After the 2012 elections, the Republicans sounded the alarm.
Most inside the party leadership sensed a need to reboot or reinvent the party. They were on the wrong side of evolving demographics and the status quo might work in district elections but on the national stage, their message would need to be modified if the GOP was going to send someone to the White House in 2016.
So new party leaders have developed something incredible. It is round. When used with one or more similar products, it can be used to make moving heavy objects easier. When powered by a motor, these round objects can move at great speeds.
The Republicans have invented… the wheel. (I was going to try the same literary device on a new mousetrap, but it was going to be far too complicated and contain violent images of decapitated mice.)
Sure, bringing Sarah Palin back on FOX News and asking her to say cute things about Syria and make up new meanings for the letters symbolizing major television networks will be fun for everyone. Do you think anyone else noticed that she is writing another book and she needed a platform to help publicize her new addition to the American literary catalogue just in time for holiday shopping?
I would have said Christmas shopping but she loves Israel and would never leave out Hanukah shoppers. Of course the book is about taking Jesus Christ out of Christmas so I’m not sure how that will play in local synagogues. Hey, I wonder if she will come back to our grocery store on her book signing tour? That would be great because I have missed 2008.
Apparently, the Republicans have, too.
In addition to bringing Palin back on the national scene, the new party leaders are clinging tightly to the policies that led to the failure of old party leaders.
As one of the most popular new faces in the party – who just so happens to have a ton of street cred due to his heritage - is working on immigration reform, a significant faction in the party is deriding him for his efforts.
Marco Rubio, who was cheered just weeks ago, is now being booed by TEA Party groups because of his work on the immigration bill under construction in Congress.
Fellow freshman Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) called Rubio’s work on the immigration bill “a crock.” That quote didn’t come from the Lamestream Media, he said it on the Rush Limbaugh show.
So now Rubio is taking a beating from the Grand Poobah of Conservatism? That doesn’t bode well for Rubio or any Republican in 2016.
Page 2 of 2 - With Rubio, and candidates like him, the GOP has a chance. With the same style candidate they have been putting atop the ticket, they might as well work on that concession speech now.
The Republicans tend to have an issue. They can’t disagree without casting aspersions and hurling allegations of wrongdoing.
Cruz should say, “I really disagree with Marco on this bill. I hope we can work together to improve it.”
Instead, he calls it a crock and accuses him of “playing politics” – a charge I still think is ridiculous when one politician says it about another. Am I writing a column or “playing newspapers”?
Is there a difference?
Senators are politicians. If they aren’t good politicians, they are bad senators.
As long as Republicans can’t get together inside their own party on policy matters and continue to cannibalize their own members, 2016 looks like another blue year in the White House.
Kent Bush is the publisher of the Augusta Gazette, the El Dorado Times, and the Andover American newspapers. He can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org