One of the hallmarks of proto-fascism or ultra-nationalism is eliminationism. This is where the conservative sees very stark contrasts and draws very sharp lines between them, the true and pure, and the menacing other. This election cycle saw Republicans once again relying on high school educated southern and mid-western white males to carry them to victory. Though Democrats did and will continue to get a good chunk of that vote because many of them do realize that conservatives have literally sold them out. Especially in that range of people Romney called the 47%. These are Americans who work hard, have household incomes at and under the median national income level ( currently about $52k). When they retire or income ill (they’re the ones you saw at tea bagger rallies holding the signs that said keep the government’s hands off my Medicare) that will be part of the red state phenomenon of being more reliant on gov’mint than blue states. At one time or another, with no real end in sight, the conservative movement has declared just about everyone the enemy – women, college educated whites, people of color, Americans who reject their highly politicized version of what constitutes genuine Christianity or values in general, people in cites, people that might be French … and the list goes on and on. It is for better or worse a common reaction to being hated to be disliked in return. We have reached the tipping point for Republican eliminationism. Everyone that conservatives hate combined represent a solid and growing majority. They’ll hold on to some red string holds, but nationally the conservative movement is once and for all on the decline. As I wrote in recent post, pay no attention to the rumors and public hand wringing of a Republican civil war between whatever passes for a moderate and the far Right. Ignore anyone who says this is a pivotal moment in conservatism where their will be clouds parting and great revelations about how Republicans will change and become less relevant and less extreme. With every single election cycle in the last sixty years, with the possible exception of Bush 41 Republicans have moved further to the Right and become more unhinged. G.O.P. Strains to Define How to Close Gap With Voters
“We continually crank out moderate loser after moderate loser,” said Joshua S. Treviño, a speechwriter in George W. Bush’s administration who now works for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative group. He said Mitt Romney was part of a “pattern” of Republican nominees, preceded by John McCain, Bob Dole and George H. W. Bush, who were rejected by voters because of “perceived inauthenticity.”
This has been written thousands of times before, but we have reached the same crossroads. Conservatives always believe it is the person not the underlying malevolence and repeated failures of conservatism that is to blame. Note that Treviño is not some mindless conservative blogger. He is part of the power structure of the Republican party.
By contrast, Ralph Reed, the longtime Republican strategist and chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, said he would redouble efforts over the next four years to recruit women, Latinos and young people as grass-roots organizers.
“I certainly get the fact that your daddy’s Republican Party cannot win relying singularly on white voters and evangelicals alone — as critical as I believe those voters are to a majority coalition,” Mr. Reed said. “The good news for conservatives is there are many of those who have not always felt welcome in our ranks who share our values.”
“By contrast”? Really. Reed is also doubling down on right-wing dogma, but he is willing to consider letting some of those people, those others, joy if they’ll just anoint themselves of the mindless rhetoric and idolatry of ultra-nationalism. Reed is not just entrenched in The Bubble, he is part of what keeps it full of hot air. I’ve never meet or even heard of a non-conservative, a Democrat, a progressive, a liberal that does not have a set of values that very much resembles the Ten Commandments. We just not puritanical hypocrites about the whole business of morality. I was never sure how conservatives, other than ways which are clearly unconstitutional, if they had massive majorities and total control of the government would force their 19th century fundamentalists views into law and down people’s throats. That is not freedom. The people who voted for Obama did so because they felt he and Democrats best represent American values.
“The question really is how do we set the best tone in delivering our conservative message so that it becomes attractive to more people,” said Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia, the association’s chairman. “Looking at how young voters and minority voters are voting, it’s an unsustainable trajectory.”
In addition to losing both the popular and electoral votes for president, the Republicans lost nearly every swing state. Although the race was far closer than in 2008, Mr. Romney won two million fewer votes than Mr. McCain did against Mr. Obama that year.
Democrats, once fearful of losing the Senate, gained one seat there and four in the House. They also added seats in state legislatures.
For those who are not familiar with conservative doublespeak let me translate Bob’s statement: How can conservatives further pervert the English language to Orwellian extremes to disguise our radical agenda that is now and will always be only in the best interests of clueless billionaires, misogynist, racist and social-Darwinist so we can deceive people into voting for us. That is not a revaluation. That is not a heartfelt reassessment, that is a cultist reaffirming fidelity to a cause that is an anathema to a healthy democracy.
The saga of CIA Director David Petraeus continues. An interesting quote from Paula Broadwell’s dad, Paul Krantz, Jill Kelley, social liaison to MacDill Air Force Base, is mystery woman Paula Broadwell harassed via email leading to FBI probe
But Broadwell’s father said Sunday his daughter is the victim of character assassination and implied the bombshell story is just a smoke screen for something bigger.
“This is about something else entirely, and the truth will come out,” Broadwell’s dad, Paul Krantz, told the Daily News outside his home in Bismarck, N.D.
“There is a lot more that is going to come out,” said Krantz, claiming he was not allowed to elaborate. “You wait and see. There’s a lot more here than meets the eye.”
He said he supports his daughter “100%.”
It is not my intention to make fun of Broadwell or her dad. Though I wonder how this could all happen. Broadwell, Kelley and David Petraeus. All Republicans are perfect. All Republicans are always right. All Republicans are stellar examples of the kinds of values that we should all have. As Mr. Reed said. “The good news for conservatives is there are many of those who have not always felt welcome in our ranks who share our values.”