This is only a Preview!

You must Publish this diary to make this visible to the public,
or click 'Edit Diary' to make further changes first.

Posting a Diary Entry

Daily Kos welcomes blog articles from readers, known as diaries. The Intro section to a diary should be about three paragraphs long, and is required. The body section is optional, as is the poll, which can have 1 to 15 choices. Descriptive tags are also required to help others find your diary by subject; please don't use "cute" tags.

When you're ready, scroll down below the tags and click Save & Preview. You can edit your diary after it's published by clicking Edit Diary. Polls cannot be edited once they are published.

If this is your first time creating a Diary since the Ajax upgrade, before you enter any text below, please press Ctrl-F5 and then hold down the Shift Key and press your browser's Reload button to refresh its cache with the new script files.


  1. One diary daily maximum.
  2. Substantive diaries only. If you don't have at least three solid, original paragraphs, you should probably post a comment in an Open Thread.
  3. No repetitive diaries. Take a moment to ensure your topic hasn't been blogged (you can search for Stories and Diaries that already cover this topic), though fresh original analysis is always welcome.
  4. Use the "Body" textbox if your diary entry is longer than three paragraphs.
  5. Any images in your posts must be hosted by an approved image hosting service (one of: imageshack.us, photobucket.com, flickr.com, smugmug.com, allyoucanupload.com, picturetrail.com, mac.com, webshots.com, editgrid.com).
  6. Copying and pasting entire copyrighted works is prohibited. If you do quote something, keep it brief, always provide a link to the original source, and use the <blockquote> tags to clearly identify the quoted material. Violating this rule is grounds for immediate banning.
  7. Be civil. Do not "call out" other users by name in diary titles. Do not use profanity in diary titles. Don't write diaries whose main purpose is to deliberately inflame.
For the complete list of DailyKos diary guidelines, please click here.

Please begin with an informative title:

Well, it seems that election night did what our public education system (in some places) is not allowed to do, teach Republicans about evolution.  Evolution occurs when internal genetic mutations combine with external environmental factors to result in changes in the overall structure.  Let’s examine how Republicans have learned this hard truth over the past few days.


You must enter an Intro for your Diary Entry between 300 and 1150 characters long (that's approximately 50-175 words without any html or formatting markup).

External Factors

    First, let’s look at the external factors at work here.  Of course, the biggest event here is the “stunning” defeat in Tuesday’s election, which makes the voters the biggest external factor.  When your goal is to win elections, and you lose that many of them, it can be a significant motivator to change your previous behavior.  But, if we delve a little deeper, we can even point to more specific factors.  We are all already aware of these:  immigration policy, women’s rights, voter suppression efforts, economic issues, etc.  Reaction to Republican stances on these issues has been noticeable and organized.  The key word here is organized.  The voters who care most deeply about these issues came out en masse on Tuesday to vote against Republicans.   The Republicans interacted with their environment, and their inability to cope has brought them to the verge of extinction.

Internal Mutations

    The internal mutations here deal with Republican stances on some very important issues.  As previously stated, the issues are immigration, women’s rights, voter suppression, economic issues.  The Republican stances have mutated further and further to the right, so much so that the environmental circumstances are slowly driving them to extinction.  On immigration, Republicans have mutated from Saint Reagan’s amnesty policy to self-deportation, giant fences along the entire border with Mexico, and armed vigilantes meting out their own brand of justice along the border.  We need hardly probe into the Republican mutations on women’s rights.  Republicans have mutated from a policy of women simply performing “common women’s roles” to women not even having control over their own bodies anymore.  Republican mutations on voters went from covert gerrymandering of districts (which they still do) to overt statements about, and attempts at, discouraging people from voting.  Economically speaking, Republicans have mutated from simply advocating for economic policies that favor the rich to holding the rest of us hostage to achieve that end.  The internal mutations within the Republican Party are making it more difficult for them to survive in their current environment.

Changes in the Structure

    As a result of the external factors and the internal mutations of the Republican Party, evolution has occurred and changes have been made in the structure of the party itself.  Note these clear examples of Republican evolution:

•    Immigration

o    Before:  After signing the Immigration Reform and Control Act, Saint Reagan said, “The legalization provisions in this act will go far to improve the lives of a class of individuals who now must hide in the shadows, without access to many of the benefits of a free and open society. Very soon many of these men and women will be able to step into the sunlight and, ultimately, if they choose, they may become Americans.

o    After:  Today, Speaker Boehner said, “I’m confident that the president, myself, others can find the common ground to take care of this issue once and for all.

•    Women’s rights

o    Before:  Todd Akin said, “I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.”  (Or insert your favorite “Rape Advisory Chart” comment here.)

o    After:  Peggy Noonan, on Fox News after the election, “You cannot dodge, I think, the reality that the Republican Party has a woman problem.

•    Voter Suppression

o    Before:  Florida Governor Rick Scott restricted early voting days, shut down voter registration drives, and disenfranchised the felon vote, in addition to creating a four page long ballot that, in part, lead to long lines on Election Day.

o    After:  Newt Gingrich, after the election, “We were wrong.

•    Economic Issues

o    Before:  Mitch McConnell on Aug. 3, 2011, discussing the debt ceiling:  “it’s a hostage that’s worth ransoming

o    After: Speaker Boehner, in his statement after the election, “Because the American people expect us to find common ground, we are willing to accept some additional revenues, via tax reform.

Witness the Evolution!

    Of course, at this point it is only words, without action to back it up.  Stay tuned to see if the actions follow.  You may be witnessing the extinction of the Republican Party.

Extended (Optional)

Originally posted to South Florida Progressive on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 03:31 PM PST.

Also republished by Community Spotlight.

Your Email has been sent.