September 14, 2012
Each of these candidates has to pander to the bloodlust of the knuckle dragging, pitchfork and torch bearing louts who show up to Tea Party events and, for that matter, Republican primaries. They haven’t a prayer (and that’s really important) of the nomination without convincing that group that they are as heartless, as uneducated, and as stupid as their supporters. So they do it.
|The GOP’s death wish|
What the Republicans have done is created a system in which to achieve the nomination, each candidate must try to position themselves farther to the right than the next. This is getting harder to do; Attilla the Hun would seem too radically liberal to the fanatics who vote at GOP primaries. The problem is that the Republican nominee, by going on record with the necessary pandering to the lynchmob, will have made him or herself unelectable in a general election. Because at a general election, rational, oxygen-breathing people vote. And thus far, at least, Americans still have some vestigial suggestions of rationality. Let’s see if those survive until 2014.