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The Demise of the GOP
Who? What? When?
For a decade, the GOP has been trying to establish their support base by bringing in the anti-government extremists. They've finally succeeded, but at what cost? They have roughly a 50/50 "balance" of regular conservatives vs. the lunatic fringe, and that has caused deep divisions in the party. In fact, it has now cost them Speaker Boehner (whom I've gained a new respect for since he helped author the compromise agreement over Planned Parenthood to avoid a shut down) with no one to replace him. They can't agree on a Speaker, and nearly elected Kevin McCarthy for the position. Thankfully, they even scared him off, leading to the removal his name from consideration.
And, now, we have Paul Ryan turning the position down, forcing Mr. Boehner to stay until a replacement is found. Ryan's cop out quote: “Kevin McCarthy is the best person to lead the House, and so I’m disappointed in this decision. Now it is important that we, as a conference, take time to deliberate and seek new candidates for the speakership. While I am grateful for the encouragement I’ve received, I will not be a candidate. I continue to believe I can best serve the country and this conference as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.” They're all rats leaving a sinking ship.
The House Republican Caucus is in turmoil. No one can figure out which way to turn. The money-grubbers vs. the anti-government factions are ready to disown each other, and, the fact that Boehner will have to stay, possibly months longer than his original October 30th resignation date, bodes well for the Democrats, and, more importantly, the American people. They are digging their own deep grave, and many Republican voters are now stating that they will not be voting Republican this time. They're tired of the same baloney the rest of us are. The greed, obstructionism and inability to come up with one solid front, are leading more and more people to the Democratic Socialist camps. Couple that with the information being shared on the internet of the Scandinavian countries' success with Socialism, and an entirely new attitude is rising in the US. We can hope for a new tomorrow starting now.
Where Do We Go From Here?
Americans will have 18 poor excuses for presidential candidates on the Republican side. We have three (possibly) to choose from on the Democratic side. One who is more interested in gaining and wielding power in the form of Hillary Clinton. One who recently lost his son and isn't fully committed to a campaign as yet in Joe Biden, who I believe to be a better choice than Clinton. And then, you have Senator Sanders, who has the ideas to put us back on track. None of the loonie 18 will stand a chance against any of these candidates. Things are going to get back on track one way or another. One can only hope it's the best of three that win.