Apr 23 2009
The Democrats are being given a free ride because the ‘true conservative’ opposition is so inept and repulsive there is no respectable or credible check on the Democrats. The far right has destroyed conservatism as defined by Reagan and executed through both Bush presidencies. But it takes real ineptitude of historic proportions to destroy all that good, hard work in only a few short years of mindless madness.
The data is just too strong to dismiss anymore:
As he approaches the 100-day mark of his presidency, Barack Obamaâ€™s job approval ratings are higher than those of his most recent predecessors. However, the 44th president is even more distinguished by his strong personal popularity. Fully 73% of Americans â€“ including as many as 46% of Republicans â€“ hold a favorable view of Obama as a person. Fewer people held favorable impressions of George W. Bush (61%) and Bill Clinton (60%) early in their first years.Â
Obamaâ€™s job approval stands at 63%, while 26% disapprove of the way he is handling his job as president.Â
Through 100 days of a radical shift to the left the conservatives have been so hot headed and out of whack that America has turned to Obama as the preferred option. The conservative right is out of control, and now openly attacking America and Americans as they sink deeper and deeper into historical oblivion. Remember, to these people George W Bush, John McCain, John Kyl and other GOP leaders were traitors to the cause. They were moderates who created the Gang of 14 (a huge success), the prescription drug option in medicare/medicaid (a huge free market success), the Iraqi Surge (while many on the right bailed) and a chance to reform immigration and win over the most prized segment of the electorate – the rapidly growing hispanic voters (being voters they are Americans and deserve respect and a voice at the table).
After 100 days they have made Obama more popular than when he was elected!
This is howÂ conservatives have screwed up so horribly, repulsed so many and shriveled up into a small band of angry malcontents:
A conservative faction of the Republican National Committee is urging the GOP to take a harder line against both Democrats and wayward Republicans, drafting a resolution to rename the opposition the â€œDemocrat Socialist Partyâ€ and moving to rebuke the three Republican senators who supported the stimulus package.Â
At the rate they are going they will push Obama into becoming one of the most popular presidents of modern time. It is not Obama’s gifts pulling this off, it is the massively repulsive nature of conservatives. Obama and the Dems are not succeeding – in fact he is stumbling and failing to make any progress on anything of value. It is simply the conservatives have become so radioactively angry they simply make the Dems look good in comparison.
Gone are the level heads, reasoned policies with broad centrist support, respectful tone. Gone is the shining city on the hill, destroyed and replaced by an angry mob.
The path out of this mess is obvious to everyone not drowning in the fevered swamps of the right:Â
But before they rush to criticize Obama, they need to put their own house in order. The GOPâ€™s moderate wing has declined in recent decades, and the size of the Republican coalition is shrinking.Â
If the Republican Party is to reestablish its dominance in American politics, it must rebuild a national coalition that includes independent and moderate voters and elected officials. In the 1950s and 1960s, Republicans had a robust centrist wing typified by President Dwight Eisenhower, New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller and New Jersey Sen. Clifford Case. Influential think tanks like the Ripon Society proposed moderate policy ideas that proved to be both popular and effective.Â
E.J. Dionne argues in his seminal â€œWhy Americans Hate Politicsâ€ that Riponâ€™s members â€œwere among the first in the 1960s to … show how an all-volunteer Army could work.â€ They sought â€œto turn the Republicansâ€™ preference for state and local government into practical programs,â€ endorsed civil rights, proposed tax credits for the working poor and supported an opening to communist China.
Moderates and independent-minded Republicans tend to be harder to find in the House than they were 10 or 20 years ago â€” whether they support abortion rights or are pro-Big Government. A once-proud moderate tradition has been seriously weakened.Â
The decline of moderate and independent Republicans, according to historian Vincent Cannato of the University of Massachusetts, Boston, â€œis only part of the problemâ€ confronting Republicans today. Still, â€œjust as Democrats needed to reach out to Blue Dogsâ€ to build their coalition, Cannato said, â€œRepublicans need to find out who the moderates and independents are in the country â€” and try to figure out how to appeal to them.â€Â
So far the rabid far right tendency to call people traitors and wimps and getting in their face for not bowing down to their huge egos has not been attracting much support. Gee, wonder why?