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The Politics of Self-Destruction: Is the 'Stupid Party' that Stupid?

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So, that worked so well the new plan is to lob grenades at fellow travelers. Ridiculing Rove as a Nazi is a telling slam, forcing Bush's Brain on FOX to argue he's no autocratic bully (rich indeed, even when correct on suicidal primary winners). Limbaugh and Gingrich joined in the Rove salvos. Okay, Rove is a snake but consider wingnut attacks, as from Ann Coulter, on the respectable Marco Rubio, the party's one-week savior getting pilloried for pushing immigration "amnesty" that "dooms the GOP." Is that all? Or when? Jeb Bush, waking from the dead center, piled on Rubio while ex-rising star, Rand Paul, kept Tea Parties humming by matching rhetoric with Cruz for the wingnut king.


Uncivil Hostilities, Casualties Mounting

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Fisticuffs extended to defense matters, as loose cannon senators McCain and Lindsay harshly slam Cruz's neo-McCarthyite innuendo that impugned Republican Hagel's honor. Imagine. Only last month, Chris Christie (a rare GOP bird) blasted the NRA over arming schools after eviscerating Speaker Boehner for delayed storm aid votes. Earlier still, Romney staff losers (plus the deranged Dick Morris and FOX goons) had blamed Christie alone for the loss (as if Mitt was a shoe-in). In rushed Rudy Giuliani, defending Christie against shrill party lashings: "He put his state first." Nobody on the right is obviously putting party, let alone nation first, and new battlegrounds surface weekly.


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In short, the election fiasco only reinforced where the right went badly wrong, reduced now to inane, schoolyard bullying against itself. When do previously typical, post-election firing squads get so mired in hostility they set off tectonic disruptions, auguring new parties? Rachel Maddow describes a staggered GOP "Engulfed in Flames," entirely self-induced. Why do so few rightwingers refuse to challenge wild NRA excesses, despite growing backlashes that undermine the GOP and its all-too-literal blood brother. Nor has the most absurd ideologue of all, Grover Norquist, been drowned in his own bathtub. 

Just what a party with 30% favorability needs: obedience to a medieval absolutist who views tax hikes as if drone attacks. Talk about lose-lose: Republicans either appear demented by worshiping such demagoguery, or they shame themselves, apologizing profusely for keeping the government from bankruptcy. What happened to the old war cry. "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing"?


Yes, the rightwing is ripe with dim bulbs, but only buffoons on a suicide mission defy the definition of insanity attributed to Einstein, "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Bingo, this week House zealots duplicate earlier mortification by embracing highly unpopular, sequester brinksmanship while opposing highly popular minimum wage increases. Don't party geniuses realize even illiterate voters understand blackmail and Robber Baron messaging?  


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But why expect togetherness from the "party of freedom" that claims to worship rogue individualism while enforcing authoritarian, top-down obedience? And that contradiction covers both billionaires and blithering know-nothings.  Long-lasting parties are either rocked by outside, revolutionary shifts, or they implode: today's GOP wizards act like the way to whip mounting majorities is to shrink your own minority. Ah, let the party boldly going where no party went before. Let them show us the finale: will unlimited coffers, and flocks of royalist king's men, magically put Humpty-Dumpty together again, despite crashing from self-induced internecine strife?

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For a decade, Robert S. Becker's rebel-rousing essays on politics and culture analyze overall trends, messaging and frameworks, now featured author at OpEdNews, Nation of Change and RSN. He appears regularly at Dissident Voice, with credits (more...)

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