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?