5 Reasons the GOP is Kidding Itself
President Barack Obama, a “charismatic African American president with a billion dollars, no primary and media that often felt morally conflicted about being critical,” won the 2012 presidential election because he turned the “problems of the Democratic Party” (“being too liberal and too dependent on minorities”) into “advantages.”
That’s what Stuart Stevens, chief strategist for the Romney presidential campaign, writes in a Washington Post op-ed entitled “Mitt Romney: A good man. The right fight.”
Heaven forbid a president should take on the “wrong fight” of working for progressive policies regarding the needs of Americans in all their diversity!
Some more reasons that Stevens and a host of other GOP-ers do are kidding themselves.
1. The GOP Is Proud That Lower-Income Americans Didn’t Vote For Romney
Let’s take a closer look at what Stevens says is the “right fight.” This involves going to battle for “Republican ideals” of “lower taxes,” “less government” and “more freedom,” with the result that “on Nov. 6, Romney carried the majority of every economic group except those with less than $50,000 a year in household income.”
Stuart needs to take a refresher course in what the U.S. is about by reviewing the famous lines of Emma Lazarus, ”Give me your tired, your poor, / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” (I was going to suggest he visit no place less than the Statue of Liberty, but the site is currently closed due to Hurricane Sandy.)
2. The Tea Party Is Out To Stop Obama’s Inauguration
Tea Party activists are hard at work to block Obama’s inauguration by plotting to take over the electoral college. Apparently their thought is, if they can sway enough states not to participate in the electoral college, a quorum cannot be reached and, bingo!, no second term for Obama.
3. The GOP Thinks Only White Men Should Chair Major House Committees
Somehow, House Republicans managed to choose only white men to be chairs of all the major House committees for the 113th Congress.
In other words, the new Republican party is… exactly like the old Republican party!
4. Top GOP Politicians Think Theologians Are Authorities About Matters of Science
Many a Republican, including Rep. Lamar Smith of Tennessee who is to chair the House committee on science and technology, seem a bit challenged about the basics of science.
Smith is a climate change skeptic. Florida’s Sen. Mario Rubio (who is a member of the Senate’s Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee) thinks that the age of the earth is for theologians to dispute. Gov. Rick Perry of Texas and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee also say they just don’t know how old the earth is.
5. GOP Politicians Are Parsing Grammar Instead of Addressing Urgent Issues of Middle East Diplomacy
Stevens says that Romney’s campaign, and the GOP in general, focus on the “big questions.” But GOP Senators who met on Tuesday with Susan Rice, the United Nations ambassador, about her account of the attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, have been fixated on four sentences written as talking points by intelligence analysts.
Sen. John McCain of Arizona is among Republicans who have focused on nitpicking over the details of those four sentences (who wrote them, revised them, tried to edit them) rather than on the important questions that beg to be addressed and now: had requests for heightened security for diplomats in Libya been ignored? How can U.S. envoys continue diplomatic efforts in a post-Arab Spring world where, as the New York Times, puts it, “dangerous chaos” is all too present?
The GOP really does need to wake up and smell the coffee (and soon as — though climate deniers may deny it — global warming could mean a world without coffee.)
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