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Monday, May 18, 2009

GOP Cancer Grows but Detected

Gallup has an interesting poll that shows the GOP is unable to attract or even keep its political party members. The political party of with us or against us has found themselves in the position of a sinking ship so to speak. Is the GOP dead? Have they gone to far right wing? According to Gallup and the poll, they have…

GOP Losses Span Nearly All Demographic Groups
Only frequent churchgoers show no decline in support since 2001
by Jeffrey M. Jones

PRINCETON, NJ -- The decline in Republican Party affiliation among Americans in recent years is well documented, but a Gallup analysis now shows that this movement away from the GOP has occurred among nearly every major demographic subgroup. Since the first year of George W. Bush's presidency in 2001, the Republican Party has maintained its support only among frequent churchgoers, with conservatives and senior citizens showing minimal decline. - Gallup

What brings on this sudden demise of the Republican Party? Could it be the fault of former President Bush? Could it be the torture issue authorized under President Bush and Vice President Cheney? Maybe it was Denny Hastert and his cover up of a known pedophile in his Congress? Could it be the Jack Abramoff scandal where the Republican lead Congress was up for sale for the price of a golf trip to Scotland? Could it be the war in Iraq that was based on one lie after another that never panned out? Could it be the wounded Veterans coming home lucky enough to be alive from Iraq or Afghanistan based on those lies? Maybe it’s the 4300 plus military members that have lost their lives based on lies? Who knows, it could be the outing of Valerie Plame as an undercover CIA agent by Cheney and Scooter Libby? I don’t even think I need to mention Tom Delay and his escapades trying to fix the voting in Texas but it has its merits in the discussion. The simple truth is that so much was piled up by the sitting members of the GOP in Congress and the White House that nobody will ever really know. Not in our lifetimes anyway. That is why America and her voters cast the GOP out of power. America did not forget what our nation was all about, the GOP did!

One thing is certain, the GOP has been compromised and if Rush Limbaugh, Ann Culter, Bohner, Bill O’Reilly, and Fox News is the spokesperson for the GOP then they deserve the medicine they have dished out to themselves. It is a formula for political suicide. When you have Rush Limbaugh demand Colin Powell be deported from his political party then, can I say out loud with a NASA quote, “Houston, we have a problem!”.

If you have ever read President Lincoln’s address and speech at Gettysburg, or read the book by Gary Wills, you just might understand what a true political party is all about. President Lincoln summed up in less than three minutes the sacrifices the men that died on that field. Lincoln wasn’t just talking about Union soldiers that died on the fields of Gettysburg. In that respect, it isn’t about you the individual, its about America. It’s about all Americans. That was the political party of Lincoln in his day. That is what the GOP just doesn’t get anymore. The GOP just isn't in touch with the average person in America and that might just be simply because they can't afford the $1000 per plate political fund raising dinners.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy that they can not get their political act together!

*****Gun Toting Liberal has linked in and has a very interesting opinion on this same issue

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Blogger ZIRGAR said...

But I'm sure the GOP line of thinking is that there's nothing wrong with the GOP; the problem's with everyone else. Either that or the GOP collectively thinks, "Yes, the USA is not in line with us, but that's nothing the we can't fix." They're not just the Republican'ts any moire, now they're the Republi-won'ts too.

12:00 AM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

"Republi-won'ts" - I love that one! LOL! I hope you won't mind if I steal that one Zirgar.

7:23 AM  
Anonymous Infidel753 said...

It's a vicious circle -- the more everyone but the rats leaves this sinking ship, the less appealing it will be to whatever sane people remain.

I think the problem started when they let the Christian Right take over. They actually believed all that crap people tell opinion pollsters about how religious they are. Looks like they're still believing it.

7:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing how Princeton did this study yet Chris Cristie is way ahead of tax hiking state bankrupting democrat Corzine.
Just because you say it doesn't mak it so. We will see if what happens in 2010 is a repeat of 1994 when people get hit harder in the pocketbook and realize this isn't the "change" they voted for. Hey maybe even you guys will realize it then. But hey keep sucking the Happy Gas!ol!

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Frodo, Political Scientist par excellence said...

Papa, Frodo would like to offer you a caution on these statistics. The respondents say they "prefer," they are not asked whom they would support in an election. The actual data shows a much closer correlation between voters, than these preferences. Such a distinction becomes very, very important when turnout at the polls becomes the issue.

8:14 PM  

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