argument" over women's access to contraception. I've witnessed all these things....and yet, barring the explanation being one of a political party death wish....I don't understand it.
Political parties need voters to vote for their candidates and issues. But looking at what the Republican Party and movement conservatives have been doing for the last decade,.....and especially after Obama became president.....it's hard to believe that Republicans actually believe and understand that obvious truth. Without voters who vote for your candidates, your political party is dead in the political water. Seems simple. But it, apparently, isn't.
The recent Republican and Catholic Bishop objections to reproductive-age women being given access to affordable birth control in ObamaCare is now paying dividends for the Party of Lincoln. Negative dividends.
In the fifth Swing States survey taken since last fall, Obama leads Republican front-runner Mitt Romney 51%-42% among registered voters just a month after the president had trailed him by two percentage points.
The biggest change came among women under 50. In mid-February, just under half of those voters supported Obama. Now more than six in 10 do while Romney's support among them has dropped by 14 points, to 30%. The president leads him 2-1 in this group.
Sure, polls fluctuate back and forth.....but rarely does one demographic, in this case women under 50, swing so radically from one party identification to another in such a short time period. The strangeness here is found in the fact that this was all entirely unnecessary. Didn't Mr. Conservative and other influential Fox-bots realize what they were doing to GOP electoral prospects when they started flinging around
What explains this apparent willingness to self-inflict wounds on their own political party? What has the Republican Party profited by alienating reproductive age women? In other words, what sense does any of this make?
The same was true in 2005 when George W. Bush tried to move a comprehensive immigration bill through Congress. Hispanic Americans make up over 13% of the U.S. population, passing black Americans recently as the largest minority group. Bush, who I consider to be the worst modern-era president,...at least had enough sense to know that biting off the Hispanic vote-nose would do significant damage to the Republican Party face. And yet, even the prospect of turning millions of Hispanic-American voters away from their political party did not stop the Fox-bots and the Dittoheads from exploding their best opportunity to endear millions of new potential voters to their political persuasion. Instead of thinking constructively with an eye to the future.....extremist elements from the conservative movement insisted that Bush was pushing "amnesty". Instead of considering a reasonable compromise on immigration....the far-rightists demanded that the federal government round up 10 million undocumented Hispanics and send them back to Mexico, Honduras and Guatamala.
Again, why purposely alienate the largest minority voting block in the nation? It just doesn't make sense.
Some may suggest that conservatives and Republicans are standing on principle.....and that explains why they have actively worked to alienate women and minority groups. If so, what principle? Personal responsibility? Rule of law? White males are entitled to rule? Republicans are right and EVERYONE else is wrong?
Or could it be.....that the Republican Party has gone as far as it can go hitched to the extremist-right wagon? Without the churched, both evangelical and Catholic faith-basers,.....without the Other despisers, without the Bircher-thinkers, without the gun-fetishists and without the white-supremacist, 10th amendment, sovereign movement types.....what political base would be left for the GOP? I guess there will always be the American rich....who will always cling to the GOP for their tax-cutting favors. But I don't think the rich vote, alone, will win any electoral college votes.
The danger of depending on the votes of Americans who, yes, bitterly cling to god and guns in frustration and in defiance of modernity....and who appear out-of-touch with reality.....is that you must always seek to appeal to that base....or face humiliating electoral defeat during GOP primaries. From Sarah Palin's toxic campaign of divisiveness in 2008 and forward, Republican candidates have done nothing but appeal to this "base." Red meat has been continually thrown to this extremist-right base for going on 4 full years now, but the base is never satisfied. That's indicative of just how wild and crazy the far-right extremists have become since Obama.
Now, the GOP has created a conservative base monster which is hellbent on alienating women voters even though GOP candidates may lose elections because of it.
The GOP base has worked themselves up into such a lather of anger over all things progressive, over science, over secular society, over diversity, over going along to get along. So angry and worked up, that in their tantrum-flailing about they are actually damaging themselves and their cause, perhaps lethally.
What's inexplicable is the fact that they don't seem to give a damn.