During a debate about the politics over the recent government shutdown, conservative radio host and CNN political commentator Ben Feguson appeared on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight on Thursday, where he literally wrote the political obituary for moderate Republicans like Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. and Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.—describing them as “done” politically and legitimately washed up in regard to the future of the Republican Party.
Former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner joined Ferguson, along with Op-Ed columnist Ross Douthat, as they discussed the politics involving the shutdown and the future of the Republican Party politically with host Piers Morgan.
So based on the political fallout from the recent shutdown, the future of what many, including Weiner and Douthat, feel is a somewhat damaged Republican brand was being promptly dissected.
“The shutdown ended up being a debacle for Republicans. But, right now, it's possible that just being against Obamacare ideally without the anchor of a government shutdown dragging them down might turn out to be a pretty compelling message for Republicans.”
“This (Obamacare) is a serious problem, and Democrats right now know it’s a serious problem.”
“I think the Republican Party, and this is, I’m not the first to say this, is in the midst of this identity crisis that I thought ended in 2012, and it clearly didn’t. ”
After that, Morgan asked Ferguson about the big, Republican civil war that continues to be instigated. Morgan then asked Ferguson: “Which way are you (Republicans) going to go?”
Ferguson responded and said:
“But when you look at the Republican Party right now as Anthony described it, there’s one thing I actually agree with him on.”
“The John McCains of the Republican Party are done. They’re the, going to be the has-beens. They’re over!”
“They’re holding on for dear life—still trying to tell people they’re important—they’re still the guys with the ideas, and they’re not, and I think Ted Cruz is proof of that.”
“Mitch McConnell and John McCain—those years they, they—I hope they enjoyed it, because they are not going to be leading this party for the next 10 years.”
Ferguson also went on to blame the so-called establishment/moderate Republicans for the conservative brand getting its “brains beat in” by President Obama, which is a classic, Tea Party goal—to rid the flexible and recruit the rigid.
After the 2012 presidential election defeat and the 2008 defeat to Obama, there was a treasure trove of politically inclusive rhetoric coming out of the GOP about reaching out to a wider base for minorities and other groups, but after listening to Ferguson’s political predictions for the GOP brand, it seems like doubling-down on the same old, defeat proven, base exclusive, diversity excluded, failed tactics from a Republican playbook that has been decisively thumped in the last two national elections is the still the most appealing political route to many conservatives, which is certainly more regressive than progressive.
So while Ferguson placed the national, electoral failures of the Republican Party on so-called weak/too moderate candidates like McCain and Mitt Romney, one would think that the supposed debt experts and arithmetic gurus of the conservative way would eventually figure out how to count votes.
Although judging by the stark hardships of House Speaker John Boehner as he countlessly tried to rally the votes for numerous measures during the shutdown, the art of counting votes might still be somewhat foggy to the conservative, political ideology, because it is very difficult to expand the base/votes by shrinking the appeal of the message.
So if Sen. Ted Cruz is being crowned as the new guard, while McCain and McConnell are unceremoniously being crowned as the old, soon-to-be, politically dead guard, the brinksmanship of this recent shutdown is obviously considered to be a success and a likely political tool in the not-so-distant future.
Instead of defunding Obamacare, it seems as if the only thing Cruz and his shenanigans might actually get defunded are McCain, McConnell any hopes of a more diverse Republican Party.