There's a new chairman of the Republican Party, Michael Steele. The Republican hope to show how different they are from the Democrats by copying them. The Democrats have a black guy who claims to be a moderate, so the Republicans picked a black guy (who in the context of the Republicans) claims to be a moderate. Let me guess -- he will start talking about hope and change. I'm not sure they are going to be able to change the minds of people like the ones who made this video. Oops, here's a hit piece already.
Note that a significant minority (vote was 96-77) of RNC voters backed his opponent, Ken Blackwell, a member of white-only country clubs and who, in an interview, stated he entered politics because he resented the federal government’s forced integration of the South.
Here's another perspective: GOP: Some Old Dogs Have No Tricks. More here: RNC Hangover.
Besides, we all know who the real leader of the GOP is: Rush Limbaugh. Limbaugh Cracks the Whip, and Republicans Get in Line. More here. And here. Quote: "The real leader of the Republican Party in America today is a corpulent drug addict with an AM radio talk show, Rush Limbaugh."
But what about Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell? Who? Exactly.
An article from a couple of days ago had him talking "change". And about a return to Republican principles. I always find talk about a "return to principles" from Republicans amusing. First, if they were really principles, then why are they always having to return to them? Second, what principles are we talking about? Let's take a look at some planks from the Texas Republican Party. These are all from the 2008 Texas GOP platform found here:
- We urge the Legislature to rescind no–fault divorce laws. We support Covenant Marriage.
- We support legislation that would make it a felony to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple and for any civil official to perform a marriage ceremony for such.
- Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God, recognized by our country’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans.
- We oppose the replacement of textbooks by laptops.
- We support objective teaching and equal treatment of strengths and weaknesses of scientific theories, including Intelligent Design.
- We pledge our influence toward a return to the original intent of the First Amendment and toward dispelling the myth of separation of church and state.
- We urge that the IRS be abolished and the Sixteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution be repealed.
- We favor abolishing property taxes.
- We believe the Minimum Wage Law should be repealed.
- We believe it is in the best interest of the citizens of the United States that we immediately rescind our membership in, as well as all financial and military contributions to, the United Nations.
So we have this nonsense on one hand, and on the other, the actual behavior of the Republicans while they were in office. Here's the real principles of the Republicans: corruption, fiscal irresponsibility, poor management, government expansion, poor handling of the Iraq war and foreign affairs in general, and funneling tax dollars to their supporters.
Just like the Democrats, with the main difference being the group who gets to feed at the government trough.
Don't think people don't notice: GOP decline
So the ultra-wealthy remain loyal to the Republican Party. So do hard-core fundamentalists, along with many militarists. But America as a whole has turned strongly against the GOP. Released Wednesday, a new Gallup Poll of 350,000 people concluded:Looking at their "principles" and their performance, it's no wonder.
"The political landscape of the United States has clearly shifted in the Democratic direction. That dramatic turnaround is clearly an outgrowth of Americans' dissatisfaction with the way the Republicans (in particular, President George W. Bush) governed the country."
At the same time, two new polls by NBC and the Pew Research Center found that Americans now prefer the Democratic Party by huge margins, almost 2-to-1 in most regions.
An excellent Whig analysis of the situation from Whigs in Virginia: Steele, Limbaugh highlight GOP splinter. An excerpt:
So if the Republicans continue their freefall, Obama maintains his allure, Democrats don't destroy themselves, and outside forces such as maintream Whigs and Constitution Party theocrats gain influence among these various ends of the GOP, we may very well have the end of this party as we know it.