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Can the Republican Party reinvent itself and remain a relevant political force?

I don't think reinventing the Republican Party is a solution. The Republicans have to take responsibility for the mess we're in which began with Ronald Reagan's election and hop scotched from Bush to Bush presidencies leaving the country with a wrecked economy, 2 foreign wars, millions of illegal aliens, and astronomical debt.

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman wants to empower "radical centrists" to get the federal government's books to balance (among other things). He seems to believe that structural reforms to reduce the power of extreme liberals and conservatives would make budget-balancing possible. He touts nonpartisan redistricting, for example. Washington Post's Ramesh Ponnuru is for nonpartisan redistricting, too, for different reasons than Friedman.

How radical? Remember, the Military Industrial Complex is a multi-trillion dollar industry that can’t balance its books.

Who can balance the Pentagon’s books? IBM? Oracle? Microsoft? Quickbooks? Arthur Andersen? Listen closely to Rumsfeld. I think government will have to get even bigger in order to create a system of better accountability and transparency.

Could a radical centrist government approve the legislation to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the War on Terror in 90 days? Is an Iran with nuclear reactors a real problem for US? How much defense spending or spending reduction is necessary to balance the budget?

The Tea Party movement is embarrassing. The Movement appears to oppose big government because the Democrats were able to pass Healthcare reform with little or no help from the Republicans, but the Movement spokespersons have nothing to say about the bloated Military Industrial Complex that lost $2.3 trillion in 1 year and continues to spend millions by the minute.

Obama was the radical Democrat that was going bring about change. This is about as radical as it will get. Anything more radical would be insane. The Congress, both Republican and Democrat would have to work together. Healthcare reform is the perfect example of how Republicans and Democrats work together. They don’t! It took a solid Democratic majority to get the legislation passed. Radical centrists can’t do it. The Tea Party Movement doesn't even know what the problems are.

Originally posted to vilixiliv on Mon May 17, 2010 at 07:33 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (1+ / 0-)
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    John Adams - But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.

    by vilixiliv on Mon May 17, 2010 at 07:33:34 AM PDT

    •  vilixiliv - remain a relevant political force? (1+ / 0-)
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      Why don't we wait until after the 2010 midterms and let's see how relevant they are? A year ago we had lots of diaries here on how the GOP was in a death spiral and a very cute dinosaur to highlight the fact that the GOP was on the way to becoming extinct. Haven't seen that cute dinosaur lately. If we don't recognize and battle the GOP in the 2010 cycle as a formidable adversary, we may lose control of Congress. Would that make them a relevant political force?

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Mon May 17, 2010 at 07:56:01 AM PDT

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  •  Agreed current Rethugs (0+ / 0-)

    worse than before. Considering leaving whenever the next Rethug gets into the WH. They are rotten, but I guess someone thinks we deserve this crap and give it to us.  

    Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. is wrong. No one forced any of the founding fathers to own people.

    by OHknighty on Mon May 17, 2010 at 07:48:20 AM PDT

  •  Obama's So Radical Leftwing He Supports Much (3+ / 0-)

    of Reagan's policy. I've not heard him advocate repealing Reagan's tax cuts for example.

    Yes, anything to the left of Reagan is insane in America.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon May 17, 2010 at 08:10:48 AM PDT

  •  Whatever happens in Nov 2010 will be a (0+ / 0-)

    win-win for Dems in 2012.  If the repubs take the House this Nov., their stalling tactics and idiotic bleatings for the Prez's impeachment (and they will!) will sour the discerning voter and let them relive the Bush years and all it entailed for the economy.  If they lose this Nov.  they may finally realize that boss Rush's decree to his congressional minions to 'just say no' to everything was the most stupidest, idiotic strategery in the history of 'by the people' Govt.

    "These are people of the land. The common clay of the new west. You know.....morons!" -The Waco Kid

    by fedorko on Mon May 17, 2010 at 08:46:45 AM PDT

  •  It will be 2018 or 2020 until (1+ / 0-)
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    Virginia mom

    we have an electorate that has a true majority with views and attitudes all on this side of 1968.  That's what don't have yet but need.

    We're looking at a decade in American politics during which the opposition- a 40% pseudoideological plurality- has a disproportionate role in public debate.  Disproportionate because it has no viable central ideas or principles- it has only opposition to Modernity to unite the lot.  The motivation doesn't imho have any particular coherence except egotism (read: unwillingness to have humility and capacity in the face of the problems argued about); the individual adherents adopt weird misinterpretations of economics, race/gender/society, ethics, and particularly religion to do so.

    In short, we will be dealing with residual stupid detritus and nonsense for years as the Right and center Right slowly lose the reactionary Silent Generation and early Boomer voters that make up so much of what they are now.

    That doesn't mean we have no work to do.  We have to let the conservaDems go- the Right has always required collaborators.  We have to keep on enlisting young voters and remind them that this is their country too.

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