“The approval rating of the Republicans is 28 percent, an all-time low since Gallup has been taking polls. It’s crazy,” McCain said. “I do worry about the Republican party. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen Republican senators running ads, raising money that is used to attack other incumbent Republican senators. I’ve never seen that in my life. It’s terribly wrong.”
Here's another sign from yesterday that Johnny Mac is right to be concerned about his political party.....
From county chairmen to national party luminaries, veteran Republicans across the country are accusing tea party lawmakers of staining the GOP with their refusal to bend in the budget impasse in Washington.
"We're not saying Obama is right. We're saying what Republicans are doing is wrong," said Matt Cox, a former executive director of Ohio's Cuyahoga County GOP.
You know how Big Britches Tea types have been threatening to primary out any squishy establishment Republican? Well, turn about is fair play...
Iowa Republicans are recruiting a pro-business Republican to challenge six-term conservative Rep. Steve King, a leader in the push to defund the health care law. Disgruntled Republicans are further ahead in Michigan, where second-term, tea party-backed Rep. Justin Amash is facing a Republican primary challenger who is more in line with — and being encouraged by — the party establishment. And business interest groups, long aligned with the Republican Party, also are threatening to recruit and fund strong challengers to tea party House members.
And then...there's the money....
On Wednesday, the National Retail Federation joined other reliably Republican business groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers in asking House Republicans to relent.
You know what I'm thinking? I'm thinking that the Republican Party is in the middle of one big old intramural feces throwing fight where nary a member escapes ...umm...untainted. Let me tell you....as a spectator sport, it's quite entertaining.
The GOP internal fight right now is between traditional conservative Republicans who still believe in the democratic process, including compromising with Democrats for the sake of all Americans....and....the newbee GOP Teas who think destroying the democratic process and refusing to compromise with DemoCRAT-enemies should be a litmus test for all Republicans sent to D.C.
Who will win out? That's the question.
My take: Teas have been fun to watch and so forth....but in the end, I'm thinking the Frankenstein monster the proud losers of the 2008 general election created will eventually break with the GOP, splintering the conservative movement in the U.S. Already I've heard rumblings from Ohio Teas threatening to go all Libertarian Party on GOP Gov. John Kasich because Kasich favors expanding Medicaid ala Obamacare's Mediciad expansion. Good luck with that Tom Zawistowski...and may god bless.
Because of all the infighting now going on between Republicans, the midterms of 2014 should be more exciting than normal midterms, and especially so if Teas drag the country down into a new recession, or worse. But I think it will take until the 2016 general election for the Fractured Fairytale that is today's GOP to get it's comeuppance from the electorate.
Once before in my lifetime, Republicans were in a similar place that they are in today. In 1964, Republicans nominated Barry Goldwater to run against LBJ. Goldwater held similar views as today's Teas.
The Republican candidate, Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona, suffered from a lack of support from his own party and his deeply unpopular conservative political positions.
LBJ won 44 states. Goldwater won 6.
It was the sixth-most lopsided presidential election in the history of the United States in terms of electoral votes; in terms of popular vote, it is first. No candidate for president since that election has equaled or surpassed Johnson's 1964 percentage of the popular vote.
Time is running out on the GOP. They seem incapable of getting their shite together. The 2016 general election campaign is fast approaching.....and the GOP is struggling badly.
Things are aligning in such a way that a Hillary 40 state win in 2016....with long congressional coattails.....is a distinct possibility.
Perhaps, then, the GOP will reform itself.
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