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The Republican Party Reapers, Hannity,Limbaugh,Morris,Luntz.

Updated on August 29, 2016

These four characters are inflicting irreversible damage to the Republican Party.

As the November elections continue to get closer, these four characters are inflicting irreversible damage to the Republican Party that goes well beyond the presidential election.They are literally destroying the Republican Party as a political party able to win a presidential election.This process began with the nomination of John Mc Cain as the republican nominee for the 2008 election.John Mc Cain, a moderate republican was fiercely opposed by the extremist wing of the Party that was starting to gain strength within the base and staging a vociferous revolt against the establishment ,and the moderates and even liberals that still existed in the GOP .Their power grew even more with the gamechange move made by Mc Cain in chosing Sarah Palin as his running mate.The candidate who had been a moderate republican able to work with democrats in the senate in a bi partisan manner was forced to abandon many of his previous positions as he did on immigration and move far right to appease his detractors and unify the party towards the presidential election.Mc Cain lost the election because of many reasons, the gamechange move backfired since Sarah Palin was great for the base but was also obviously not ready for primetime, he lost much of the hispanic vote Bush had due to his abandonment of comprehensive immigration reform and his move towards what is seen as anti hispanic policies, and because the economy was crumbling not only here in the US but also potentially the world over, the party in power would inevitably be blamed and it is hard to imagine how he could have won the election against any Democratic candidate.And here is where the disaster unraveled. The republican establishment was unable to take the reigns back and articulate why the election was lost, they simply went into hiding and allowed for the tea partiers and the extremists to become the sole rulers of the base and the party at the same time as they were being instigated and aroused by the people that make up the title of this article.

Rush Limbaugh

And here comes Romney obtaining a Pirric victory in the primaries

Just as it had happened four years ago in the case of John Mc Cain,Romney who had certainly not been an extreme conservative was forced to move so far to the right in order to win the peimaries that when these were over he had lost any possibility of triangulating or move to the center as it has always been necessary to win a national election. And so he became the candidate of the twenty million or so Rush Limbaugh/Sean Hannity audience.These people make up the majority within the republican party base but are a minority compared to the voting population of the country,a country that is arguably center right in its majority, , but with an emphasis on the "center " part of that which the extremists fail to realize , because of their ideological isolation and their preaching to the choir.And as reality begins to show them that whole voting blocks are abandoning them left and right , what do these geniuses of political strategy start calling for?They argue the party must keep moving further to the right wherever possible which is not much , or stand their ground where they'll fall off the map if they move any further. And how do they articulate these views?I'll explain next........

First is Frank Luntz's foolish theory

He is convinced and has convinced the simpletons that run the party that political victories can be achieved merely and solely through the skillful use of words and language.His theory is based on some successes obtained by republicans in certain particular instance, for example using the words energy exploration instead of oil drilling and death tax instead of estate tax.He believes this will extrapolate to an entire political campaign and victory can be achieved by using the right words and language no matter how lousy a campaigner your candidate is. Reality is showing us otherwise.

Dick Morris is a little bit of a mystery to me.

Sometimes I wonder if he may be a Clinton undercover agent or a mole.Only because he is extremely intelligent has great political knowledge and the capability of seeing the political events and reality better than most strategists and analysts.So i have come to the conclusion that the reason he is driving the republicans straight to the political abyss is because he just doesn't care that they'll lose the election and disappear as a viable party. There has to be only one thing on his mind, to sell books to the same twenty million Hannity/Limbaugh audience we mentioned before.He is whipping out several books every year and making a fortune with it.And his online business is also bringing him some pretty hefty dough.

Dick Morris

Sean Hannity has turned into a caricature of himself

I started listening to Sean Hannity about twelve years ago, I still listen to him , but it is not possible to listen to him for long periods of time any more.He has morphed into a caricature of the person he was .His used to be a very entertaining and varied show. he was always a conservative but he was able to carry on a conversation and talk about different topics.Not any more, he is unable to go a few seconds without ranting and raving against anything and everything democrat.Sean is as he always says is more of a conservative than a republican,so I guess in the back of his mind if the republican party goes by the way side maybe a true national conservative party will emerge as an alternative to the democratic party which for him it's a positive outcome.

The right wing talk shows.

Rush Limbaugh the present day KING maker.

What to say about Rush,he is the king of talk radio, and at this particular moment in time a de facto ruler of the republican party.Rush says who is or is not worthy of being a true republican , and if he deems you a RINO it's time for you to consider a career change.The base of the republican party and the tea party take their marching orders from the midday mogul, and his ego is so large that whether Romney wins or loses is a minor consideration compared to the fact that the Rush Limbaugh show continues to be number one in the ratings.


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    • mio cid profile imageAUTHOR

      mio cid 

      6 years ago from Uruguay

      they both lie you're right about that,that's why the choice is always between the lesser of to evils.thks for the comment.don't be a stranger.greetings.

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      Laura Izett-Irwin 

      6 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Republicans lie. Democrats lie. End of story. If lying is to make our decision on a party, there is no decision. They both do it. The moral of the story don't listen to these guys- they're extremists. But then we need to shut off our mainstream media as well because it's tainted with lies as well.

    • mio cid profile imageAUTHOR

      mio cid 

      7 years ago from Uruguay

      Kramar ,thanks for commenting,The right wing extremist loon is a minority,but it is a very uniform,very well funded, and very prominent minority,which allowed them to rule the republican party and bully the rest of the party into silence. just now after the presidential defeat are some voices starting to stand up to the bigots and the racists.But I think the republican party is indispensable to our democratic system,we need more democratic options not less,it is not good for the country these people are destroying the GOP.

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      Snarky Babbler 

      7 years ago from USA

      It is actually quite unbelievable that people actually believe the poison that spews forth from the mouths of those bigots. What is even more amazing is that so many conservatives refuse to repute them. You are absolutely right about how they are killing the republican party. That may be a good thing. Unless they can get their ideas together, republicans servew no useful purpose.

    • mio cid profile imageAUTHOR

      mio cid 

      8 years ago from Uruguay

      I agree you make some good and reasonable points but in the real world of politics that is not how it's functioning now,it takes two to tango, and if one of the two parties is focused on defeating the political foe no matter what,whichever that side is the other one will respond the same way. If you are as in my case an illegal alien , than my team is the democrat party and i could never vote republican,If i'm an executive at a major corporation i will contribute to my team the republican party because they will keep more money in my pocket.Historically democrats and republicans searched for that middle ground wher they could reach agreements, but now the republican party is held hostage by intransigent , extreme,dogmatic, not interested in any agreement teaparty types so it is very difficult to compromise.

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      8 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      Now see, thats part of the problem. Too many folks think of politics as 'whose side are you on anyway?'. It isn't a game, and it's not about winning. Its about having a governance system that enables us to do what is right for the people collectively, and for the States collectively; in a fair and equitable way.

      As long as we keep thinking 'win at any cost' (as many do in games) it won't change, and the country as a whole suffers for it.

    • mio cid profile imageAUTHOR

      mio cid 

      8 years ago from Uruguay

      You are right to a certain extent , but since i love politics in the same way other people love sports, i just keep rooting for my team and hope for it to have a great game.

    • joer4x4 profile image


      8 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      I gave up a while back and I'm pretty sure these and the rest of the talking heads don't get it. It's about them just like the two parties.

      I don't care who wins because nothing will change. There will be more regulation to protect big business, the Fed will do what it wants, and taxes will increase.

      The system will be milked until it collapses and all the politicians and talking heads will be fine while the people pay the price once again.

    • mio cid profile imageAUTHOR

      mio cid 

      8 years ago from Uruguay

      you make some good points, democracy is the only system that can be improved to the benefit of all,and I believe political parties have a role in the democratic process.thks for stopping by.

    • FitnezzJim profile image


      8 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      I'm all for doing whatever is need to undo both the Democrat and Republican parties. Partisan politics is destroying the country, and it is time to advance forwards to a more sophisticated concept, a balanced representation of the People and the States, with a justice system not controlled by partisan viewpoints.

    • mio cid profile imageAUTHOR

      mio cid 

      8 years ago from Uruguay

      I guess you're right all these people are great at playing blindly follow the leader.

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      Curious George 

      8 years ago

      These are the major culprits, but let's not forget the next level of collaborators like,Mark Levine,Ann Coulter,Glenn Beck,Michael Savage, Hugh Hewitt,Bob Grant,Laura Ingraham ,Michelle Malkin, they are also helping to chip away at the Grand Old Party.

    • mio cid profile imageAUTHOR

      mio cid 

      8 years ago from Uruguay

      Well for that to happen the sane, adult republicans would have to stand up to the right wing extremist bullies and state loud and clear the reason their party is disintegrating is because it was hijacked by the right wing loons and expelled everybody who wasn't in lockstep with your royal highness , supreme leader,and never enough worshiped lovable little fuzz ball.

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      Lee Raynor 

      8 years ago from Citra Florida

      Once upon a time when Rush was new and Reagan in power I used to vote for Republicans. Then I was challenged on my belief in Rush so I started fact checking. Oops, you need faith not facts.

      I hope that if Repubs lose big this year they might return to reality, push out their extremist Tea Partiers, and offer something new. Doesn't seem likely

    • mio cid profile imageAUTHOR

      mio cid 

      8 years ago from Uruguay

      thank you for reading and commenting,I usually too read and listen to more opinions i disagree with than agree, so i totally understand your view .

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      Rodric Anthony 

      8 years ago from Surprise, Arizona

      I am not in agreement about your assessment, but I am glad you took a stab at it. Good article-opinion piece. Voted up because it kept my interest


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