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As Bachmann quits, Dole and Snowe tell GOP it's too extreme

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks during a Tea Party Patriots rally March 28, 2012 in Washington, DC.
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks during a Tea Party Patriots rally March 28, 2012 in Washington, DC.
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As Republican U.S. Congresswoman and Tea Party favorite Michele Bachmann of Minnesota announced yesterday that she was quitting the Congress, former Republican U.S. Senators Robert Dole and Olympia Snowe each told interviewers that the Republican Party has veered dangerously off course.

According to the polls, on various issues, such as gun background checks and economic priorities, the Republican Party is out of touch with the majority of American voters. And the picture is getting worse for Republicans, as the number of voting age Hispanic and Latino Americans increases rapidly, women make up an increasingly powerful voting bloc, and young Americans are turned off by Republican positions on gay marriage, global warming and other issues.

Meanwhile, the comments from former Senators Dole and Snowe, criticizing the direction that the GOP has taken, are not unusual. For example, Senator John McCain recently took on fellow Republican Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. The Republican Party is fighting a civil war, and many voters do not like what they see. Lately, Republicans have been pushing several so-called “scandals,” but those issues have not weakened President Barack Obama‘s consistent approval ratings. Apparently, the voters really do care about large matters such as the economy, jobs and gun violence. However, Republican lawmakers have largely sat on the sidelines, or worse, actively blocked progress on many of these matters.

With the 2014 Congressional elections and even the 2016 Presidential election not far off, Republicans are running out of time to decide whether they want to continue simply as the party of “no,” in which case that’s what many voters may say to them at the voting booth.

© 2013 Matthew Emmer -- All Rights Reserved

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