On issue after issue, the GOP has veered far from the mainstream of the American electorate. Worse, they are swimming upstream against a tide of changing demographics -- and an electorate with ever-increasing numbers of young voters from the "millennial generation" that polls show is the most progressive generation in half a century.Jobs, jobs, jobs, by which I mean abortion. - Rachel Maddow.
So far, at least, efforts to "rebrand" the GOP have simply collapsed. And even though most Americans are primarily concerned with jobs and the future of the economy, the GOP leadership in Congress insists on focusing on cultural issues that pander to a narrow segment of the electorate -- and are downright unpopular.
They seem to be practicing the politics of "subtraction" -- which is not a good plan if you want to achieve an electoral majority.
A quick look at the issue landscape tells the tale.
With every one of these major issues, the GOP is on the politically losing side.The Alamo comes to mind. Heh.
We'll see what Boehner, Cantor and the rest of the GOP leadership do in the months ahead. But right now they are riding fast in to a political box canyon from which there is very little opportunity for escape.Reminds me of one definition of "military intelligence" (an oxymoron, I know) - "I see many hoofprints going in. I see none coming out."
Hopefully this will turn into a box canyon full of skeletons. And soon. This country has work to do to fix the damage they have done over the past thirty-three years.