I hope that students sitting in college political science classes have thrown away their text books and are watching TV in the past few weeks because ‘it’ is playing out before them on flat screen TV’s tuned to a cable station. The subject of the lesson: “how a political party commits slow, agonizing suicide.”
The Grand Old Party may be in its death throes as I type. Months earlier, they were whetting their knives to carve out large a hunk of Democrat flesh. Today they are self-destructing right before our eyes.
First, not one prominent national Republican Party leader has stood up to oppose the Arizona ‘show me your papers’ law- the law written by GOP members of the Arizona Legislature and signed by the GOP governor. Not one.
The political Science professor asks of the students before him, “What impact does such legislation have on the electorate?” And further, “What change in democraphics will the 2010 Census will be reported that directly impacts such legislation?”
The second serious mistake being made by the GOP is their public support of Wall Street by voting unanimously twice to filibuster the Finance Reform Bill introduced in the Senate. Again, the professor asks the students, “What is the mood of the nation at this time regarding Wall Street and the large Wall Street banks?” Further he asks, “What image is created of the Republican Party with these two filibuster votes?”
Enough of the classroom. One does wonder, though, how the citizens of this nation are reading these issues[ or IF they are]. MoveOn.org has a 30-second TV ad running in my neck of the woods featuring a close-up shot of Mitch McConnell’s eyes and a voice-over detailing his close relationship with Wall Street Bankers. Towards the end, the camera pulls out and his ‘shit-eating grin’ is displayed, full-face. Powerful ad.
I can’t recall watching such an implosion spectacle like this one unfold right before my eyes. It is amazing. If the GOP intends to extend their hold on Congress this Fall, then they must be reading the wrong playbook. Those so-called independents must be terribly confused as they watch the same ‘show’ as I. These are the ones who turn an election, not the party base.
Defending Nazi-like SS tactics and Wall Street clearly smacks of people sipping hemlock.