Election 2016 – The Attack of the Republican Clones

Now that Ohio Gov. John Kasich has announced that he may run in 2016, the already crowded Republican field is becoming a showpiece of the intellectually and morally bankrupt. Remember last December, when Fox News’ Mara Liasson fawned over 2016’s potential bounty?

It is really amazing and this is a huge, huge field, and it’s a substantial field. It’s not… it’s a lot of Senators, a lot of Governors. These are real serious people. This is not, you know, talk show hosts running for president.

Today, that dream has largely become a nightmare. Yet Julian Zelizer writes in an op-ed at CNN that, “The multiplicity of voices will allow the party to showcase a wider range of ideas and to foster a more robust debate about the direction of the party.”

Wait a second. Stop right there. A wider range of ideas? Since when has the GOP – in this young century at least – showcased a wider range of ideas, let alone debated about the direction of the party? These first 15 years of the 21st century have been a rapid and steady slide into extremism, the pace of which, if anything, has only increased. There is no debate about direction.

And even for the establishment it seems to be a case of, “how much extremism can we get away with?”

On the other hand, Zelizer is certainly correct about the “corrosive effect” of money – he calls it “private” money but it’s really corporate – has on American politics. After all, the Kochs have already announced that they will buy the 2016 election. Corporations don’t have to be all that secretive about it anymore, now that they’re people according to the Supreme Court.

Zelizer also says that, “Hypercompetitive, unfiltered primaries also result in a dilution of media attention for any single candidate, including competitors to the leading candidates.” I don’t think this is much of a problem, at least not from our perspective.

The Republican hopefuls are virtual clones of one another. While Bernie Sanders may pull Hillary a little – or a lot – leftward, the competing voices on the right each try to outdo the other in strident extremism. But they’re all extreme to begin with, so it is merely a matter of degree.

As in 2012, and as Zelizer notes, these extremist views will inevitably attract the attention of the mainstream media, and it will hurt the GOP brand. The GOP calls his betrayal, and said the mainstream media gave the election to the Democrats, but the media didn’t report half of what these nutcases were saying, or it would have been far worse.

It’s not the media’s fault the GOP has jumped collectively into the clown car. After all, they are the ones saying it. The media is only reporting it – sort of. The Hill has recently identified “Six Dangerous Issues” for 2016. We are guaranteed to see Republican candidates stumble over each and every one of them.

Extremist rhetoric is already front and center as the candidates step up and one after the other, embarrass themselves on national news shows. Scott Walker, when he’s not uttering gibberish, thinks being a tourist makes him an expert on foreign affairs. Ben Carson thinks prison makes people gay.

Jeb Bush can’t decide if invading Iraq was a good idea, and Marco Rubio can’t even answer the question the same way twice in a single minute of time – on Fox News yet. If a Republican bombs on Fox News – and he is not the first to do so – the Republican Party has problems.

Ruben Navarrette wrote back in March that Jeb Bush needs to “speak truth to GOP voters” but Jeb can’t decide what the truth is. Heck, he doesn’t even know he’s not a Latino.

Things look bad, and they are going to get worse. Republicans can search high and low for a Hillary Clinton Achilles heel, but as long as she has them for opponents, she has no Achilles heel. The GOP does not have what it takes – in any of their gazillion candidates – to defeat Hillary Clinton.

Sure, it’s Hillary, but don’t downplay the value of sanity. It’s a rare commodity on the right, and absolute buzz-kill for the Republican base. And because of this, it doesn’t matter how many or how few candidates the Republicans put up in 2016.

In the end, Republican hopes will come down to a nutty white male who sounds like all the other nutty white males, a guy who hates blacks, hates Latinos, hates Native Americans, hates women, hates gays, hates Muslims, hates workers and labor unions, hates atheists and secularists, hates environmentalists and scientists and intellectuals, hates the freakin’ Pope – and, well…even post-birth human beings in general.

In fact, the only “people” Republican candidates like are white conservative Christians – and corporations.

That’s a small tent, kids. A tent dedicated to choosing from among a collection of deplorably similar lickspittle chickenhawks who couldn’t find their anuses with both hands.

That’s what the mainstream media ought to be talking about. But sure as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, they’ll avoid that one.

Unfortunately for the Republican Party, the voters won’t.

30 Replies to “Election 2016 – The Attack of the Republican Clones”

  1. I always said quality beats quantity.

    And in this case, even the GOP is saying they have to winnow it down to the 9 – 12 candidates who poll best nationwide. The pollsters cannot spend an hour on each phone call – just reading the candidates for the R side. And most of them are unknows, which is good, they KNOW Huckabee from teeeveeee. Can you imagine the normal R voting for this guy? That dumbass launced his campaign from Hope, Arkansas… just like Big Dawg Bill did. There is no hope for the Huckster. Let him win their blessings. But any of them are so full of holes they will sink as soon as they try to walk on water.

    The GOP better start hiding their loonies under the rug. Wide spread mocking isn’t a good way to start this election season for them. Bush, Walker, Rubio. Three stooges.

  2. NOTE to Carly Fiorina:

    There’s white … and then there’s ghastly ghostly.

    And who’s the guy to her right – and not politically, but literally in that picture?

  3. Listen, everybody here knows how I feel about republicans but this isn’t good for democracy! the GOP isn’t even trying to win the whitehouse!!! NONE of these A$SCLOWNS have a snowballs chance in HELL!! don’t you think THEY know it too? look at them, PERRY is under investigation, christie was/ is still being investigated! jebby??? C’mon!!! SERIOUSLY? U.S. TALIBANs hucklabee??? and SANTORUM ? the SARVANT RAIN MAN BEN CARSON?? CARLY FIOFINA?? LMFAO the ceo who almost single handle bankrupted HP?? ok CARLY, you run with that one! HELL! I’m waiting for NEO CON henry kissinger or oliver north to jump in the CLOWN CAR! Listen, they aren’t serious! , as usual it’s just another GOP get RICH or RICHER CON GAME! this isn’t about the whitehouse, it’s about BOOK DEALS- SPEAKING FEES- FUX NEWS shoutouts!- MY GOD! the GOP can’t do ANYTHING without trying to make a FAST buck!

  4. This picture reminds me of a book by Jimmy Berslin, titled “The gang that couldn’t shoot straight” A novel in 1969. A comedy than, and still a comedy NOW. Later made into a 1971 movie (same title).

  5. That guy would be, has been ex-governor of New York, George Pataki. Not surprised you didn’t recognize him, a real snooze that one.

  6. Pataki was in office when Star Trek was popular. A common joke was his name is Klingon and comes from (spit it out gutterally and with vile tone of hate)


  7. The debates among repug candidates will be amusing,
    but when their chosen one faces Hillary the fun really
    begins. If it’s Rube-yo, he better bring lots of bottled

  8. Mike Hufwitme? Really? Hope, Ark That’s not far from Texarkana, Ark/Texas. I’m sure that’s one reason he’s got the FlyingRiverHogExpressJet. Lots of money in Texarkana & mansions to boot. But we shouldn’t vote for RiverHogs like Mike, he’s 1% None. As in Nonqualified. And yes, “WhollyRiver$$” he’s with them. Finally, he and Bill were neighbors back in the day and he’s still jealous that Hillary wasn’t into River Monsters back then. The rivalry continues. Stay tuned.[wink]

  9. Hmm… we’ve got roaches, oh yes we got roaches..we got roaches, we got roaches. Neither of them should be running for public office. Bobby “Pyhole'” Jingle? Honestly folks. Do we still have a government for the people? It seems to be all about them and their skill for stealing & being gangsters. Crips & Bloods, came to their own Nuclear deal, and went for one goal, at least they agreed on constructive direction. These roaches keep putting Hillary into their bad nesting practices and trying to out peabrain each other. No honor among roaches. Yo’!! Charles, David quit wasting your money, you have way too many stooges.

  10. One Can of Generic looks just like another Can of Generic.
    Different Puppet- same hand.

    Jeb’s problem? He tried to use his brain cells left over from his youth. It can be difficult to use something so long unused.

    Republican Debates? That’ll be as impromptu as Professional Wrestling.

  11. Lindsey Graham: “When I’m President, I’ll Send Phallic Murder Missiles to Penetrate Your Thoughts” Senator Lindsey Graham, the prettiest Scarlett O’Hara wannabe in DC, is running for president because “I think the world is falling apart.” That’s the kind of drama queen stuff that’d make the contestants on RuPaul’s Drag Race say, “Oh, butch it up a little, Mary.” – See more at: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/?tw_p=twt#sthash.wdSfIFzM.dpuf

  12. Hey, Knight, you gave me an idea. Since my husband and I are scrambling by on Social Security, 2 tiny pensions, and what I can scrape up with freelance writing after my husband’s real pension was stolen (cuts our income by $12,000 a year), maybe I should jump on the repuke clown car myself. I can think up a platform that would make these rogues look normal and rake in the money. I’m pretty imaginative so I should be able to cook up some pretty outlandish ideas that would appeal to the paranoid voter base. I can slap together a book about my adventures and philosophy and maybe hit fox or infowars, or one of the other loon sites, and hubby and I can spend a relaxed and comfortable retirement rather than having to worry about paying the electric bill every month.

  13. @Lehunt, you might be joking but theres big MONEY here in america jumping on the GOP CRAZY TRAIN! remember the indiana pizza business that couldn’t wait to announce their HATRED of GAY people and immediately got LOVE from RIGHT WING world?! glen beck’s actually cheerleaded for them and guess what? setup your FUND ME site and 500,000 dollars later, their HATE the GAY scam netted them the loot!! like Phil Collins a Genesis said during the REAGAN criminal empire, the USA is ” A LAND OF CONFUSION”

  14. As detestable as this goper line up appears, it isn’t the clowns, but the goper policies that make any or all of them unelectable.

    Look at the goper platform and ask yourself: Is this what I want for myself and my family? Then ask yourself which one of the clowns you’d vote for.

  15. There is not one original idea between them. Oh yeah, that would involve actual thinking instead of being koch puppets.

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