Apr 23 2009

Conservatives Continue To Drive GOP Into Oblivion

Published by at 8:21 pm under All General Discussions

The Democrats are being given a free ride because the ‘true conservative’ opposition is so inept and repulsive there is no respectable or credible check on the Democrats. The far right has destroyed conservatism as defined by Reagan and executed through both Bush presidencies. But it takes real ineptitude of historic proportions to destroy all that good, hard work in only a few short years of mindless madness.

The data is just too strong to dismiss anymore:

As he approaches the 100-day mark of his presidency, Barack Obama’s job approval ratings are higher than those of his most recent predecessors. However, the 44th president is even more distinguished by his strong personal popularity. Fully 73% of Americans – including as many as 46% of Republicans – hold a favorable view of Obama as a person. Fewer people held favorable impressions of George W. Bush (61%) and Bill Clinton (60%) early in their first years. 

Obama’s job approval stands at 63%, while 26% disapprove of the way he is handling his job as president. 

Through 100 days of a radical shift to the left the conservatives have been so hot headed and out of whack that America has turned to Obama as the preferred option. The conservative right is out of control, and now openly attacking America and Americans as they sink deeper and deeper into historical oblivion. Remember, to these people George W Bush, John McCain, John Kyl and other GOP leaders were traitors to the cause. They were moderates who created the Gang of 14 (a huge success), the prescription drug option in medicare/medicaid (a huge free market success), the Iraqi Surge (while many on the right bailed) and a chance to reform immigration and win over the most prized segment of the electorate – the rapidly growing hispanic voters (being voters they are Americans and deserve respect and a voice at the table).

After 100 days they have made Obama more popular than when he was elected!

This is how conservatives have screwed up so horribly, repulsed so many and shriveled up into a small band of angry malcontents:

A conservative faction of the Republican National Committee is urging the GOP to take a harder line against both Democrats and wayward Republicans, drafting a resolution to rename the opposition the “Democrat Socialist Party” and moving to rebuke the three Republican senators who supported the stimulus package. 

At the rate they are going they will push Obama into becoming one of the most popular presidents of modern time. It is not Obama’s gifts pulling this off, it is the massively repulsive nature of conservatives. Obama and the Dems are not succeeding – in fact he is stumbling and failing to make any progress on anything of value. It is simply the conservatives have become so radioactively angry they simply make the Dems look good in comparison.

Gone are the level heads, reasoned policies with broad centrist support, respectful tone. Gone is the shining city on the hill, destroyed and replaced by an angry mob.

The path out of this mess is obvious to everyone not drowning in the fevered swamps of the right: 

But before they rush to criticize Obama, they need to put their own house in order. The GOP’s moderate wing has declined in recent decades, and the size of the Republican coalition is shrinking. 

If the Republican Party is to reestablish its dominance in American politics, it must rebuild a national coalition that includes independent and moderate voters and elected officials. In the 1950s and 1960s, Republicans had a robust centrist wing typified by President Dwight Eisenhower, New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller and New Jersey Sen. Clifford Case. Influential think tanks like the Ripon Society proposed moderate policy ideas that proved to be both popular and effective. 

E.J. Dionne argues in his seminal “Why Americans Hate Politics” that Ripon’s members “were among the first in the 1960s to … show how an all-volunteer Army could work.” They sought “to turn the Republicans’ preference for state and local government into practical programs,” endorsed civil rights, proposed tax credits for the working poor and supported an opening to communist China.

Moderates and independent-minded Republicans tend to be harder to find in the House than they were 10 or 20 years ago — whether they support abortion rights or are pro-Big Government. A once-proud moderate tradition has been seriously weakened. 

The decline of moderate and independent Republicans, according to historian Vincent Cannato of the University of Massachusetts, Boston, “is only part of the problem” confronting Republicans today. Still, “just as Democrats needed to reach out to Blue Dogs” to build their coalition, Cannato said, “Republicans need to find out who the moderates and independents are in the country — and try to figure out how to appeal to them.” 

So far the rabid far right tendency to call people traitors and wimps and getting in their face for not bowing down to their huge egos has not been attracting much support. Gee, wonder why?

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44 Responses to “Conservatives Continue To Drive GOP Into Oblivion”

  1. owl says:

    Don’t think I lost it but you might should look around for yours if you honestly believe that last sentence you wrote. Most of the racism I have witnessed in the last 20 years in this country was exhibited by blacks. I am not saying it does not go the other way but I can tell you what I have observed. Examples? How about the Congressional BLACK Caucaus, in your face? How about Rev Wright screaming about ‘whitey’ and his group not only did not shut him down, they cheered? Making crimes ‘hate’ crimes? The list goes on and on. There has been more discrimination against Mexicans than blacks for a long time now. NO, NO, NO. I am not saying that everyone against illegal immigration is doing this. Far from it. I do know the difference between someone against illegal immigration and a racist. Just stating facts I see on the ground.

    I am not concerned over the color of someone’s skin. I can stand to lose an election (have lost a bunch). I am concerned when someone is elected by MSM (not the people) and then this person immediately enacts laws at warp speed that harm this country. I am not young and have seen many Presidents come and go. This is the most dangerous man I have seen in the office. I am looking at his actions and not the color of his skin. I’ll let you do that one.

  2. owl says:

    Oops, meant to address that last to enigma.

  3. Frogg says:

    Friday, April 24, 2009

    2 Polls Today: Obama Less Popular Than GW Bush After 100 Days

    Two different polls released today show that radical Barack Obama is less popular than George W. Bush was after 100 days.

    A FOX News poll admits Obama is less popular than Bush.
    FOX News reported:

    The president’s approval is nearly identical to the job rating George W. Bush received at the same point in his first term, as 63 percent of Americans approved and 22 percent disapproved (April 18-19, 2001). One noticeable difference is that approval of Obama is much more divided along partisan lines today than Bush’s ratings were eight years ago.

    But, Gallup was not so open about their results.
    Judith Apter Klinghoffer discovered this today:

    Gallup reports that 56% of the public believes that Obama is doing an excellent/good job. Gallup reported 62% approved of George W. Bush’s job performance after the first 100 days.
    For some strange reason this point did not make it into the Gallup press release.


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