Why the Republican Party is failing America

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Why the Republican Party is failing America
Nov 6, 2012

Republican Party self-sabotage

The single most defining element of American politics over the last four years is that the Republican party has fallen out of the crazy tree and hit every branch on the way down. It is no longer even appropriate to say the Republican party is dominated by its conservative wing; but rather, that the GOP is controlled by its extreme, radical wing.

The shift of the Republican to the far, far right is not a recent development. Instead, it is reflective of a four-decade shift in ideological orientation in the GOP: from a party once torn between distinct conservative and moderate wings, to one in which moderates have gone the way of dinosaurs and VCRs. But there is no question that in the past four years, the extremism of the GOP has increased dramatically – so much so that their most recent president, George W Bush, is persona non grata in the party because he is viewed as too moderate and not sufficiently conservative. Imagine that.

So, my question is: how big a failure will it take for the GOP to re-evaluate their commitment to being the party representing every backward idea ever dreamed up?  When does the path of extremism become the obvious wrong choice?

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