To fully understand the magnitude of what could be a GOP death march in 2012, consider the column Wednesday, on this page, by my colleague Dick Morris, who appears to almost hunger for America to fail, and appears almost desperate that data have begun to show America is coming back.
Morris’s column is a calling card for what I call the “Hope America Fails” wing of the Republican Party. They’re betting their fortune that the American economy fails, which is a perilous place for a great party to be. These Hope America Fails Republicans look mournful after good economic news and gleeful after bad economic news.
The words “death march” occur to me when the GOP is reduced to attacking Clint Eastwood when Eastwood is talking up America.
Students of history know that my line of argument closely tracks the line of argument from conservative icon Jeanne Kirkpatrick when she supported Ronald Reagan.
The Hope America Fails Republicans are joined by the Blame Americans First Republicans, who say the jobless want to be jobless and the poor want to be poor, and the Help China Win Republicans, who attack the president’s support for new energy while the Chinese government is mobilizing investments to dominate this business.
There is a great common denominator to what could become the GOP death march of 2012:
The Republicans have become so consumed and blinded by the intensity of their obsession against the president and their pure lust for power that they stand for nothing, and offer nothing to voters, except the intensity of their obsessions, ideologies, hatreds and dislikes. [my emphasis]
Thanks to Jeff for the link.
I certainly agree with that last paragraph. And the GOP is on a death march, for sure. Whether or not it will happen this year depends, frankly, on their ability to sabotage our economic recovery.
It shouldn't be that way. In fact, it's really hard to imagine why anyone would consider voting for the Republicans anymore, considering what they did to our country when they last held power. And they haven't changed their policies one bit, just become crazier and crazier at how they present them.
It's a sad indictment of our democracy that Barack Obama's reelection probably depends on how our economy is doing next November. It doesn't make any difference who's at fault. If the Republicans continue to drag their feet, and even deliberately sabotage the recovery (as they did last summer, during that debt ceiling debacle), that probably won't matter at all.
It will only matter if they're successful with their sabotage. Hard to believe, isn't it? But most people just don't pay enough attention to these things.
Of course, Republicans seem to be doing their best to make the election all about those crazy culture war issues, like contraception and gay rights, where the vast majority of our country disagrees with them. But that's because they have to appeal to the loons in the Republican base before they can get nominated at all.
As the general election draws closer, we'll see the Republican Party desperately trying to make Americans forget all about that, trying to pretend that it's all about the economy, instead. Will it work? We Americans have horribly short memories, but are they that short? I guess we'll find out.