The money men in the Republican party are clearly aware that they have a very, very big problem going into the midterms in 2014 and the general election in 2016. The problem? Their party is made up of ‘fools’ – apparently something they’re now getting serious about. Writes Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone:
In a fitting homage to past holiday-season embarrassments like the Iran-Contra pardons or Bill Clinton’s signing of the Commodity Futures Modernization Act, the Republican Party last week quietly declared war on itself, in the process essentially confessing to a generation of failed governance and dumbed-down politics.
The news came in the Wall Street Journal, where the Chamber of Commerce disclosed that it will be teaming up with Republican establishment leaders to spend $50 million in an effort to stem the tide of “fools” who have overwhelmed Republican ballots in recent seasons. Check out the language Chamber strategist Scott Reed used in announcing the new campaign:
“Our No. 1 focus is to make sure, when it comes to the Senate, that we have no loser candidates… That will be our mantra: No fools on our ticket.”
Karl Rove is apparently involved with all of this, making the sudden about turn even funnier. As Taibbi continues:
This [Rove] is someone who foisted upon the world the eight-year presidency of George W. Bush, a man who couldn’t speak English, didn’t read books or newspapers, and won his second term via the political version of an Inspector Clouseau routine, rallying middle America behind an enraged invasion of the wrong country in retaliation for 9/11.
For a political adviser, getting a blockhead like Bush elected president not once but twice was a major accomplishment…
If you spend years letting your voters think Saddam Hussein was an agent of al-Qaeda, that passing a national health care program will result in the formation of Stalinist “death panels,” or that Barack Obama is secretly a foreigner, you’re going to end up with some loopy candidates prone to saying crazy things that will turn off voting majorities, which in turn will make it hard to the deliver policy objectives you actually care about for your big-money donors.
It is well known that the Republican party is facing a demographic ticking time bomb – the country is fast changing color and that means the GOP has to either change, or die. Earlier last year, Democracy Corp put out an in-depth report on the current state of the GOP, and determined that the party was essentially made up of increasingly extreme factions that were drowning out the moderates. Given spiraling inequality, rising costs, and a tepid economy, extremism in America is on the rise (according to some experts, it’s now at an all time high), making the prospects of making the ‘fools’ go away about as likely as Sarah Palin converting to Islam.
After George Bush illegally invaded Iraq, destroyed what was left of its civil society and enraged the entire Middle East, he sent the half witted evangelical ‘mom’ Karen Hughes on a ‘listening tour’ of the region in an attempt to improve America’s image. It hadn’t occurred to Bush and his henchmen of middle American imperialists that not invading the wrong country and blowing it to pieces would have been the best way to improve America’s standing in the region, but then that would require an appreciation of reality.
As the money men in the GOP are finally confronted with the fact that they are incapable of winning elections, instead of going after the cause of the problem, they’re dumping money into Mitt Romney type candidates who will keep big donors happy. The strategy might work in the short term, but the crazies will continue to propel morons like Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin to the forefront of American politics, because there’s no one else speaking to them. As Sarah Palin began to figure out during the McCain campaign, she was an entity unto herself, capable of directing large swathes of the population and attacking the establishment with considerable effect.
In 2010, Sarah Palin said at the inaugural National Tea Party Convention, “The Republican Party would be really smart to start trying to absorb as much of the Tea Party movement as possible.”
“This is a beautiful movement because it is shaping the way politics are conducted. You’ve got both party machines running scared.”
How right she was.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.