The republican party appears to be imploding. It is not simply, as has been said by some, because the religious right is threatening to desert it. That is not actually going to happen. The religious right will go down with the party.
The republican party is imploding on the speciousness of its own philosophy, the hypocrisy of its “morality” and the strident arrogance of its years in power. In the arrogance of power the hypocrites who trumpeted family values while frequenting brothels, propositioning same sex pages, seeking homosexual relationships in public restrooms and repeatedly cheating on marriage partners with staff members, never expected to get caught. In that same arrogance of power republicans not only expected to receive truly exorbitant bribes for legislative favors, but established an official network of lobbyists of unprecedented size to embed a system of unending bribes streaming into the coffers of their members in order to ingrain and perpetuate a republican hegemony of government.
Republicans did not care that their leader, the president was a babbling incompetent and had no idea he would eventually contribute to their downfall with a ruinous and idiotic agenda they refused to question or investigate. They thought their system could sustain an idiot at the top.
As Newt Gingrich, who is still the beloved of stalwart repubs said of the fraudulent impeachment of President Clinton, “We did it because we could.” Not because it was right or constitutionally necessary or good for the country, but because they were republicans and in power and by damn they could. Even after admitting that, after admitting that when he had power he had no regard for the welfare of the country but only for politics, Newt speaks as if he is somehow to be respected and worthy of perhaps running for President.
Republican hegemony didn’t pan out for them. Not simply because so many of them have been caught, but because their arrogance so corrupted them individually that they could not govern. They could not do the people’s business. In order to perpetuate their own power they formed an alliance with so many devils they could not or would not function as a branch of government. A branch of government charged with balancing the power of the executive, of advice and consent, of investigation of fraud, of deciding whether or not to go to war. They became the devils with whom they were in league.
Of course, the obvious devil with whom the republicans signed a pact is the fundamentalist, anti-science and reason, pro church-state relationship, religious right extremism of Falwell, Robertson etal. Then of course, the corporate moguls with whom they are complicit in raiding the treasury, destroying the middle class and creating a ruling elite of the super rich.
But, one of the more nefarious of the devils is comprised of the senseless and shrill babbling network of media monkeys, who under the guise of reporters of the news and purveyors of public opinion forums have so polluted the airways with ridiculously obvious rightwing bias and nonsense, that they have gone over the line and the cliff of credibility. Their insipid parroting of administration talking points in lieu of real investigative grunt work has rendered them totally ignorant of the real issues facing the nation.
And so, as the private perfidy of individual republican champions of public morality is subjected to the light of day; as the widespread corruption of unprecedented bribery is exposed and as the mindless collusion of the press with the rightwing agenda becomes glaringly obvious, the fortunes of the republican party decline. The collegiality between the moderate, sensible republicans who are left and the neocon branch becomes strained. Nobody, it seems is happy. The party is fragmenting.
One of the latest indications of the failure of the republican neocon founding dynasty is the flailing, failing and falling into more profound incoherence of the vanguard of oxymoronity represented by Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh. How sweet it is.
Unfortunately that leaves us with the democrats who, even in the face of this profound fragmentation of the opposition seem unable to find a collective spine and formulate a coherent message of hope and salvation for the republic.