Republican Party lacks viable national future

You’d have to be either delusional or ignorant of the facts to think that Republicans are a political party with a viable national future. President Barack Obama should’ve lost the election. Unemployment was high, the deficit was made a huge issue with him as scapegoat, and the fear-mongering Republican smear machine was in high gear. But then came the GOP clown-car campaign and debate debacle.

Who can forget racist Rick Perry, Rick Santorum and the crazy crowd attending the hate festivals they called debates? On national TV, we heard the conservative crowd boo the gay Iraq war veteran, and cheer Gov. Rick Perry for his record on the death penalty. All but one (Jon Huntsman) Republican candidate for president denied that human activity is contributing to climate change. Only Huntsman said he believes in evolution. He was polling at about 3 percent when he dropped out. He later tweeted, “To be clear, I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.” I might have voted for him.

The RNC released its “autopsy report.” This was a tough look at the party and how it can remain relevant. The report proposes shortening the primary calendar and holding a series of regional primaries. Most striking is its blunt endorsement of comprehensive immigration reform and a more inclusive attitude on social issues. The document includes market research from voter focus groups around the country. Asked to describe Republicans, they said that the party is “scary,” “narrow-minded,” “out-of-touch,” and that it is a party of “stuffy old men.”

Exit polling would confirm that last statement. Obama nabbed 93 percent of the black vote, 71 percent Latino vote; pro-abortion: 67 percent; and about 57 percent of those 44 and younger.

So, considering this information, what would you expect a reasonable response might be from the head of the RNC, Reince Priebus? Here’s what it actually was: “Women need to hear what our motive is – why it is that we want to create a better future for our families and how our policies will affect the lives of their loved ones.”

Bill Vana

Durango

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