Thursday, April 30, 2009

Are Republicans a national party anymore?

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 3:15 PM

There's big, big trouble in the Republican party. That's no secret, and Sen. Arlen Specter's defection to the Democrats was merely one symptom of the GOP's unraveling. How bad has it gotten for the elephant party? Sen. John Cornyn, a mega-conservative from Texas, who is also chairman of the Republican Senatorial Committee, declared that he's interested in having the GOP "regain our status as a national party." As opposed to a mere angry faction, I suppose, since that's what the party has become since its massive losses in the past two national elections. The bottom line of Cornyn's statements was that his party is going to have to recruit people who aren't bugged-eyed rightwingers in order to gain enough respect to become a more relevant voice again. If someone like Cornyn is throwing in the towel and admitting that the GOP has become too identified with the far right, then you can take it to the bank that the party is in seriously deep shit. I hope his comments didn't make Glenn Beck cry again.

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