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The Great Right Hope

Updated on July 4, 2011

All They Have Left?

Rick Santorum's decision to throw his proverbial hat into the 2012 Republican ring did little more than further tip that field to the Right. When someone like Milt Romney is the most moderate candidate, that should say a lot. I'd actually like to someone like a Rudy Giuliani make a challenge, mainly to show how out of step much of the GOP is with an America that is becoming more diverse, tolerant and urban. Of course, those moderates are becoming harder and harder to find among the ranks of the GOP. The Party has become dominated by religious and free-market fundamentalists, Second Amendment absolutists, neo-Imperialists, and even neo-Confederates.

But that seems to be lost on the GOP leadership, which seems has ceded it's power to folks like Beck and Limbaugh and interested like the Koch Brothers. Their refusal to truly confront the rhetoric of the 'Tea Party', likely because they represent what is left of that party's 'base'. Those who still live in fear of the 'other'; be them Latino, African-American, Muslim, or Homosexual or Bisexual. Those folks who somehow believe that giving more power to corporations and their CEO's is somehow going to improve their situation.

Of course, the GOP can't seem to realize that people are waking up. From Wisconsin, to Ohio, to Michigan and most recently Florida, citizens are seeing what they voted in, or allowed to be voted in. More like the Patriots than the 'Tea Party' could ever claim to be, they're organizing, and they'll likely be the major contributors to the 2012 Democratic 'Ground Game'.

But the GOP will keep looking right. Believing what they hear from FOX News, and letting the Koch Brother's set the party's agenda. Romney will likely have to shift further to the right to appease the Tea Party and the corporate money that goes with it, Obama will need merely play to the center and win a second term.

If I'm wrong, I have a cousin in Europe who might be able to help me out. Or I could start readying for the resistance that may follow.


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      Rand Zacharias 6 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

      She's stuck in the 1860's. Why her and Santorum can't figure out that white folk shouldn't be talkin' bout Black Oppression in any time period is beyond me.

      She's trying to rewrite history, and he's just stupid. Signing a "Wedding Vow" contract with some fringe group and then having CNN out them on bad history?

      These folks aren't even in stride for any kind of politicking and you have to wonder...who the hell is running the campaigns of any of these idiots? Do some research; don't sign every piece of paper put in front of you; sign up some real staffers that know how to cover your reputation.

      This group of Republicans should go back to Iowa, because all of them are going to end up seeing their Waterloo. Just like Napoleon.

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      Mimi721wis 6 years ago

      The GOP has painted themselves in a corner. It seems the tea party has John Boehner by his b@lls and they are applying pressure. I can't see why Newt Gingrinch is still in the race. Finally who would have ever thought Michele Bachmann's campaign would have taken off the way it has. She will never win. She's stuck in the 60's. Great hub.

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      Harvey Stelman 6 years ago from Illinois

      But Tea, you never mentioned Jackson or Sharpton. Every Party has idiots that people follow. I wouldn't put a former Governor or Senator with the above. Our system is great, because anyone has the right to try. H

      P.S. I'm even following you. So please no longer tell me I only look at one side.

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      Rand Zacharias 6 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

      One need only look so far right as to see pundits like Anne Coulter, Beck and Limbaugh and know that the Right is wrong.

      I feel for the Republican party as the individualistic, hard-working ideals of this party are no longer a part of their "mob" think.

      Coulter's new book, "Demonic" accuses the Left of thinking like a mob, but she completely misses the application of this lesson in her own one-trick pony party.

      If the Republicans actually modified their tone, moved to the center and started thinking about what America needs, because white is no longer right, well whites may be Right, but they aren't accurate in their understanding of what America has become.

      The idea of "melting pot," "red-blooded, average white American kids," and "Mom's apple pie" are ideologies of the past. America has become much like her northern neighbor, Canada--a "mixing pot." In the pot, people maintain their ethnic cultures and become loyal to adopted homeland--but they don't lose their core ethnicity. They are Latinos, Italians, Germans, Greeks, Africans, Russians, etc...but they are also huge slices of the American pie.

      Until the old school, racist rhetoric removes the dominant fear of a mythical terrorizing Islamist movement (who hardly exist anymore--they are a tiny, tiny minority), America will not move ahead in the eyes of the world.

      The Republicans won't comprehend this until they get out of their own sandbox and learn to play with the rest of the planet. Putting away guns, and stopping the bleeding of funds to countries disloyal to American goals is but a start.

      We should remember that carrying a big stick doesn't necessarily mean having to use it--that just angers the parties, often times innocents, being beaten with said stick.

      Obama shouldn't worry unless the economy doesn't shape up, but his task, after the worst presidential spending decision points of the last Republican candidate have even Reagan turning in his grave, was dauntingly monolithic.

      It shouldn't be expected that economic issues could be cleaned up in four years--especially when healthcare issues took such a huge amount of political effort two years ago.

      The likes of Palin, Romney and Santorum won't be much but fodder for left-wing pundits like Bill Maher--it'll be more comedic immaturity and mixed messages from the right who have lost all understanding of the term, "being centered."

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      LRCBlogger 6 years ago

      I was making the same point earlier, Romney is actual the moderate candidate. If Reagan were running today in the GOP party, he'd be branded a liberal.

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      PETER LUMETTA 6 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      I think the GOP is at its limits. If they go any further to the right they will be on the left. Maybe that is their intent. After all that is where China is residing now. They must love China, they have all that gold and just make desenters dissappear, now wouldn't that be special. Good HUB, Peter

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      Fay Paxton 6 years ago

      Let them keep on looking right. I say bring them all on...The Donald, Rudy, Sarah and all the rest. I agree with Schneider...I also believe they will do whatever they can to see that the economy does not recover.

      When they said they wanted President Obama to fail they meant it.


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      TeaPartyCrasher 6 years ago from Camp Hill, PA


      And I'd not be surprised to see them try to extend the slide.

      Folks like Stump wouldn't see it that way, but hopefully enough of America would.

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      Howard Schneider 6 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      I hope the GOP keeps looking Right TeaPartyCrasher. The further Right the better. The only thing that can save them from a crushing defeat is the economy continues to slide. Great Hub.

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      Stump Parrish 6 years ago from Don't have a clue, I'm lost.

      Trump explains it pretty clearly in this video.

      If the link doesn't work the video can be watched here.