In 1964 Barry Goldwater was the Republican nominee for president. Lyndon Johnson had signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and lost five of the first six states of the Confederacy (and it has been difficult for any Democrat to win such states since). The only other state Goldwater won was Arizona, his home state. It was the closest state of the fifty, he won by less than 5,000 votes. The country was scared of a Goldwater conservative America. If Goldwater were to be a senator to-day, as he was then, he might be the second most liberal Republican in Congress. In 1996, speaking to Bob Dole, Goldwater said, “We're the new liberals of the Republican Party”. [click]
Reagan recharged the 'conservatives'. The party accelerated its political drift beyond that. The actual Reagan, to-day, would not be nationally acceptable to his party, his myth yes; and he was always more fantasy than reality.
Goldwater, as his party got crazier and crazier, criticised its leaders far more than Hagel has. There is something called the 'Goldwater moment', he told Nixon to resign. He supported Ford over Reagan in 1976. He had open contempt for Falwell, Robertson, and company.
The Republican party line has become very rigid. For the Democracy, it is best to sit and view the spectacle. If there is a Republican primary, or contest it matters nothing when a Republican is elected, he will be as the other one. The only benefit is if he is so nuts, that, the November electorate in some jurisdictions will choose the Democracy. These 'conservatives' have been very successful in securing a zombie like hold over many Americans, so that, they will never vote for the Democracy and only want the craziest available Republican to vote for. The creature that held Teddy's seat for awhile, vile and dishonest as he is, could be the Republican for Massachusetts and be one in Congress, but would have little chance in Texas of wining a primary.
The Republicans are already running candidates for 2016. They have forgotten the very existence of the bushes, and Romney. gwbjr was 'the Leader' [translate that in German, and Italian] of the 'conservatives', and some short time after 2006, he was not recognised by 'conservatives'. Explain that trick to me. Romney was forgotten 72 hours after losing the election. Somehow some are looking for an off-white candidate in Marco Rubio and Bobby Jindal.
Jindal made the odd statement, three days after the public inauguration of Barack Obama, “We must stop being the stupid party”. In one way, strategically, that is true; but it was a doubly stupid thing to say. First he made an embarrassing admission, and second his party does not want to hear that. It is like with the Masons, their numbers have declined and continue to decline. They wanted to get new members, and were told to stop the emphasis on some of their silly ceremonies. They like their silly ceremonies, their numbers continue to drop.
Well, Rubio gave an anti-State of the Union speech after the State of the Union address by the president. It is best remembered for him being awkwardly thirsty during a five minute speech. Then they had 'Ron W.' Paul, the junior senator from Kentucky, give a second anti-State of the Union speech. He is both crazier and stupider than his old man. He is running for president, some think it may be under the title of a new party.
And i am sure, there are more idiots, and mendacious idiots, in the wing. Other than their own malicious tribe, the only people they benefit are comedians.
- “In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.” ― H. L. Mencken
- “Republicans stand for raw, unbridled evil and greed and ignorance smothered in balloons and ribbons.” ― Frank Zappa
- “Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a Republican. But I repeat myself.” ― Harry S. Truman
- “Mr. Nixon in the last seven days has called me an economic ignoramus, a Pied Piper, and all the rest. I've just confined myself to calling him a Republican, but he says that is getting low.” ― John F. Kennedy
- “The strange alchemy of time has somehow converted the Democrats into the truly conservative party in the country—the party dedicated to conserving all that is best and building solidly and safely on these foundations. The Republicans, by contrast, are behaving like the radical party—the party of the reckless and embittered, bent on dismantling institutions which have been built solidly into our social fabric.” ― Adlai Stevenson 1962
- “I do not understand a mind which sees a gracious beneficence in spending money to slay and maim human beings in almost unimaginable numbers and deprecates the expenditure of a smaller sum to patch up the ills of mankind.” ― Harry S. Truman