There is less than 1,000 hours before the most dramatic civil war of our lifetime will start.
It will happen within the Republican Party once President Obama secures the 270 electoral votes needed for a second term.
There will be a gnashing of teeth and bitter recriminations that will make for headlines and video for many, many months.
It could not happen to a more deserving political party.
Some would say the Fort Sumter moment has already arrived.
There is no way the conservative movement can continue to make the Republican Party more freakishly fringy–think evolution, electrified fences, and contraception–and believe they have a role as a national party. There is no way the anti-immigrant wing of the conservative movement can think a smaller white party–consider the vast majority of Hispanics vote Democratic–can continue to be a national party.
Clearly there needs to be modernity within the GOP if they wish to continue with any chance of national victories. Some will trot out all sorts of ways a more conservative candidate would have been the answer this cycle, or will be in 2016.
Problem is those conservative candidates have to deal with an electorate that has many millions like me to contend with.
And we value science and diversity!
The blame game has already begun in some quarters. “There are a lot of elitist Republicans who have spent several years telling us Mitt Romney was the only electable Republican,” conservative blogger Erick Erickson wrote on Tuesday. “They conspired to shut out others, tear down others, and prop up Romney with the electability argument. He is now not winning against the second coming of Jimmy Carter. They know there will be many conservatives, should Mitt Romney lose, who will not be satisfied until every bridge is burned with these jerks, hopefully with the elitist jerks tied to the bridge as it burns.”
The schism within the Republican Party began during George W. Bush’s administration (“They think the conservative movement will give them a pass just as the movement did with No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, Harriet Miers, TARP, etc.,” Erickson added, ticking off Bush’s greatest hits). The tea party movement, with its antispending message, stood in contrast with Bush’s big-government conservatism, a virtual rebuke of party leadership, which the activist class believed had lost its way. If Romney loses, that rage at the establishment — Erickson’s “elites” — will only grow.