What do you learn from Lunacy?
I’m talking about a nominee so far to the right that conservative populists get their fondest wish—and the Republican Party is forced to learn from the result. Namely, that there is such a thing as too extreme.
But if someone like Rick Santorum gets the nomination in an upset, the party faithful will get to experience the adrenalin rush of going off a cliff together, like Thelma and Louise—elation followed by an electoral thud.
Giving conservative activists everything they want in a presidential nominee would ultimately be clarifying for the Republican Party. It would break the fever that has afflicted American politics turning fellow citizens against one another. It would restore a sense of balance, recognizing that it is unwise to systemically ignore the 40% of American voters who identify themselves as independent or the 35% who are centrist. After all, a successful political party requires both wings to fly.
There’s nothing like losing 40 states to refocus the mind.
Education is a marvelous thing. Education by Experience can be devastating.
Posted on March 16, 2012, in campaign, Dreams, Economics, editorial, election, ethics, government, Health Care, history, Labor, Legal, Lies, News, Opinion, Politics, primaries, quote, vote, Warning and tagged Barack Obama, GOP, John Avlon, Mitt Romney, mittromney, Republican, Rick Santorum, Right-wing politics, Thelma & Louise, United States. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off.