A question to readers: What comes after the GOP?
It’s conventional wisdom on some big-ticket blogs that the Republican Party is done for. Stacy McCain thinks so.
I’m all for Scott Walker, but my faith in the GOP is relatively cratered. I have the gnarly suspicion, for example, the IRS emails are taking so long to drag out because the Vichy GOP would stand revealed as having certain strange familiarities with the details of what Lois Lerner was up to.
And he quotes Daily Pundit, who reminds us that
The Whigs collapsed and died in the space of a single election.
Ace of Spades has told the GOP, and America, to fuck themselves in pretty much those words:
Democracy is not being practiced here; it is merely being stage-managed. [The GOP] have worked their level best to insulate themselves from the rebuking power of popular opinion, and, with their corporate-media allies to protect them, they have managed to do so almost completely.
So this is why I have become a radical: I agree with a left-wing socialist/communist about the fundamental rotten lie at the heart of the American democracy.
I will not trouble myself to follow a farce.
A reminder: At least two of these blogs have readers in the millions.* Not all of them agree with everything the authors write, of course, but there’s a sizable chunk of the most politically informed citizenry who are pretty sure the GOP will be gone in an election cycle or two. I myself have been beating this drum for a while now.
A brief reminder: The Whigs collapsed in 1856, and the Democrats in 1860, because neither represented the views of the majority of Americans. American politics had been all about slavery since at least the 1830s, but both parties studiously avoided it. You could vote for the Whigs, who stood for nothing but not being Democrats, or you could vote for the Democrats, who were pro-slavery but wouldn’t admit it under torture. The Dems were better at coalition building — some things never change — and were able to cobble together the “Hard Shell,” “Soft Shell,” “Barnburner,” etc. factions together for one election longer than the Whigs were, but when faced with a legitimate protest party, they too collapsed. Their vote split several different ways, Lincoln won the White House, and I forget what happened next.
Given this…. what comes next? What replaces the GOP? Y’all know what I think, but I’d like to hear alternatives. Or maybe the GOP isn’t really dead?
*No offense to Daily Pundit; I just don’t know your traffic numbers.Loading Likes...