A new Republican strategy emerged this week following the inauguration of President Obama. Republicans spent the last four years focused on nothing but preventing his re-election. They failed miserably. So now they are blaming the Grand Old Party’s demise on Obama.
Republicans have now lost the popular vote in 5 of the last 6 presidential elections. Even though 3 of the 5 were at the hands of southern white men, they are blaming the black guy. It seems they need a bogey man to blame, and a black one is a bonus with the Republican base.
Boehner blames Obama for Republican Party demise
Speaker John Boehner gave a speech to a Republican group last week and said that President Obama “was out to annihilate” the Republican Party. Paul Ryan said on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday that Obama was “interested in conquest [of the GOP]. Many other Republican officials have made the same comments. It is like they are reading Rush Limbaugh’s script.
Republicans would never dream of trying to annihilate the president, however. All that birther stuff was just defending the constitution.
The American people do not agree with Republicans on almost every issue. Their brand is becoming toxic. Maybe they need to look at their policies and rhetoric instead of blaming the president.
Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA) tried to tell the Republican National Committee that Republican rhetoric on issues like rape and immigration were not resonating with the voters. He said it was time the Republican Party stopped being the “stupid party.”
To be fair, Jindal has no problem with Republican policies on those issues, just their choice of words.
Republican language on the rape issue
On Sunday’s news shows, various Republican spokesmen avoided discussing Jindal’s comments by resorting to the same talking points they use for everything. Jim DeMint, former Republican Senator and now the president of Heritage Foundation, was asked on “Meet the Press” to comment specifically about Jindal’s criticism of Republican language on rape. DeMint didn't answer but went onto a long discourse about abortion instead.
If the Republican Party is suffering both in the polls and at the polls, it is not Obama’s fault; it is their own fault. These are self inflected wounds but they wear them as badges of honor.
Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock have dropped out of sight after being rejected by voters in Republican states because of their comments about rape. No fear because other Republicans have stepped in where they left off.
A Republican Congressman in Georgia said Akin was “partly right” on legitimate rape. A Republican representative in New Mexico introduced a bill to jail to any woman who gets an abortion if she has been raped. It is legal for any non-raped woman to get an abortion in New Mexico, but if the Republican lawmaker gets her way, a rape victim will do 3 years. Talk about punishing the victim.
I guess Boehner wants us to think Obama put her up to it. Ryan would have us believe she is a stooge for the bogey man in his attempt at conquest.
It’s not just rape that brings out the inner most feelings of Republicans. A top ranking Republican in the House blames the recent massacres in Newtown and Aurora on the fact that welfare moms are over medicating their kids so they can collect a bigger welfare check. He says that way the kid and the mom can both draw a handout.
Of course, as far as anyone knows, the mothers of neither of those killers were on welfare and evidence seems to indicate the problem with the perpetrators was under medication, not over medication.
There is a method to this strategy of blaming Obama, however. Republicans really want to force their agenda of decimating entitlements, and the entire social safety net. Republicans want to get rid of the EPA and bank regulation. Shutting down the government is their weapon of choice. They are conditioning the public to believe everything is Obama’s fault so when they carpet bomb the government, the bogey man gets the blame.
Oh for the good old days of Republicans like Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater.
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