Postphoning the Goperdammurung?

It seems that whenever there is a Republican setback lately, whether electoral or politically in general, there are a spate of thinky pieces about what’s going wrong in the Republican Party and how they might fix it. I don’t despise the impulse, even while I find it overly optimistic and paradoxical. Many of the premature postmortem-writers aren’t ostensibly fans of the Republican party, to begin with. And rather than consider how whatever rupture between the party and the mainstream can be repaired, I know my gut instinct is to reach for a lever and pull like a mad mother. Political writers are, for the most part, I think, bright people and problem-solvers at heart. We are generally not rooting for armageddon. There is a code of honoring bar tabs and not kicking even bastards in the slats when they are down.

And I am a political writer and not immune to the zeitgeist, so why don’t I carve into this still-wriggling corpus and see what political wisdom may be extracted? (Let’s get it down first. And maybe a kick to the slats? And while we are here, a shiv and that lever. Thank you.)

Those of us living in consentual Realityville should agree that the government shutdown over the ACA and subsequent debt ceiling threat were quixotic and futile errors that cost real money and real political capital with independents and moderates—regardless of the happy faces that the multiple culprits want to pull over it. Smiling Jack Kingston, Republican of GA, has gone so far as to consider the shutdown a quest to re-establish the Republican brand.  That’s very good, isn’t it? A possible economic meltdown tipped off by a misinformed paranoia over a law that was passed three years ago now suffices for a defining moment for what was the party of Lincoln. May I suggest that sounds small? If Republicans want to be a party that can be drowned in a bathtub, they can be my guest, since they already have members that could be drowned looking up at the rain.

But that doesn’t stop new Tea Party posterboy Ted Cruz and Action Sideburns Matt Kibbe of the morally and financially bankrupt FreedomWorks from considering this to be “Winning”. Because there is a segment of the base that would love to bankroll the kinds of politicians who would do this all over again. And will funnel that checkbook destructionism through all the right “grassroots” wallets, u betcha. And if any “squishes” want to be killjoys and stop the shutdown/debt-ceiling threat party from happening again?

PShaw! The answer will be primaries. Who loves primaries?

No normal incumbent wants to be primaried. So primaries are beloved of the outsider-bullshit artist. Sarah Palin, for example, has endorsed primaries for Kelly Ayotte and Marco Rubio over possible support for an immigration bill, and seems supportive of challenges to Sens McConnell, Graham, Alexander, and even Thad freaking Cochran. And yet Ted Cruz, recently ensconced in his seat, also thinks primaries are just aces.  Because if they say elections have consequences, then it must follow that one’s job-performance has elections as a consequence, no?

But the answer is “Yes” and the reason why is money, and here is the Hipster Hirsute Hotness of the Recently Dickless Army to tell us why:

The CEO of the nearly bankrupt tea party PAC FreedomWorks, Matt Kibbe believes that the Republican Party is facing “a real possibility” of a schism within its ranks.According to Talking Points Memo, Kibbe made the remarks in an interview with CSPAN, in which he said that if the party loses in the 2016 elections it could well split into hostile factions, “a moderate party and a conservative party.”

“I think that’s a real possibility because you’re seeing this clash between the new generation and — to me, it’s not just the old wing of the Republican Party versus the new wing — you’re really seeing a disintermediation in politics. It’s already happened with the Democratic Party,” Kibbe said. “It’s happening with the Republican Party now. And grassroots activists have an ability to self-organize, to fund candidates they’re more interested in, going right around the Republican National Committee and senatorial committee.”

I love that word—“disintermedition”. I like the context in general of a decentralization and greater grassroots participation in politics as a part of my desperate love of democracy. I think the Occupy movement, for example,  definitely helped with focusing on real-people issues and straight language that addressed what we need our representatives in government to do.

But the actual meaning of the term “disintermediation” is derived from finance and means “without brokers”. Essentially, he’s saying that the national Republican party no longer acts as a consortium for candidate sponsorship, and that various modern mechanisms allow for purchase of meatpuppets for office, on the direct market.  No third parties are needed at all.  Just like I suggested that McConnell wanted a sugar daddy to further his five term incumbency, it’s obvious that the ideal conservative future is the result of a kind of heavily-sponsored demolition derby, where one battered poitical carcass limps across a primary finish line to face—

A machine Democratic candidate we’re conditioned to like more than them?

Yep. Even that. I do not know how to address the Republican verge towards apealing to the more white and more right. I don’t care. I just think the party, as currently constituted, is bound to lose more and become more prone to futile gimmick, minority party hijinks.

Also, so long as the Tea Party is not ditched, they lose by attrition, as the social conservative mores are more exclusively a senior joint. And the racialist politics are challenged by changing demographics.

In other words, they have self-made problems I have no interest in trying to untwist, so long as they exclude whole segments of the population—by philosophical design.

I have no advice. If they persist in religious bigotry and racism, they deserve all the fail.  If they repudiate science and technological advancement, they deserve all the fail. And if they think corporate sponsorship is even for a minute about freedom, not privilege, again—that is fail.

I have high hopes for taking back the House. I do not think it is irrational exuberance. I just think the GOP is that disorganized right now, and I am glad of it.

(X-posted at Strangely Blogged.)

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THIS—-> “If Republicans want to be a party that can be drowned in a bathtub, they can be my guest, since they already have members that could be drowned looking up at the rain.”

Also on “disintermediation”; maybe because I have a case of benign (sometimes even amusing) dyslexia, I notice that it contains a word it doesn’t know about, “disinter”, which suggests zombies, which makes me think of Ted Cruz commanding his legions of the Undead into a Forlorn Hope charge as bits and pieces of old flesh drop from their bodies, and I think that sounds like we win.

I have high hopes for taking back the House. I do not think it is irrational exuberance. I just think the GOP is that disorganized right now, and I am glad of it.

A year is a long time in the memory of typical voters so a lot depends on how much the Rethugs continue to screw up between now and then.  The schism-y thing that’s going on can only help.  I plan to sit on the sidelines and root for injuries.

These are people who do not believe in evolution blithely marching to extinction.  They will not suffer and the species will be better for it.

@marindenver—one of the things that gives me hope is the design of the CR and debt limit agreement just recently decided upon, that puts these issues up for possible hostage-taking to appeal to the yokels yet again in January & Febuary, just in time to impact GOP primaries. The sensible thing would be to refrain from making it an issue, in the following fashion:

a) Puff oneself up as if draped with an imaginary US flag.

b) Point out that the US is not, in fact, a deadbeat nation., and that, as a patriot, one has no intention for it to become one,

c) And further iterate that one is shocked, shocked,, that one’s opponent does not undertand the power of a symbolic vote against the tyranny of Obama, and instead literally believes that a debt default should be entertained,

d) Because that is not at all fiscal conservatism, but the utter height of wanton noobery. And as such, the primary challenger and his/her reckless charges should be dismissed,

e) Because one is a true conservative if one does what is prudent and reasonable, so there.

We will just see if any cons figure this particular method out of their ideological trap. Otherwise they will attempt the whole schmear again, this time playing chicken against Democratic resistance with primary challengers egging them on to further heights of stupidity.

They can’t be that dumb, can they? (But perhaps, I suggest the answer to my own question.)

Apparently Jeb Bush and a few others of the oligarch wing think they are that dumb; I see this morning where he is advocating “self restraint” by the GOP reps in battling Obamacare.  Rod Dreher has written that he almost wanted to the GOP to lose the house so “we can get rid of these nuts”. 

It looks to me like Dr. Frankenstein has grown aware that the monster he’s created is not nice for the country and the rich people living in it.

I have no words to express how much I hated Wailing Palin and Ted Spews trying to cash in on Vets during the shut down, while saying the Dems were doing it.

They have no shame or love for America.  They just care about themselves.

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