Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Charlie Pierce elegantly summarizes the basic dynamic of our politics. The GOP base - the former Birchers and McCarthyites - have taken over the entire party. The old Washington Republicans like John Boehner are neutered and sidelined as the party base increasingly dictates the show. How else to explain why it took Mitt Romney so long to dispatch Rick Freaking Santorum?
If Obama beats Romney in November and does so soundly, I worry that the GOP will simply conclude that Romney wasn't conservative enough. If the Democrats are unable to win back the House, we are headed for four more years of gridlock and dysfunction, which will ultimately be taken out on the Democrats in 2014.
Pierce is right that the Wingnut base needs to be smacked around so badly that they eventually cede control back to the Rotarian wing of the GOP. But it's easy to see a scenario where the GOP comes back into power and shits the national bed once more.
In 2016, watching President Jan Brewer take the oath of office and Senate Majority Leader Jim DeMint and Speaker Eric Cantor looking on, we can all reflect on what the GOP base hath wrought.
God help us all.