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September 23, 2012

The US Republicans have a core problem in a country that continues to divide ever more clearly into a nation of the rich and a nation of the poor. The problem is not contemporary conservatism's attempts to fuse anarchic free-market politics with traditional fixed values. It is the long term decline in public support, which means that there is not a Republican electoral majority.


Andrew Hacker in the New York Review of Books says that:

Since the close of Reconstruction, the GOP has been seen as the party of the top bosses—there’s really no other way to put it. Theirs is a long lineage of the one percent. So its candidates try to amass majorities by diversions ranging from race and firearms, to abortion and immigration. The party also makes a place for persons below the median in income who seek to enhance their status by allying with the well-to-do.

The GOP will need a surge of outside recruits if it hopes to win this year. Romney’s campaign has chosen to make the economy his principal plank, claiming that he brings talents for creating jobs.

Another strategy is Republicans realize that their best prospect for winning is to downsize the electorate, particularly people who have low incomes and are not white. Downsize here means to chop whole segments of the citizenry from the electoral rolls. They also have a financial edge and a majority on the Supreme Court.

Will that help to make up the GOP's decline in public support in a nation state where that all things bright and beautiful are associated with the word private whilst terminal squalor and toxic waste is associated with the word public? Money rules in the US and it lets fall into disrepair nearly all of the infrastructure—roads, water systems, schools, power plants, bridges, hospitals—that provides the country with the foundation of its common enterprise.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 3:59 PM | | Comments (3)


While the antics of Republicans appear almost comical at times to outsiders, we should never forget that Australian Liberals consider themselves the local counterparts and ideological soulmates of people like Newt Gingrich, Karl Rove and Richard Cheney. John Howard headed straight to the USA after his defeat and continues to bask in the admiration of the right-wing establishment there.

The most shocking thing about these people is their willingness to look you unblinkingly in the face and tell the most ridiculous lies. Their despicable performance over climate change and relations with the Muslim world are only the most outrageous of their crimes against truth and evidence-based reasoning. Sadly, even if Obama manages to scrape back into the White House, it's likely Republicans will continue their behaviour of the last four years and frustrate any attempts at coherent, constructive governance in the USA.

Ken - Tony Abbott also went straight to these right-wing loonies when he was recently in the USA. He gave a talk at the "Heritage" (lies, lies and more lies) Foundation.

And yes, All of the usual "conservative" suspects here in the land of Oz, and the UK too, are rooting for a GOP victory.

The problem causing their loss of popularity is exactly, the attempt to fuse the worst aspects of social conservatism with the worst aspects of neo liberalism.
Only the inbred morons in the red states can't seem to see through it.