Three weeks after the election, and it’s quite obvious that Republicans have already forgotten the lessons learned about the electorate, about diversity, and about moderating stances. As these stories from Slate and the DailyKos note, EVERY House GOP Committee chair that’s been named so far is a white male. Shocking!!! As my wife would state, the “Hairy Old White Men” still rule the roost in the GOP house.
After two straight presidential elections that have proven Republicans can’t rely on the “White Vote” strategy any longer, there were immediate calls from many on the right to become more inclusive. Boehner and the GOP leadership in the House missed that memo. As I’ve stated before, I GLADLY support the status quo in the Republican Party leadership. As long as the status quo holds, as long as Republicans cling to policies and behavior from the past, they’re destined to lose many more elections.
There were also many after the election who claimed it was the death knell of the Tea Party, that Tea Party conservatism was too extreme for the American public. There’s little doubt that the Tea Party backed candidates performed miserably in Congressional races, and helped contribute to the stunning Democratic gains in the Senate, when by every historical standard, Republicans should have gained Senate seats this cycle. So have Republicans begun to move towards more moderate candidates?
Virginia Republicans certainly haven’t learned their lesson. In a state Romney was sure he’d win, in a traditionally “safe” Republican state that’s now shifted to blue the last 2 elections, Virginia Republicans have rallied around conservative lightning rod Ken Cuccinelli for governor in 2013. Among Cuccinelli’s MANY claims to fame? Trying to sue a Virginia climate-change scientist to release his emails…opposing ObamaCare…opposing limits on carrying guns…opposing rights or assistance for illegal immigrants…and the hits keep on a comin’.
Bravo, Repubs. Don’t give in! Don’t go against what you believe in!! Don’t deviate from your current single-minded focus on turning the U.S. into a conservative Nirvana!!
As long as you continue to act as if the 2012 election never happened…Democrats like myself will be fat and happy for a VERY long time.