Republicans Self Destruct By Moving To the Far Right After Cantor’s Loss


Over the weekend Iowa Republicans held their state convention, and it was a harbinger of what Americans have to look forward to after sitting House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary race to a libertarian college professor. It was a relative certainty that Cantor’s loss would drive the GOP to completely fall in line behind teabagger extremists who demand all-out war to control the nation or governance comes to a screeching halt; likely they want both. What is curious, is that Republicans are convinced teabaggers are enraged that establishment Republicans did not oppose President Obama over the past five years and that now they demand, and Republicans will deliver, unflinching opposition to the President. Subsequently, establishment Republicans are lurching hard right to embrace teabagger fascism and end democracy if the extremists do not get what they want.

Obviously, Christian extremists are determined to get what they want and one of the convention’s speakers, Bobby Jindal, delivered for the GOP establishment. It was Jindal who this week proved the GOP is in the warm embrace of evangelical extremists and willing supporters of legislation by bible when Jindal signed Christian legislation at a Baptist church eliminating Louisiana women’s reproductive health choices. Jindal also earned bible points with man-love and high praise for Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson who grouped gays with terrorists and said African Americans were happy under Jim Crow because god. Jindal said, to wild applause, that he was sick and tired of the left’s intolerance of religious bigots, racists, and gay-hate like Robertson spews because he had the temerity to say things they disagree with. Obviously extremist Christian views like Robertson’s are part of the new and improved extremist Republicans.

Another convention speaker, Rand Paul, bought in to the idea that the GOP has to embrace the extreme right to satiate the bloodlust of the extremist conservatives the GOP thinks is the Republican base. Paul told an audience that, “There are people who say we need to be more moderate. I couldn’t disagree more; we can be even more bold. It isn’t about being tepid.” Ted Cruz, the epitome of teabagger extremism, believes voters rejected Cantor because establishment Republicans are too moderate and have not kept faith with the base that demands “unflinching opposition” to the President. Apparently Cruz and teabaggers regarded preventing America from defaulting on its debt and not permanently shutting down the government treason against the extremist base and fell short of unflinching opposition to Obama.

Cruz leveled a not-so-veiled warning against establishment Republicans and said “voters decided they wanted something different from business as usual in Washington. That’s a powerful message that I hope every elected official hears.” Republican business as usual over the past five years has been total obstruction of governance, and yet it is not the “unflinching opposition to the President” right-wing extremists, the Christian Right, or Koch brothers demand. Subsequently, the GOP will shift into extreme “unflinching opposition mode” to achieve what former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said was “their way or the highway. Without compromise, you don’t have a democracy.” Mrs. Clinton understands the right-wing’s ultimate goal is America without a democracy, but it is difficult to believe that is what the so-called Republican base really wants.

The base that Gingrich and Cruz claim wants “unflinching opposition” to every and anything the President supports is not the mainstream of Republican voters according to polls and surveys revealing they do not support America defaulting on its debt, closing the government, opposing immigration reform, abolishing the minimum wage, blocking assistance for Veterans, or most policies the extremists support. Still, now that the fear of extremists is driving establishment Republicans to the fascist right wing, governance will come to a screeching halt.

It is impossible to comprehend that the GOP’s base believes Republicans have not opposed everything President Obama has proposed; even when a majority of Americans, including the base, support his policy positions. However, as Newt Gingrich said, “What the Republican establishment doesn’t understand is that there’s a large element of America that wants a fight. If you’re a conservative, you think Barack Obama is literally destroying the country you love. And you watch your leadership and they seem unwilling to take him head on.” The idea that the President is destroying America was the topic of discussion on Fox News that incited host Megyn Kelly to get real serious with two neo-cons and wonder aloud “whether the president sincerely wants another terror attack on America – since it would hurt his approval ratings.” That was the extent of opposition to the segment’s assertion that the President was determined to destroy the America he loathes.

As DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said, “What’s happened is that tea(baggers) have swallowed the Republican party so wholly that they’ve pulled all of their elected officials and candidates so far to the right. There is no mainstream in the Republican party anymore. There is no more establishment.” Wasserman Schulz could not be more correct; the Republicans are full-on extremists who have no qualms bringing the government, and America to its knees to get their way because the voters elected an African American as President. It is not about immigration reform, raising the minimum wage, extending unemployment insurance, making sure women get equal pay, or any policies that will actually help improve the lives of working Americans; now it is solely about pleasing teabagger extremists who, as Newt Gingrich said, “wants a fight.” No American should be deluded that part and parcel of that fight is breaking Washington’s ability to govern for the people and replacing democracy with right wing fascism.

Even though he lost a “sure thing” election to a relatively unknown libertarian, Eric Cantor is fully taken in by the extremist teabaggers and joined them by blaming the President for his loss. The loser said, “remember, the Tea Party means taxed enough already. You know, these are moms and dads, grandmothers and grandfathers that got into the political debate and process back in 2009 after the lurch leftward, expansion of government with Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, cap and trade, stimulus and the rest.” The Republicans have gone so far right to satisfy a right-wing extremist “base” that Cantor blamed the President for his loss because of legally-passed legislation like Dodd-Frank that Republicans have blocked implementation of and cap-and-trade that never materialized. As far as the leftward lurch and government expansion, those are lies that are meant to send a signal to the right-wing fascist base that establishment Republicans are fully behind them.

As Debbie Wasserman Schulz said before the Iowa Republican confab featuring the new extremist Republican Party, “When Eric Cantor isn’t conservative enough to win a Republican primary, it’s clear just how far right the GOP has become. It’s not very good for the country because it means that progress is going to be even harder, and I think Republicans will double down on their obstructionism.” The newly-christened extremist Republican movement is so terrified of invoking the ire of the fascist conservatives represented by the likes of Ted Cruz who demand “unflinching opposition” to democratic governance and just “want a fight” to paralyze Washington, that Republicans will not be satisfied until, as Hillary Clinton warned, “you don’t have a democracy.” What America has now is, as The Dish called it, a Cold Civil War with right wing fascists attempting to bring down the government because Americans elected an African American President.


22 Replies to “Republicans Self Destruct By Moving To the Far Right After Cantor’s Loss”

  1. As long as the American Taliban keeps listening to faux then they have no choice but to do as they are told and go farther to the right.

    Now this is just a thought but while Ms. Lindsey was on faux everyday whining that the President was destroying life as they know it, he was rewarded with I think over 80% of the vote. We are talking Saddams “election” results here while Cantor being just as Reich wing was rarely on Faux, lost. So in their illogical reasoning he wasn’t crazy enough.

  2. Read this about one of the frontrunners for the American Taliban in 2016. The title said it all

    The Unelectable Whiteness of Scott Walker

    A journey through the poisonous, racially divided world that produced a Republican star

  3. Let them keep going right. Sooner or later they’re going over the edge of that flat earth they believe so much in. Their voter pool, like their gene pool is growing ever smaller.

  4. The Republican Party once again stands at a political precipice — this time in the form of a complete absence of leadership and purpose, and no consensus regarding party ideology within the House GOP caucus — contemplating whether to back away slowly, oblivious of the mindless tea party stampede heading straight toward them that threatens to send the entire party over the cliff.

  5. look on the bright side…

    if they move far enough to the right they’ll eventually fall off the edge of the flat earth they seem to so fervently believe in…

    after all… they aren’t scientists

  6. Truthfully, I couldn’t finish it all at a sitting because it made me sick, though I saved the article.

    These people have done damage to the entire planet, and they mean to do more. NASA has already confirmed that at least a ten-foot sea level rise is unavoidable. This contingent will keep us from avoiding the rest. As for the rest of this saraband of destructiveness, it has been catalogued here too often to need reiteration. I’m glad I’m old, and have no children.

  7. Five take-aways from the TEA-party win in Texas.(1) TEA-types will vote. (2) Republicans have been relegated to footnotes in a book. (3) The once proud Republicans will never have national prominence again! (4) Local politics have greater impact than fully realized. (5) Democrats can take back their cities, counties and state if they register and vote!
    Take-aways from Cantors loss.
    (1) TEA-types passed hardline anti-immigrant stance tor failed in his political calculations and played the middle too cautiously.
    (2) Cantor coveted the Speakers position and danced on others backs to attain it.
    (3) Cantor went the same route as others by not sticking with those who brung him.
    (4) TEA-types will come out in force for their candidate – all the money can’t buy votes.
    (5) The right-winged media(FOX-HOLE) backed and supported the extreme portion of TEA-types.
    (6) It is known TEA-types openly courted Democrats to cross over and vote for Brat..Hmmm.
    (7) Cantor failed his home district.

  8. It’s the Republicans own fault, they were greedy for the votes and thought they could control them. I hope to see the demise of the Republican Party in the next few years, thanks to the TP.

  9. As Newt Gingrich said, “What the Republican establishment doesn’t understand is that there’s a large element of America that wants a fight. If you’re a conservative, you think Barack Obama is literally destroying the country you love. And you watch your leadership and they seem unwilling to take him head on.”
    The key part of that statement is “You think Barack Obama is literally destroying the country you love” and that is because of the money the Koch Bros spend to tell people that and also because of the pundits on FOX and other stations who parrot that GOP/TP talking point non-stop and blame him for everything. If those are your only source of information then of course you think that way. It is all you ever hear…
    Propaganda and brainwashing at its best a page right out of the Nazi playbook.
    The saddest part is just because they “Think” that does not make it true.
    They are not “thinking” and that is the biggest problem. They are only parroting propaganda spoon fed…

  10. Yap, this is the same governor that lets ALEC write his state laws.

    Now he is drinking the same faux communion cool-aide wine of the extreme, John Birch Society and KOCH BROS.

  11. I’m glad for you too, but you know how frustrating, hopeless, and some times out right demoralizing having this beast of a corrupt system dumped on us millennial to fix. As if that isn’t bad enough, the majority of your generation has actively fought against us trying to clean up the mess and get the ship on track because of their ignorance and paranoia to change. At some levels, it makes me really despise large swaths of the baby boomer generation because of their out right greed and narcissism; They are literally devouring mine and future generations future for their own personal pleasure before they go into the night.

  12. I’m a f**king baby boomer and I am taking issue with your statement about my generation. I am a lifelong liberal Democrat and I know many more my age, the freaking redneck RW a**holes are not representative of everyone in my cohort, so stop the generalizing.

    I’m glad your a Democrat or liberal or progressive or all three as I am, but you need to learn a thing or two about making assumptions.

  13. I’m with you Elizabeth, I’m 62 and have 5 grandchildren, i have lived in D.C. since I was 11, seen many good fights in 51 years.

  14. Predictions of the GOP’s demise are well-founded and more than likely to manifest. But when they go over the edge, we do not want to go over with them.

    Put another way, what ought to be a major concern for all of us is how much more damage they will do in the interim because if given another chance, t-party extremists will try to force America into default bringing down the entire world economy. They tried once before, but failed. So, let’s make sure there isn’t a next time otherwise we may not be so lucky.

    Let this be a cautionary tale about self-fulfilling prophecies, be careful for what you wish for. Putting them in control would be more than just a regrettable mistake; it would all but guarantee the irreversible demise of America as we know it. Indeed!

  15. War is comin’, mark my words.. and when it comes, we’d best be ready to fight and kill the Fascist right to preserve this country…

  16. “…However, as Newt Gingrich said, “What the Republican establishment doesn’t understand is that there’s a large element of America that wants a fight. If you’re a conservative, you think Barack Obama is literally destroying the country you love. And you watch your leadership and they seem unwilling to take him head on…”

    Sorry to disappoint you Newt, there are no “conservatives” … those who identify themselves as “conservative” are, in truth, authoritarians. And yes, these authoritarians want a THEOCRACY not a democracy!

    However, THEY WILL FAIL!

  17. Since when will the decision of 64,000 people in one primary election dictate the future path of a nation of 350 million. The media is fanning the flames under the tea kettle.

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