Monday, October 19, 2015

The Failure of the GOP

A good article at Vox explaining how the GOP dominates local politics. If the GOP were truly an opposition party, it would halt advances by the national government with a unified opposition at the state level, or a disorganized multi-front opposition by various states. Instead, the progressive juggernaut rolls on. So the Democrats are in disarray and the GOP is winning election after election down ballot, but USG doesn't care. This is rule by "the Cathedral," elections don't matter.

Democrats are in denial. Their party is actually in deep trouble.

Outside In takes another view:
If the GOP take the presidency, of course, they reset back to homeostatic bi-polar alternation, degenerative quasi-equilibrium, and democratic functionality — which is disaster. So for the GOP, the question is how to stay out of the White House (without seeming to want to), while incrementally subverting the central organs of national executive power. When the decay process reaches the stages where large burning chunks are falling off, it’s critical that there’s a Democrat in the Oval Office to explain on cable news how it isn’t ze fault.

Yglesias seems to think the Republicans might do something with the presidency of right-wing significance, which is (of course) laughable on its face. The Union Executive exists to take the coming fall, and nothing else. With that kept firmly in mind, everything can go swimmingly.
There is something to be said for joining the local party apparatus.

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