IL GOP = No Better

It’s a fact that the national Republican Party is slogging through an identity crisis without an end in sight.

However, what is less apparent (because fewer people pay attention to the politics closer to them) is that the state GOP has had the opportunity stop flailing and buck the trend (names like Blagojevich and Burris are Illionis Democrats, after all), but the state GOP is no different lately.  Kadner put it bluntly…

Conservative Republicans in this state hate moderate Republicans more than they hate the Democrats. […]

Just as Rush Limbaugh would rather see the U.S. economy fail than Obama succeed, it appears there are Republicans who would rather see their party fail than have moderates challenging the Democrats in the 2010 elections.

We have more than two kinds of people in the world, and so two major parties don’t exactly make logical sense.  However, that is the system that has developed over a pair of centuries in the U.S., and it ain’t budging soon.  But if a party commits to an orthodoxy too rigid they are doomed to either change or fail.  That is what is happening here.  My guess is that it will be failure for a bit, and then we will start seeing the change.

Dear GOP,

You say that you are ready to ready to tone down the outdated nonsense talk about social issues and return to the rational debate that made the Republican party an important, useful voice in our democracy.

If you are serious about that than you need to stop saying things like this:

GALLAGHER: Is this a time when Republicans ought to consider some sort of alternative to redefining marriage and maybe in the road, down the road to civil unions. Do you favor civil unions?

STEELE: No, no no. What would we do that for? What are you, crazy? No. Why would we backslide on a core, founding value of this country? I mean this isn’t something that you just kind of like, “Oh well, today I feel, you know, loosey-goosey on marriage.” […]

GALLAGHER: So no room even for a conversation about civil unions in your mind?

STEELE: What’s the difference?

Remember GOP, rhetoric matters. Even if you say something for political reasons without actually believing it, the whole world will hear what you say, not just those who you are trying to appease. You will not return to political prominence by calling the consideration of civil unions crazy. A very strong majority supports civil unions, 65-70% of the nation. Let’s do math: 100% minus that percentage equals 35-40%. No one wins elections with 35-40%.

I know that we don’t make policy based only on what is popular at the time. But remember that we only starting attacking gay Americans in the past because it helped us win elections. So now that it won’t help us win elections, you should probably stop. Especially because it is wrong-headed policy that hurts people and helps no one.

GOP, I so desperately want you to get back to being a logical, rational, reasonable party. To do that, you need to offer needed debate on all of the issues that should matter to the government, and keep quiet on issues that do not matter to the government. Please do not forget about that. And stop making dumb statements on right-wing talk radio. Thanks.

Sincerely,

Paul