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Four Epic Dilemmas Dooming GOP 'Rebranding'

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Stuck dancing with the sclerotic herd that brung you

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Beyond rightwing foment and self-flagellation, epic dilemmas bedevil all Republican dreams of regaining a national majority:

 

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1) Fealty to manifestly discredited belief systems (cultural, economic, religious, and scientific);

2) Fealty to disgraced, ideological leaders whose arteries are hardening, rhetorically-suicidal and/or slow to get demographic "death spirals;"

3) Justified anxiety that "rebranding" different enough to engage newly-empowered centrists will alienate far more base zealots already feeling besieged from both sides.  

4) Reactionary robber barons will keep afloat any "anti-business Obama" gang, whatever the setbacks, with plenty more billions to secure favorable permits, subsidies, laws, and deregulation.

 

In a nutshell, how does a party of insular, rigid true believers, thrusting warlike middle fingers towards modernity, talk itself into modernizing just because it lost one election? Aside from putting lipstick on a pig, where's the miraculous (earthbound) agency that modernizes angry, resentful Tea Partiers whose outrage targeted the very diverse, younger, secular crowds now crowning the future?

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GOP loyalty to losers

 

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