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There are as many articles written about the possibility of a new GOP candidate or a brokered convention now than articles about the race itself. There is a reason why caucus and primary turnout among the Republicans is so low--this clown car stinks to high heaven, and Republican voters can smell it. Whether we are talking about the smelly Santorum calling on  people to avoid sending their kids to college, Romney bragging about the Cadillacs his wife keeps in the garage of two of their several homes, Gingrich pontificating about the newest thing that is "the most profound", or Ron Paul giggling about the person denied medical services because they are too poor, a good portion of GOP voters are turned off.

And they do not have many alternatives beyond this weird group. Jeb Bush--just the name is a loser in and of itself. Palin? Even worse than the Clown Car. Christie? Angry and incoherent--better suited for a Hollywood movie role than the presidency. Daniels? The architect of Bush's whacky budgets. They've got nothing, and it irks them,and you can't beat Something with Nothing. The GOP is indeed the Lost Party.

News travels too fast these days, and it is so hard to hide the reality from the masses behind a smokescreen of hate-mongering or blatant lies. It is very revealing when one of the principal candidates is actually telling parents, in all seriousness, to hold their kids back from getting a higher education so that their minds will not be exposed to different mental models and theories about why things are the way they are.

These four remaining, pitiful candidates actually represent the four fissures within the Republican Party, and the degree of attacking and carping going on among these four candidates is more like a brutal war in divorce court than a competition of ideas within a party that has some common principles. The emerging thought leader for this group is Charles Murray, whose new book "Coming Apart" reveals more about the wrong-headed thinking of the Republicans and Libertarians than it does about American society itself.

I see these four candidates representing four irreconcilable groups. Romney, representing the corporatists, what the deluded Murray himself terms the "Overeducated Elitist Snobs". Romney, more than anyone on the American scene, is the poster boy for this group. Santorum is the would-be inheritor of the Reagan Democrats as well as the Catholic right wing. Remember what Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito have in common? All right-wing Catholics. Gingrich in all of his pomposity and bloviation still understands that his only electoral base is among the most racist sectors of the southern GOP. Hence his lone victory in South Carolina and his retreat to Georgia as his last bastion of refuge. Paul represents the party's libertarian lunatic fringe who envision an anarchic Ayn Randian world of toll roads, no taxes, and isolationism.

These four groups dislike and distrust each other, and even a common hatred for Barack Obama is not enough to get them to cooperate.

One can envision a massive GOP loss this fall, with possible change of majority in the House of Representatives and Democratic gains in the Senate as the Republican Party spins further out of control. A Romney candidacy would lead to a profound funk in the three other fissures, with the key players sitting on the sidelines awaiting 2016. I would anticipate a reorganization of the Republican Party, as they continue to wage war among these four irreconcilable camps. As Obama moves into his second term in this scenario, there would be opportunities for the Democratic Party to move more in a populist, non-elite, non-corporate direction and to more boldly build a sustainable majority for the future.

It is time for us to mobilize and go all out. This is a rare opportunity to exploit a deeply weakened Republican Party, as they continue to move toward their Perfect Storm.

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  •  if this keeps going on, then (3+ / 0-)
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    cassandracarolina, JBL55, greengemini

    they will not have a candidate before the convention.

    i am thinking they will force people to drop out and endorse Romney.

    -You want to change the system, run for office.

    by Deep Texan on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 08:55:59 AM PST

  •  Great diary, and great analysis... (6+ / 0-)

    That really sums of the chaos coming from the Republicans this election and why none of their canidates can get more than 30% in the polls, they are literally fracturing at the seams.

    I really thought they could all rally around their pure hatred for Obama, but even that's not working.  Sure, they still hate him, but I'm beginning to think that they hate each other more.

  •  1%ers, theocrats, rascists & Randians (3+ / 0-)
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    Wee Mama, OldDragon, greengemini

    Yep, that sums it up.

    One of the few Republicans I know who is still not ashamed to be a Republican loathes everyone who has been in the presidential primary.

    His guy is Cheney.

    With Cheney on that heart pump, I find myself wondering if he would be more amenable to running for POTUS than he was when he picked W as his boy.

    "The fears of one class of men are not the measure of the rights of another." ~ George Bancroft (1800-1891)

    by JBL55 on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 09:29:00 AM PST

  •  Yes, their weaknesses are really showing (3+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, OldDragon, greengemini

    That is why we really need to see that Dem candidates running against them are good ones - because they can win and be the basis of a new and better Congress.

    If the Dems win but we get a Congress like 2009-2010 it will be something of a missed opportunity. Most important is the Senate - C'mon Tammy, Sherrod, Elizabeth - but other races also matter.

    There is an interesting article by Jonathan Chait on why the GOP is so apocalyptic about this election - basically because the GOP loses ground demographically as time goes forward.

    An ambulance can only go so fast - Neil Young

    by mightymouse on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 09:29:28 AM PST

    •  Nobody's Projecting as "Good" As 2009-10 Are They? (0+ / 0-)

      It's conservative majorities as far ahead as anyone can see.

      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 Feb 27, 2012 at 09:32:01 AM PST

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  •  No Militarists This Time, No Neocon nt (1+ / 0-)
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    Bob Love

    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 Feb 27, 2012 at 09:30:54 AM PST

    •  they're bipartisan (0+ / 0-)

      I don't think there's anyone in Washington who would seriously challenge the Pentagon and the broader idea that the world needs us at the top, that everyone wants to be just like us, that the military can solve any socio-economic problem with enough money and/or bombs, etc.

      Don't forget the neocons' domestic agenda: the equally bipartisan Bobo-esque conviction that elites are the only ones that really matter and if only they'd golf together more then everything would be fine, the elevation of the personal above the political, values above interests,, the belief that Norman Rockwell optics can fix deeply rooted structural problems, the drive to create a properly apolitical working class, etc.

      Never attribute to stupidity what can be adequately explained by malice; stupid people couldn't hurt us so effectively.

      by Visceral on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 02:47:40 PM PST

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  •  I think there's a point we're missing. (2+ / 0-)
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    OldDragon, greengemini

    You are assuming that there are still free elections.
    The more you see of these candidates the less you can tolerate them. This would apply to any fascist. Their only possible route is to nominate an unknown at the convention, hope that there won't be enough time for the loathing to build, then have the polls claim that the race is close, then flip the vote totals in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida.
    Alternatively they could sacrifice the Presidency and use that as a smokescreen to keep the House and/or steal the Senate. As the last 4 years have shown all they need is one.
    We do not have to win the President's reelection, we need to win so decisively that the fascists will be afraid to steal the election, and we have to do the same in enough House and Senate races to not only control both chambers, but to intimidate the corrupt element in the Democratic Party into honesty.
    Yeah, that and hope that Earth is still inhabitable in 2016 because we'll need at least that much time to complete the job.

  •  Sarah Palin doesn't get her own category? ;) nt (1+ / 0-)
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    joe wobblie

    If liberals really "hated America" - We'd vote Republican

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 10:09:51 AM PST

  •  The GOP is indeed the Whig Party. (1+ / 0-)
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    More on the Know-Nothings and the Demise of the Whig Party…

    The Know-Nothings, a vile, hatemongering, xenophobic mob, actually got a few of their evil minions elected to Congressional and local offices in 1854 & 1856, but by 1860 it was over for them, and the Whig Party.

    If you're thinking, "but that was the convulsive decade that ended in the Civil War—oh, noes!" you are right on the money.

    The spark was Lincoln's election, and make no mistake: if it feels like we are engaged in a Civil War right now, it's because we are: a Cold Civil War that was sparked by Obama's election in '08. We are fortunate now that the divide is not along geographic lines, or it might well be a hot war — in some ways it is, with Gabrielle Giffords and the dead of The Tucson Massacre among the victims, and the well-documented ramp up in violence from the right-wing extremist gun nuts, cowering in their enclaves, plotting their terrorist attacks, just like Bin Laden used to.

    The upcoming election will be as metaphorically bloody as the Civil War was physically bloody, but just as the Soviet Cold War was "won" on the battlefield of Politics, so this war will be won. History shows us that the American Spirit of Reason, Tolerance and Ingenuity usually prevails in Crisis Eras like we find ourselves in now. The tide is starting to turn already as we see the cracks appear in the unified front of the GOP that has held rigidly together for my entire adult life. Armey and the Kochs unleashed this Teabag Monster, and it will destroy them.

    The Whigs? They were replaced in the two-party system by, oddly enough, the Republicans. So when I say ‘demise of the Republican Party’ perhaps I should say ‘demise of this Republican Party’. They may still be known as Republicans, but they will have to start from scratch, with an ideology they can sell to the general population after the Jim Crow throwbacks in their free Medicare scooters are gone from the voting rolls, replaced by young adults who like their African-American, Latino, Asian, GLBT, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Wiccan, Agnostic, and atheist friends.

    Generational Attrition: Suck on it, Teabaggers!

    As for the good guys, our best DEFENSE against the Evil that is the Teabagger Republican Party is OFFENSE:

    Get. Out. The. Vote.  Boots on the ground NOW!

    The Know-Nothings' xenophobic hatred was targeted at the German and Irish Catholic immigrants of the time. Ironic how many of today’s Vile Racist Teabaggers are the direct descendents of that wave of immigrants.

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