Saturday, May 26, 2012

Reading Between The Lines In Joseph Cotto's Article About Why Gov. Scott Walker Should Lose

Show me a coach who wants to strategically lose a game or two and I'll show you a bad coach.
FLORIDA, May 17, 2012 — In Wisconsin’s ever contentious gubernatorial recall, most would probably expect the garden variety Republican to support incumbent Scott Walker. After all, he is a standard bearer for America’s gut-the-government movement and unapologetically brash about his beliefs to boot.
 This is the standard introduction before the big 'BUT' of my appeal. 
While this sort of thing might appeal to certain factions of the Republican base — specifically elements of it which are so far right that they have come to despise the GOP’s traditional form — it does not appeal to me.
This is why I believe that Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett must claim victory come June 5th.
You knuckle-dragging bitter clingers just don't appreciate the fine work the Republican party has done these last 10 years.
Pundits have speculated that the recall is about far more than local affairs; it is a referendum of sorts on the distinct breed of right wing politics that has taken hold since the 2010 midterm elections. Despite being rooted in fiscal matters, like curtailing collective bargaining for labor unions, it has transcended them to include social policy as well; as the continuing siege on women’s reproductive rights is a shameful testament to.
Even though the GOP was almost beaten to obscurity in 06 and 08 and it too the help of all the local Tea Parties to make a record breaking change in the House of Representatives in 2010, shut up and let the policy people like me make decisions for you all. 

And I've also fallen for the Democrat lie about the GOP's "War On Women" when it's about the government telling what should and shouldn't be covered with insurance.  
If the Republican Party has any desire to remain electorally viable in both the immediate and distant futures, then such radicalism must be addressed. In the event that Walker were to lose, the national party — in spite of its chairman, Reince Priebus, who never seems to have surpassed amateur hour as far as the science of practical politics is concerned — would most certainly promote a more temperate dialogue.
Despite the evidence of history to the contrary that Republicans have been gaining in electoral ground, moderation, moderation, moderation.  

But what will never be addressed is the extremism in the Democrat party.  That would offend the moderates to point that out and send them running to those same Democrat extremists. 
Even more importantly, presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney could finally seize the opportunity to do something revolutionary: run on his own extensive record as a moderate. Throughout this year’s primaries, he was left with little choice other than to pose as a rock ribbed rightist; an cringeworthy feat that produced a plethora of unintentionally comedic moments.
Blah blah blah, shut up bitter clingers and get back to stuffing envelopes.  Your opinions are not needed.
Following a Walker loss, the far right would become almost completely devoid of political capital. Consequently, its ability to tack Romney down to a host of extremist positions should vanish. The Tea Party, which originally functioned as a positive influence of fiscal restraint during an era of runaway government spending, has morphed into a strange hybrid of the Religious Right and the John Birch Society. One of Walker’s most prominent supporters, its current incarnation might be decisively repudiated in the event that its star politico is sent packing.
Yes, I am seriously talking about demoralizing the Republican base.  You know, the people who do volunteer for candidates, knock on doors, stuff envelopes and actually donate to the causes they believe in. 
As a Republican in the vein of Dwight Eisenhower and Nelson Rockefeller, I believe that this is the best case scenario. Of course, a great deal of those on the far right may threaten to leave the GOP and start their own party in the event of a centrist shift. If that is what they wish, then no one should try to stop them. After a few election cycles yielding returns no higher than five percent of the popular vote, they ought to get the message that extremism is anything but a virtue.
 While everyone remembers fondly the Reagan years, I'm above that.  I would even add in Nixon if it wasn't for Watergate.  
While it is regrettable to advocate the defeat of a fellow Republican, the Party’s temper has reached the point of this becoming an absolute necessity. Hopefully, not too far down the line, said scenario will be rendered obsolete, as adequate room will have been made inside of the supposedly big tent for not only differing viewpoints, but that nagging inconvenience known as reality.
The sooner this can be accomplished, the brighter America’s horizon stands to shine.
They say that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step and-- nothing personal--  Scott Walker is that first step to glorious moderation.  

Now go out there and lose one for the Gipper.  

Character mode off:  Now that pretty much all the candidates have dropped out and endorsed Mitt, there hasn't been much reluctance about Mitt's nomination that I can tell.  And this is obviously more anectdotal rather than data but my father-- who has voted third party and his beliefs for the last 40 years or so-- is pondering a Mitt vote.

And sorry this is about two weeks old but it was in my queue and finally had some time to get it finished. 

But if what Cotto wrote is what the Republican Party thinks, it's time for a new party.

1 comment:

  1. Dave,

    Sad to say, but I think this is exactly what the Republican establishment thinks: conservatives are a bunch of yahoos who should shut up and let the sophisticates in the party make policy. Conservatives have seen how well that worked out.