I Hope This Is Not Another Lie About the Republican Party But it might be lost forever.

After Mitt Romney lost the 2012 presidential race, the Republican National Committee chairman, Reince Priebus, commissioned an internal party study to examine why the party had won the popular vote only once since 1988.

The results of that so-called autopsy were fairly obvious: The party needed to appeal to more people of color, reach out to younger voters, become more welcoming to women. Those conclusions were presented as not only a political necessity but also a moral mandate if the Republican Party were to be a governing party in a rapidly changing America.

Then Donald Trump emerged and the party threw all those conclusions out the window with an almost audible sigh of relief: Thank God we can win without pretending we really care about this stuff. That reaction was sadly predictable.

I spent decades working to elect Republicans, including Mr. Romney and four other presidential candidates, and I am here to bear reluctant witness that Mr. Trump didn’t hijack the Republican Party. He is the logical conclusion of what the party became over the past 50 or so years, a natural product of the seeds of race-baiting, self-deception and anger that now dominate it. Hold Donald Trump up to a mirror and that bulging, scowling orange face is today’s Republican Party.

I saw the warning signs but ignored them and chose to believe what I wanted to believe: The party wasn’t just a white grievance party; there was still a big tent; the others guys were worse. Many of us in the party saw this dark side and told ourselves it was a recessive gene. We were wrong. It turned out to be the dominant gene.

What is most telling is that the Republican Party actively embraced, supported, defended and now enthusiastically identifies with a man who eagerly exploits the nation’s racial tensions. In our system, political parties should serve a circuit breaker function. The Republican Party never pulled the switch.

Racism is the original sin of the modern Republican Party. While many Republicans today like to mourn the absence of an intellectual voice like William Buckley, it is often overlooked that Mr. Buckley began his career as a racist defending segregation.

More at the link above.  Hugs

3 thoughts on “I Hope This Is Not Another Lie About the Republican Party But it might be lost forever.

  1. randy August 1, 2020 / 17:39

    Hi Scottie;
    When we read the history of our founders, the federalist papers and such, it is of a men excited and interested in this new experience that is going to be America. When we listen to what goes on now it’s not of a future bright with the possibilities of advancement but of tearing down the dreamers and goal setters. We don’t hear how we must curtail the government from over reach but must destroy those who would dare stand up for their rights against an overreaching government. We don’t hear how our leadership must be the shining light of liberty and justice but how horrible those are to expect transparency. We don’t hear how we can advance the human being but how someone not working like a slave is a bum. I think the poisoning of America started a long time ago and trump is what the sickness made.

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    • randy August 1, 2020 / 19:06

      So I guess that’s a long winded way of saying “yep”.

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    • Scottie August 2, 2020 / 06:20

      Hello Randy. Well said. It does seem to be inside out doesn’t it. The only ones driven today to make a new government is those who want to destroy democracy in favor of a theocracy. Hugs

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