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Why It Is Hard To Be A Republican Today

June 26, 2016

Those in this home absolutely loved The Newsroom, an HBO knock-out series.

In the season 2 finale anchorman Will McAvoy, a self-reported Republican, is being challenged on air by Taylor Warren, the former media spokeswoman for the Mitt Romney campaign.  It’s election night, 2012.  The election had just been called for President Obama.  After a bit of banter, Ms. Warren asks Mr. McAvoy the following question:

Do you call yourself a Republican so you can make a claim to credibility when you attack the GOP?

He responds thusly:

No, I call myself a Republican because I am one. I believe in market solutions and common sense realities and the necessity to defend ourselves against a dangerous world and that’s about it.

The problem is now I have to be homophobic.   I have to count the number to times people go to church. I have to deny facts and think scientific research is a long con. I have to think poor people are getting a sweet ride. And I have to have such a stunning inferiority complex that I fear education and intellect…in the 21st century. But most of all, the biggest new requirement, really the only requirement is that I have to hate Democrats. And I have to hate Chris Christie for not spitting on the president when he got off of Air Force One.

The two-party system is crucial to the whole operation.  There is honor in being the loyal opposition. And I’m a Republican for the same reasons you are.

The reason I post this today is due to my long running belief that a strong two party system is vital to the working of this nation.  I have stated that many times on this blog.  But what has happened to the GOP in the last decade has been simply a national embarrassment.  They can not work among themselves and clearly unable to work with others for the sake of governing.   The brash red-meat crowd who shun ideas and facts in favor of rancor, meanness, and now vulgarity have undermined their party and made themselves a laughingstock in this country.

Like so many other times on CP I urge the mature and reasoned voices in the party to find new ways to communicate ideas and rise above the lowest in their party.  They need to do this not only for the sake of the Republican Party but also for the governing role that is needed in a nation where two political parties are the way this system works.

 

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 26, 2016 1:43 PM

    Excellent article. Thanks, Evelyn!

    “As Republicans have increasingly become post-policy, the old conservative vs liberal arguments aren’t much in play this election. That is obvious in the presidential contest. But it is also true in House/Senate races – even if the candidates themselves won’t acknowledge it. Electing Republicans means supporting a party that isn’t interested in governing and is resigned to lose/lose if that is what it takes to stop Democrats from doing so.”

  2. Evelyn permalink
    June 26, 2016 1:05 PM

    You may enjoy this take by Nancy LeTourneau
    http://washingtonmonthly.com/2016/06/22/what-happens-when-one-party-doesnt-care-about-governing/

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