Ring of Fire’s Mike Papantonio and Sam Seder discuss a recent article by Alternet’s Amanda Marcotte that details five ways the GOP is trying to dumb down the future of the United States.
With an assist from some long-term demographic trends, House Republicans have redistricted, propagandized and policed themselves into another country.
As a result, they have become unmoored from the political incentives that typically drive law-makers’ decision-making process. Public opinion no longer sways them, and that is creating a potentially insurmountable problem for the party establishment’s efforts to broaden the GOP’s appeal beyond angry old white people.
House Republicans may care about the GOP’s national fortunes in the abstract, but too many are impervious to what the public at large wants because of the nature of the districts they represent. At the same time, a steady stream of spin from the conservative media provides insulation from the realities of American politics, and deep-pocketed outside groups punish Republicans for any deviation from right-wing orthodoxy.
- 10 Worst People on Forbes 2013 Billionaires List (talesfromthelou.wordpress.com)
On Tuesday afternoon, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) delivered a speech that sought to “rebrand” the GOP as a party that can advance legislation that would improve the lives of the “most vulnerable” Americans. “Our solutions will be based on the conservative principles of self reliance, faith in the individual, trust in the family, and accountability in government,” Cantor said in an address titled “Making Life Work.” “Our goal: To ensure every American have a fair shot at earning their success and achieving their dreams.”
But a closer look behind Cantor’s policy proposals reveals that House Republicans are still more interested in sounding compassionate than ensuring economic advancement for middle and lower income voters. Here is why:
- Eric Cantor 4.0 seeks to rebrand House GOP (redalertpolitics.com)
- Eric Cantor is back in the saddle again with another plan to rebrand GOP (dailykos.com)
- Cantor’s Overture (nationalreview.com)
- Eric Cantor Thinks America Will Love the GOP Agenda If They Don’t Understand It (politicususa.com)
- Cantor to Give Major Address on Future of GOP (breitbart.com)
- Major Cantor speech to recast image of GOP and conservatism (thehill.com)
- Cantor: GOP needs to ‘express’ itself (politico.com)
- 8 Reasons Why Cantor’s Rebranded GOP Looks Just Like The Old GOP (thinkprogress.org)
- Cantor 4.0 seeks to rebrand House GOP (politico.com)
- Eric Cantor, plus ca change (maddowblog.msnbc.com)
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When center-left pundits are critical of Republican extremism, it’s expected. When a former aide to George W. Bush and John McCain does it, the criticism resonates a little louder. In this case, it’s Mark McKinnon, who wants “a new Republican Party.”