The Republican Party is currently in the middle of an internal civil war after the devastating losses of the 2012 election. Of course, forever the party of self-delusion, the Republicans cannot accept that they lost due to a demographic shift, resulting in their message not resonating with voters. Instead, they decide to, once again, blame the black guy.
Fox News invited conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer to speak to Sean Hannity on the Republican civil war, and he had this to say (see video):
He’s been using [the fiscal cliff talks] — and I must say with great skill, and ruthless skill and success — to fracture and basically shatter the Republican opposition. The only redoubt of the opposition is the House. And his objective from the very beginning was to break the will of the Republicans in the House, and to create an internal civil war. And he’s done that.
How did he do it? By always insisting from Day One after the election that Republicans had to raise rates.
Of course, the problem is that the GOP civil war has been going on for far longer than since the election. It was in full force with the outing of Senator Richard Lugar in Indiana. Even Speaker of the House John Boehner faced a primary challenger this past cycle.
Attacking the President for this is nothing new. The GOP has already used plenty of scapegoats since their failure this past election. Even right-wing standard-bearer, Rush Limbaugh, has declared the Republican Party dead rather than face reality.
The GOP’s nationwide efforts to gerrymander districts to unprecedented heights is the true cause of the civil war. By making districts so hyper-partisan they have created an almost cult-like atmosphere within the party elite.
Mr. Krauthammer is attempting to deflect blame, and likely believes that Obama is to blame. But the effort is more of one attempting to unify the party in their opposition to Obama rather than any real dialogue or discussion. And it is one which is doomed to fail. With Obama no longer able to run for office, their opposition is against a phantom target. They are not running against Obama in 2016, despite claims in Newt Gingrich‘s newsletter, the motivation to oppose him just is not there. To continue with this old tactic is just a failure to understand that the old playbook doesn’t work anymore. Even their old campaign mentor Lee Atwater spoke out against being stuck in the past. The engineer of the 1980 Reagan campaign would be shaking his head at the current crop of GOP pundits.
The Republican Party has declared their intent to become a regional party, to ignore the evolution of the country, and to disband from being a national force in the years ahead. Mr. Krauthammer is, through his rediculous rhetoric, only underscoring this dissolution.
Nathaniel Downes is the son of a former state representative of New Hampshire, now living in Seattle Washington.
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