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Republicans - The Stupid Party

Bobby Jindal said: “We must stop being the stupid party.” He should have added 'we must also stop being the wacko party.'

Often, when someone does something really stupid in public, decent people will look away. Decent people do not ordinarily want to add to the embarrassment of the unfortunate person who has done the painfully stupid thing.

However, in the case of the National Republican Party, it is almost impossible to look away. Their incredibly stupid behavior is so frequent, so pronounced, so public one wonders how any person with any self-respect can continue to claim to be a Republican.

At the recent Winter Meeting of the Republican National Committee, they let Governor Bobby Jindal have the microphone.

Jindal said: “We must stop being the stupid party.”

Stupid is defined as 'lacking intelligence or common sense."

Is it even possible for the Republicans to stop being the party of stupid? A look at their recent history would suggest not.

The Republicans got behind a candidate for President who could not understand that the first rule of being a candidate is to get the voters to like you. The Republicans supported -- then ran away from, then supported -- Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin of Missouri.  They put forth Republican Richard Mourdock of Indiana who managed to say (publicly!) that God intends for rape to happen.

Then, former bright light of the Republican Party, Marco Rubio, denies science when asked a 6th grade question about the age of the earth.

Surely, there is much stupid to overcome here.

After Obama’s second inaugural address, Speaker of the House John Boehner complained that the President is out to "annihilate the Republican Party." The Speaker must have forgotten about Mitch McConnell’s pledge to make Obama a one term President. 

At the RNC meeting, Jindal could have gone on to say that the Republican Party also has to stop being the willing handmaiden of fringe groups who hold extremist views on social issues which Republicans are bullied into supporting even if those views are unpopular with the very voters the Republicans need  in order to win a national office.

The National Rifle Association heads this list closely followed by Grover “No, they didn’t vote for a tax hike” Norquist.  (The Tea Party is all but defunct and Sarah Palin is no longer a Fox News Contributor).

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the N.R.A. spent almost $19 million in the last federal election cycle. This money was used to attack Democrats but it was also used to attack Republicans who dared to stray from the NRA position that all gun regulations are the work of the devil.

Other groups who oppose gay marriage, abortion, stem cell research, acceptance of mankind’s role in climate change and science deniers of all stripes, among other issues, are endowed by billionaire supporters.  These groups are more radical than the population as a whole. Their money, given the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United, allows them unlimited impact on the stupid party. 

As if to prove they completely failed to grasp reality of the 2012 elections, Jindal’s message and Boehner's fears, the Republican National Committee re-elected Reince Priebus as chairman.

The Republicans seem to think that the guy who was at the head of the disastrous Republican showing in the 2012 election can put on a new suit and suddenly read the changed demographics of the nation; shake off the collective choke-hold of the NRA, Norquist, and the radical and religious right; design a campaign that doesn’t exclude 47% of the voters; and refocus the Republican Party on its traditional message of growth instead of Mitch McConnell’s message of obstructionism.

Chalk up one more stupid for the Republican Party.

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Dennis Wilson January 31, 2013 at 05:05 AM
Generalities are defined as statements having general rather than specific validity or force; also, vague or inadequate statements.
Borden Wicks January 31, 2013 at 01:26 PM
Dennis, that is it in a nut shell. The Republican Party, specifically the Tea Party, have been the party of "stupid." Colin Powell and Gov. Jindal realize they have to reign in their far right, or they will continue to lose national elections. As it is, in the past election, the only reason the House remained in Republican control was re districting. A ploy practiced by both parties over the years. The fact is, Republicans received 1 million fewer House votes than Democrats, and have lost the popular vote in 5 of the last six presidential elections. Moderate Republicans would do well to listen to the advise of Gov. Jindal and Gen. Powell. The future of their party depends on it! Continued bowing to corporate interests is killing them, just ask Willard!
Jim O'Connor January 31, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Michael Barret,Please refer to Boston Herald April 27, 2012 "Massachusetts Growth Rate Outpaces National GDP.." Data is cited in the article...(I assume the Herald is a source you trust..). I didn't mention Texas. Check out the data (there's that word again) regarding its education, health care, real wages, and environment. But not to worry, TX is on its way to being a blue state. ,Once they purge their Republican politicians, things will begin to improve. in TX. As for TN, 'Ole Miss, "Bama,, and the rest of the former Confederacy, i.e., the Republican base, you can have them.
Borden Wicks January 31, 2013 at 08:37 PM
I agree Predator, too many guns on the street! Your argument makes sense, less guns, less death! We just have to enforce the laws we have, right Predator?
Danielle Horn February 01, 2013 at 01:14 AM
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