Charles Blow wrote in The New York Times yesterday about the problem posed by misinformation machines like Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota. Bachmann is a symptom of the disease the GOP is suffering from post a second thumping defeat in a presidential election. Blow, via the Pew Research Center’s Andrew Kohut, is spot on in his analysis that the GOP today is in the same place the Democrats were in back in 1973:

Andrew Kohut, the founding director of the Pew Research Center, pointed out in The Washington Post on Friday that the party’s ratings “now stand at a 20-year low,” and that is in part because “the outsize influence of hard-line elements in the party base is doing to the G.O.P. what supporters of Gene McCarthy and George McGovern did to the Democratic Party in the late 1960s and early 1970s — radicalizing its image and standing in the way of its revitalization.”

This was the quote that tied the Blow piece together for me, but it doesn’t come close to scratching the surface of a solution set to the GOP’s problem with those who have driven drunk on ideological purity past the exit for Conservatism, ignored the road washed out signs and are heading on the long journey toward political illegitimacy in a car called Reactionary. The quote from the Kohut article in the Washington Post that rings truest was that the Democrats in 1973 were branded as the party of “acid, abortion and amnesty.” Now the GOP has been, by its insistence on demagoguery over details and purity of ideology over the people and their needs, has become, to many Americans the party of “Religion, rifles and returning to the 1950s.”Someone call the alliteration police, please.


The solution for the GOP is the same solution the Democrats used to win in 1976. They found an honest man who could hold the place in the White House for four years. But for the economy and foreign policy failure in Iran James Earl Carter Jr would have been a two term president. Carter may be forgotten as a president in one hundred years or so cast into the same bin of “oh those guys” where Millard Fillmore and James Garfield reside, but he really shouldn’t be. Carter, being a Southern governor forced the GOP into an alliance that was backward looking rather than forward thinking. To get the White House back and to appear more appealing to the conservatives still feeling stung by the crimes of Richard Nixon the GOP establishment made what is the closest thing politically to making a deal with the Devil– they got in bed with fundamentalism in the form of the Moral Majority.

Unbeknownst to conservatives at the time The Moral Majority was literally the very last gasp of power for the Christian Right in America despite Falwell’s famous quote as the organization disbanded in 1989:

“Our goal has been achieved . . . The religious right is solidly in place and . . . religious conservatives in America are now in for the duration.”

Governor Chris Christie

What the GOP needs now is what Carter gave the Democrats in 1976, a foothold in the backyard of the opposition. The Right cannot continue to become more and more reactionary nor can they copycat history by running a black candidate for the sake of the “we’re inclusive!” award for 2016. The GOP needs an urban and urbane leader for the Northeast and that man is New Jersey Govern or Chris Christie. For the GOP to nominate anyone other than Christie might be that last effort to give the Grand Old Party a defibrillator jolt back to life–even if Christie is a one term president due to circumstances beyond his control. There will have to be a genuine outreach to blacks and Latinos and the GLBTQ community for there ever to be a GOP president elected. I even have doubts if Governor Christie could beat Clinton or even Biden in 2016. But I’ll end with the same question that the Carter campaign asked the American people in 1976, “America, why not the best?”

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Sarah Bloch, D.S.V.J., J.F., O.Q.H [Jur.]
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