“I don’t care what they do.”–John Boehner
I believe Paul Krugman named the GOP the “Stupid Party.” Krugman was probably thinking of some politicians’ wacko views on Economics. I can see why. Tom Reed, who is not an economist, claimed that he could tell at a glance that everything Paul Krugman ever wrote is wrong. Reed likes to say that children will someday have to pay back the national debt. When pressed, he admits that has never happened and won’t, but he goes right on saying it again and again.
Republicans know that opposition to immigration reform is killing them at the polls. They would like to solve this problem, but can’t. Whenever they try, Fox leads an off-key chorus singing “No Amnesty,” which agitates their base.
Republicans know that opposition to family planning hurts them, but if they relax their hard line, the base erupts:
- Prospective GOP Presidential candidate Rick Santorum says that contraception is wrong.
- Failed GOP Senate candidate Todd Aiken takes back his apology reaffirming his theory of “legitimate rape,” rubbing salt in the GOP’s wounds.
- Republicans can’t drop their die-hard opposition to Obamacare, which serves the needs of more and more Americans.
- Republicans complain about illegal immigrants, but refuse President Obama’s request for needed funds.
- Republicans complain about deficit spending, but appropriate even more money for Defense than the Pentagon wants.
- Republicans block a much-needed increase in the minimum wage.
- Republicans block common-sense firearm regulations favored by an overwhelming majority of Americans.
Krugman’s charge rings true: the GOP deserves to be known as the stupid party. However, the GOP could change for the better. As Leonard Pitts noted in his column titled “Aiken’s back, talking rape again” there may be as many as four adults left in the GOP. If they would purge the wackos, they might hope to recover some of their lost respectability at least among the gullible.
© William Hungerford – July 2014