R. Ferguson
Ailing G.O.P. Risks Losing a Generation - NYTimes.com - http://www.nytimes.com/2009...
Ailing G.O.P. Risks Losing a Generation - NYTimes.com
"Americans identifying themselves as Democrats outnumber those who say they are Republicans by 10 percentage points, the largest gap in party identification in 24 years." - R. Ferguson from Bookmarklet
IMHO, it's not a "risk", they lost it. There's a generation of people (I'm one of them) whose entire political memory consists of the ridiculousness of Republicans pushing an impeachment when the country was otherwise doing great, Bush and everything that happened there, and now if Obama puts in even a middling performance as President, it'll be a long time coming before anyone my age can take them seriously. - Eric P
@Eric, Well said, I think you hit the nail directly on the head. - Jeff P. Henderson
And they are not doing anything to help themselves - with the extremists capturing the party, sane conservatives publicly leaving it, semi-sane Republicans losing congressional elections leaving only lunatics in Congress, there is nothing to inspire anyone of any age to do anything but laugh at them. - Bora Zivkovic
Correct Lindsay. Third parties will be running in to fill the vacuum left by the departing GOP. And with many young people seeing the new politics not as two parties putting checks on each other, but as people putting checks on the government, parties will be less important and affiliation as Independent may become more popular. - Bora Zivkovic
Judeo-Christian fascists (neoconservatives and Christian fundamentalists) took over the Republican Party. End of story. Republicans are now in sharp conflict not only with Democrats and liberals, but with traditional conservatives and mainstream religionists as well. They ruined the Republican Party. - Sean McBride
Some folks who helped to take down the Republican Party: Ann Coulter, Dick Cheney, Douglas Feith, Elliott Abrams, George W. Bush, Jerry Falwell, John Hagee, Karl Rove, Lewis Libby, Michael Ledeen, Michael Savage, Newt Gingrich, Pat Robertson, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, Rick Santorum, Rush Limbaugh, William Kristol. - Sean McBride
@Wallace: I would LOVE it if Fred Thompson was the face of the GOP. But I'm a liberal who thinks that would be terrible for them. Senator Leghorn produced terribly in the 2008 primaries. - Andrew C (✔)
Lindsey -- I think we may see a radical realignment in American politics in which neoconservatives and neoliberals will aggregate in one group, and traditional conservatives, liberals, libertarians and progressives will aggregate in an opposing group. To some degree this is already happening. Liberals are going to quickly figure out that neoliberals are doing as much damage to the Obama administration as neoconservatives did to the Bush 43 administration. - Sean McBride
Sean: +100 - Robert Scoble
For what it's worth, I think "small government" still has some appeal and serves as a useful check on the excesses of the other side. The Republicans problem is that they've completely tied themselves to the hip of the theocrats - intolerant bigots trying to push their bigotry on an increasingly multicultural country. If I had to wager, when the Republicans do finally emerge from the political wilderness, it'll be with a more charismatic and slightly less kooky version of Ron Paul. - Eric P
"small government" is orwellianism that means - don't put money in education, health care, environment or other stuff that helps people, economy and society, Instead, put money into military and police and other stuff that ensures the powerful stay in power: http://scienceblogs.com/clock... - Bora Zivkovic