GOP Blues

I see dead elephantsThings have been going so badly for the GOP, what with losing three special elections in a row and being saddled with the least popular president ever. So it’s clear the GOP is broken. Now how to fix it? Well, Tom Cole, posting on the NRCC blog, writes about the American Families Agenda which is going to attempt to address some of this:

This week, my colleagues in the Republican Conference announced the American Families Agenda, spearheaded by my colleague, Congresswoman Kay Granger of Texas. This new agenda concentrates on the bread and butter issues facing every American. And it recognizes that today, more and more families struggle with balancing work, children and caring for elderly parents. Over the coming weeks, Republicans will be promoting new ideas that give people more personal freedom and lessen the burden of government.

From young people just starting out and looking for affordable college, to working parents who want more freedom in the workplace, to seniors who would benefit from greater flexibility with their health care and prescription drug benefits, the American Families Agenda provides commonsense solutions that modernize our laws and give people greater liberty.

That’s GOPspeak for: We are going to come out with some sorts of tax cuts and/or credits that make it seem as though it has some interest in the problems of ordinary people. If it sells, it could be five years, or maybe even ten, before a critical mass of people realize that their problems have been in no way alleviated.

Hey, it’s worked for a long time. However, a bit of sticky wicket is that there are over 1200 comments on this post as of this writing which basically boil down true believers becoming distraught at the idea of the government giving even the appearance of interest in the common good.

Well, what went around may, at long last, becoming around. The GOP got it’s current constituency by driving anyone who displayed a shred of concern for his fellow human out of the party. On the other hand, they recruited by fooling a lot of the people too much of the time. They smeared opponents with lies and distortions, they indulged in dirty tricks, they played to fears and cultivated those fears. They appealed to love of God and country.

Now that so many years have gone by we’ve finally learned that unfettered free markets mean cheaper consumer goods, but also no jobs. They’ve learned that the Iraq war cheerleaders didn’t know what they were talking about. They’ve learned that if real disaster strikes they can expect to be left on their own. They’ve learned that no matter how hard they work, and even if things don’t go too badly for them it’s harder to get into and stay in the middle class. They know for sure that if it’s not provided by their employers they really can’t afford health insurance. Once people really know what’s going on it’s hard to change that. Remember Bush’s Social Security agenda? There he was, just starting a second term, riding high. The public wasn’t having it no matter how sure they were that Dubya had a hotline to Jesus.. It couldn’t be sold, and they tried. If the 1200+ bloggers on that site, most of whom seem convinced that the problem is that the Bush administration hasn’t been conservative enough, get their way, then we should really get to see what the Democrats can do.


7 responses to this post.

  1. That’s GOPspeak for: We are going to come out with some sorts of tax cuts and/or credits that make it seem as though it has some interest in the problems of ordinary people.

    More likely it’ll be… “Crumbs from our table as long as you support another huge slice of the pie for the corportists.”


  2. Posted by thatsrightnate on May 19, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    Geez, am I going to have to explain trickle on economics now?


  3. I think that we’ve been trickled on quite enough, Nate. Turned out, after a while, no one really liked it.


  4. As much as it would be nice to see the party of Bush smashed to smithereens, every country needs a strong-ish opposition party to keep some sort of balance and to stop things swinging too far one way.
    Looking at the caranage not only in America, but around the World curtesy of the GOP, the Dems really cannot be any worse.


  5. Posted by mdking on May 21, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    The GOP should just disband and start over…or hand the baton over to the Libertarians.


  6. Posted by thatsrightnate on May 21, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Bite your tongue. This country couldn’t survive that. Just the loss of lobbyist jobs alone would cripple this economy.


  7. It’ll be OK, Nate. The lobbyists will just go back to their night jobs, as vampires.


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