Do They Hear What I Hear?

Same Old Song?

Tomorrow, January 31st, the Florida GOP holds its primary. What was supposed to be a coronation for Mitt Romney has turned into something that resembles, for now, a true fight.

Now never mind that Newt Gingrich's rise should show how much power the extreme right wing of the GOP holds, the rhetoric that has come from this two-person battle has a lot to say about the state of the GOP.

The first thing is the barbs slung back and forth over Romney's work at Bain Capital, and Newt's work for Freddie Mac. To someone like me, these scream "%1". In a country where these may be a slow awakening to the reality of class distinctions. Hearing these two discuss their salries and taxes only to me adds to the message that both of these men would govern from and for those at the top of the economic ladder

The gaffes, mainly from Newt, about Latino's, etc, make another statement about the GOP. That the party needs to rely on the tactic of creating 'outgroups' to convince voters to vote against their economic interests. This is a common need, in my opinion, of many right-wing movememnts. Since at their core, they all have the desire of creating a corporate state. The masses need to be diverted and divided, lest they unite.

Of course, there's two other things at play. One, I rely on media that is outside the GOP 'echo chamber' of AM-Radio and its cable news affiliate. Second is that primaries are won by the 'base'; but what does that base say about the future of the GOP?

12 comments

Gusser 4 years ago

Newt & Romney are both Progressives. The right will not support them in Nov. Just a 2% decrease in GOP voter turnout ensures Obie's re-election. McSame had this same problem in 08. The GOP will become has beens because the party elite keep forcing Progressives to rise to power positions in their party.


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kateperez 4 years ago from pasadena, tx

"anyone but Obama" comes to mind... Second guessing an entire demographic is not the thing that any "expert" in this country should do.

It is ridiculous to presume that the past is not important, and it is ignorant to "presume" that someone in this country truly knows all others in this country... It's not the America of 1955 anymore.


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TeaPartyCrasher 4 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

I think it's the opposite, the GOP is losing ground because, despite what their media outlets say, they're becoming out of synch with an America that's becoming more diverse, tolerant and urban.


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Josak 4 years ago from variable

yeah well the GOP continues to be dragged kicking and screaming into the modern age as far as social politics are concerned, even if there are middle ages types like Santorum around.


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kateperez 4 years ago from pasadena, tx

I have to agree. I watched my candidate of choice fall because his "expert" campaign managers do not know what Americans have changed into.

It seems that the GOP is stuck in 1955, when political followers were white,short sleeve shirt and black tie men who were staunch Republicans because everyone can get ahead with good, hard work, yes-sir-ee!

I agree with the hard work premise, but you can't trust the government, and the GOP still believes we do.

Amazing!


Gusser 4 years ago

The 1950's were great years in America. Perhaps we need to return Government back to those days.


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Storytellersrus 4 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Romney won and good for Floridians- Gingrich illustrates just how far ego will go to vindicate self .

I will vote for Obama but Romney isn't a disaster.


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TeaPartyCrasher 4 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

Gusser:

As long as you were a White Male. Ask an African-American who grew up in Alabama at that time and you'll get a different story.

But that was also a time when the working class actually had some clout--something that the "%1" mouthpieces conveniently leave out.


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TeaPartyCrasher 4 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

Romney might be a biger disaster than many think--those 'SuperPACs' and their "%1" backers will be asking for payback.

And we'll be paying the price.


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kateperez 4 years ago from pasadena, tx

Not any different than those who are being paid back from the 2008 election.

Does it really matter WHO is the guy with all the donations? They ALL find it necessary to scratch the backs of their backers with our tax dollars.


Gusser 4 years ago

Wall Street backed Obie. Who get's all the bailout money? NOT the little guy who voted for him. Both Parties are Identical,DemoCANS are RepubliCRATS. The "99%" are just voters NOT money backers. You get nothing for your vote. Maybe it's time to wake up to that fact. Perhaps voting for a 3rd candidate isn't all bad. At least you've not been raped again by your party.


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TeaPartyCrasher 4 years ago from Camp Hill, PA Author

Gusser:

There'd need to be some structural changes to make that possible.

I did a hub on that called "A Third Way".

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