Right Wing Will Sink Republicans
Today I was wondering about a few things and lo and behold, Bloomberg comes out with a few articles that hit some of the nails on the head.
The gist of what I was wondering about was how the right wing of the Republican Party expects to win with viewpoints that are clearly out of the mainstream. They seem intent on sending an ideologically pure right winger into the Presidential election that I can not figure out how they figure they can win.
John Huntsman, who is an imperfect candidate himself, is the most moderate of the bunch, maybe followed by Herman Cain, and Huntsman is dead last in the Republican only polls. How can that be?
Is the Republican Party really only left with right wingers? Are all the moderates gone? If that is so, the Republicans are DOA next year.
I have covered this before. There is no big shift to the right in this country. This is a centrist nation that vacillates a shade in either direction every few elections. Recently it has been every election.
The same mistake the Democrats made after 2008 of being over confident and claiming mandates, the Republicans are doing now. There is no Republican mandate. Poll after poll shows Americans favor some sort of middle way (maybe most of us are closet Buddhists) which includes eliminating tax loopholes, raising taxes on the truly wealthy (not the six figure crowd who are wealthy elites only in their own heads) and rebuilding the infrastructure.
I want to see two strong parties. Right now we half an okay Democratic Party, maybe because they are getting whooped, I'm the last guy to claim they are perfect either, and a Republican Party that is either split dramatically or on the verge of implosion.
With demographics in this nation not favoring Republicans long term with their current developing platform I don't see how they survive the decade.
If I were John Boehner, presuming he cares about the long term and not just his own short term career outlook, I would be pulling that party to the middle-right and off of the right wing fringe. He ought to give President Obama everything he just asked for in return for making the Bush income tax rates permanent for those under $1m a year in income. How would that turn out? The Republicans would get to share credit if things turned around quick, assign blame if things didn't (and they probably won't) and will finally be able to argue they are on the side of the working man.
That's just one centrists thoughts. But I'm in pretty good company with 60% or so of America. Both parties ought to keep that in mind. The party that grabs the middle wins.