So Close Yet So Far Away

So. While browsing Reddit’s /r/Politics subbreddit, I came across this article from Eric Erickson. I felt it needed a response that wouldn’t quite fit in a Facebook update. File this one under Schism action. “A house divided can’t stand!”.

What’s infuriating about this type of article is that it comes so close to scratching the surface of Republican dysfunction yet continues to ignore the obvious. You know, the stuff we take for granted when dealing with many Republicans. I guess in a way this makes sense because Erickson doesn’t want to bite the hand that feeds him. He has his connection to the Fox empire and his ‘news’ site Redstate. He can’t just tell his readers that it’s the fault of partisan hacks like him who are confirming the biases of the base while simultaneously ignoring realty. “Immigrants are taking our jobs!” ….Except net immigration has been down because the border is more secure than ever. I don’t think I need to expand on that — Thanksgiving is coming. See what telling the truth got Kevin McCarthy?

To quote Erickson himself:

Yes, exactly. The Republican Party is dying because the GOP in DC has gone corporate and K Street. They attack any Republicans who dare hold them to their promises. They’ve gone to war against Heritage Action for America, Club For Growth, the Madison Project, etc. They’ve blackballed any political consultant who does work for outsiders.

Except that’s not what is going to happen after this election cycle. There will be plenty of wingnut welfare to go around. And your primary argument: “The Republican Party is dying because the GOP in DC has gone corporate and K Street.” is just so goddamned stupid I smell toast. Where was Erickson in the 80s? The GOP went corporate a long, long time ago. Is he really insinuating that only in recent years the party has gone “Full Corporate”? Pardon my french, but: News flash, you stupid fucking cock! The GOP is dying because the GOP is literally dying. The base is old and thanks to schmucks like you that poison political discourse in these so-called United States of America you are alienating potential voters for the party. But you can’t say that so you blame an easy target like the revolving door.

Maybe if the Republican party could try, I dunno, governing it might not die. This is something that worries me even though I’m the kind of person that keeps right-wing wingnuts up at night. America needs its conservative party in order to govern — to pass bills, budgets, and so on without a crisis every other month. Or week. Even though I’ve been a registered Democrat all my adult life, I know that a Democratic super majority could be as dangerous on a long-term scale as the current case of the Republican party not wanting to govern. And that’s where we’re heading.

Rob Pool

About Rob Pool

Co-host and co-producer of Mic Check Radio. When not editing audio for MCR, he enjoys the wonky side of politics — the insider sportsball of it. Rob also makes it a point to keep up with worldly affairs outside of America’s borders since corporate media ignores it. Oh and he hates the mainstream media — long live Indie Media Weekly!

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