The fallout from the government shutdown continues to rain down upon the Republican Party. Not only do the American people despise the GOP right now, but so do members of their own party. In fact, it’s so bad for the party that members are literally switching their political allegiance and joining the Democrats. That’s precisely what a Texas judge has done.
Texas Judge Carlo Key renounced the Republican Party and switched his allegiance to the Democrats.
Texas Judge Carlo Key is a Republican. Well, he used to be until recently. The Bexar County judge formally renounced the GOP in a video he released on Sunday. And then Key did something that should send warning signals to the Republican Party. He announced his decision to join the Democratic Party and he explained why.
Judge Carlo Key said he made his decision because the Republican Party has been taken over by hate, bigotry, and extreme ideology. The conservative principles that the party once stood for have disappeared.
“Rational Republican beliefs have given way to ideological character assassination,” Judge Carlo Key declared. “Pragmatism and principle have been overtaken by pettiness and bigotry. Make no mistake, I have not left the Republican party. It left me.”
Judge Carlo Key then took a shot at Republicans such as Ted Cruz and other members of the Tea Party who have shamefully used hate speech to build political power. He seemed truly embarrassed to be in the same party with them.
“I will not be a member of a party in which hate speech elevates candidates for higher office, rather than disqualifying them. I cannot place my name on the ballot for a political party that is proud to destroy the lives of hundreds of thousands of federal workers over the vain attempt to repeal a law that will provide healthcare to millions of people throughout our country.”
Here’s the video via Raw Story.
Because of the Tea Party-caused government shutdown, moderate Republicans are starting to sprint away.
There you have it. Republicans are running away from the GOP into the welcoming arms of Democrats. All because of the Tea Party’s “fool’s errand” to shut down the government in an effort to take health care away from millions of Americans. The fact that Key was a Texas Republican before the shutdown speaks volumes. If a Republican in Texas is fed up enough with the GOP to become a Democrat, Republicans in any state can do the same. And that spells doom for a party that is desperately trying to attract new supporters.
The Republican Party has pitched a tent so small that no one wants to stay in it.
Key’s regret about what the GOP has become matches up perfectly with that of most Americans. Republicans currently have the lowest favorable ratings they’ve ever had in the polls. The shutdown also caused a major rift between Republicans and the Tea Party. According to a recent Pew Research Poll, only 27 percent of moderate Republicans have a favorable view of the Tea Party. The same poll also reveals that only 27% of moderates consider the Tea Party part of the GOP.
In short, the more the GOP endorses Tea Party candidates, the less support they will receive from Republican voters. The party may be able to survive for awhile without African-Americans, Latinos, women, and young people. But if they lose support from moderate Republicans, the GOP will become irrelevant even quicker. The tent of the Democratic Party is so HUGE right now that even moderate Republicans are discovering that there is plenty of room for them. Judge Carlo Key certainly made that discovery, and he’s running for re-election as a Democrat. Compared to the Democratic Party tent, the Republican Party has pitched a pup tent that no one wants stay in.