Post-Republican. The term is far more legitimate than the fictitious “post-racial,” a term pundits on the right invented as though electing Barack Obama finally ended America’s racial apartheid. No one on the Left entertained seriously the term. The Right, however is quickly scrambling to come to terms with their post-election, post-Republican reality.
From within the party is being torn apart by significant forces, while proving itself increasingly narrow, obsolete and insignificant, except as obstructionists without focus. Conservative Moderates will have to confront that, and confront the ability to negotiate and compromise, things the old and not so grand party has set a standard in eschewing. That won’t be an easy fight, and no matter which side prevails, it heralds the end of the Republican party as we no it. Whether that will be a complete swing towards extremism, or something capable of functioning with other adults remains to be seen.
So far prospects for some sort of reasonable and workable party are disappointing, to say the least. First, the party cannot even come to terms with the losses, particularly presidential, that it wrought on its own. The radio, TV and print pundits, as well as the party heavies, like Rove and Gingrich refuse to say Romney lost, and instead blame the results on a cleverly employed democrat scheme to confuse voters with issues such as minority, immigrant and gender rights, human rights, economic inequality and a rollback of hard fought civil rights and a woman’s right to make choices about her own body. Karl Rove called democrat rebuttals to their foolishness, voter suppression.
The next post-republican party will also have to come to terms with a loud and un-American religious zealotry. That tiny, but wealthy minority, of maily white bigots and narrow-minded bullies attempted to manipulate and guilt the public into their fraudulent prism of extremism masquerading as religion. It funds legal groups to bully and abuse efforts to firewall the public from such extremism, casting the ACLU-American Civil Liberties-as a hate group to legitimize funneling the public into pretend-religious dogma, which was the cause for the real division in American these last four years. I believe the American people spoke loudly about that as well.
So what is the post-republican reaction and strategy? So far a vocal punditry is attempting to steer the post-party identity towards concealing and obscuring their true motivation. The effort is to trick Hispanics, minorities and others to the party to help change the perception from the old white guy party into something resembling, well, the democratic party. Check FOX News’ Sean Hannity’s catharsis regarding his views on economic refugees, which the Republicans called illegal aliens. If you buy it for a second, you’ve been stuck on FOX too long.
It is a ruse, and all those who enter the party and look around will quickly see they are either being used as the candy coating meant to conceal the true intentions and interests of a wealthy white power elite. There is no big umbrella, because the former republican party was never about inclusion. It was always about hierarchy and the 1%. They only needed to prey on those who would stumble blindly to the polls, voting for the 1% and against their own interests. Paper thin.
So don’t be fooled. The post-Republican party isn’t changing in structure, just trading one mask for another. Behind the new mask is the same old exclusive and abusive song and dance.