Martin Longman wrote a very interesting article, The Racist and Spineless GOP. In the Republicans’ effort to never be asked a difficult question, they’ve canceled their upcoming debates. Ted Cruz wants “real journalists” like Rush Limbaugh to moderate the debates. You can see how the establishment Republicans would hate this. There is already a big tendency for these clowns to push far to the right. What is a series of debates pandering to Sean Hannity going to do?
But one of the debates that the Republicans have canceled is with Telemundo. Not just that. It was the first debate that they canceled. It’s so impressive. After the 2012 defeat, the Republican Party was united in thinking that it had to reach out to Latino voters. What’s more, since that time, the conventional wisdom is that the only way to win the White House now is to win the Latino vote. But the Republicans are turning in on themselves. They want to talk only to themselves — only to other old white people. It’s quite amazing to think about, because clearly the Republicans already have the angry old white person vote wrapped up.
It’s kind of like all they care about is winning the Fox News primary. It’s parochial. And there really is nothing wrong with that. You are, after all, reading a liberal blog. And you are probably a liberal. There is a lot to be said for creating safe spaces where like minded people can work out what they think. But it is strange to see this happening with professional politicians who we would think would have that sorted out. And it is downright bizarre coming from people who are running for president. That is about as grand a scale that you can run on.
It seems that they aren’t interested in winning the general election. Marco Rubio, for one, has a lot of skeletons in his closet. But the Republicans seem to think that they can just ignore this and that the Democrats will not mention it in the general election. I was writing about this last month, Democrats Would Get Rid of Hillary Clinton If They Thought There Was a Scandal. But that is something I wonder about. Republicans seem to think that the Democrats are protecting Hillary Clinton. Could it be that they are just that clueless? That they don’t understand how elections work and that getting the nomination means nothing if you nominate a candidate who will be destroyed in the general election?
Of course, what’s happening is that the Republican Party has lost control of the nominating contest. Certainly someone like Reince Priebus understands how this is supposed to work. But the candidates don’t seem to understand it. And they are the result of the steady dumbing down of the Republican base. And that is the result of the very Republican elites who Priebus represents as they’ve made decisions over the years to just keep the party going one more election cycle. Now they have voters who want the impossible. And candidates who don’t understand how to win a national election. I’m glad to see it. Maybe the Republican Party can’t even win the White House in a year where the economic fundamentals are in their favor. The Republicans really are self-destructing before our eyes.