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The Republican Party is Doomed

At least they are going down in flames. Yesterday, despite overwhelming popular support for the economic stimulus package that Obama is pushing through Congress, not a single Republican congressman voted for it. So at the next election, what are they going to say when voters ask them what they did to help the economy? Is their answer going to be that they wanted more tax cuts for the wealthy?

Second, look who seems to be in charge of the Republican Party now. Despite Obama’s overwhelming popularity, Rush Limbaugh declared that he wants Obama to fail. That puts Limbaugh squarely in the same camp as Osama bin Laden, not to mention lingering racists who would cut off their own nose to spite his race.

But Limbaugh didn’t just attack Obama, he also made rude noises about the Republican leadership. So on Tuesday, Republican congressman Phil Gengrey offered a relatively mild rebuke:

I think that our leadership, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, are taking the right approach. I mean, it’s easy if you’re Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh or even sometimes Newt Gingrich to stand back and throw bricks. You don’t have to try to do what’s best for your people and your party. You know you’re just on these talk shows and you’re living well and plus you stir up a bit of controversy and gin the base and that sort of that thing. But when it comes to true leadership, not that these people couldn’t be or wouldn’t be good leaders, they’re not in that position of John Boehner or Mitch McConnell.

It took less than 24 hours for Gengrey to tuck his tail between his legs for daring to attack the holy one. Gengrey’s office released the following statement:

Because of the high volume of phone calls and correspondence received by my office since the Politico article ran, I wanted to take a moment to speak directly to grassroots conservatives. Let me assure you, I am one of you… As long as I am in the Congress, I will continue to fight for and defend our sacred values. I have actively opposed every bailout, every rebate check, every so called “stimulus.” And on so many of these things, I see eye-to-eye with Rush Limbaugh. Regardless of what yesterday’s headline may have read, I never told Rush to back off. I regret and apologize for the fact that my comments have offended and upset my fellow conservatives — that was not my intent. I am also sorry to see that my comments in defense of our Republican Leadership read much harsher than they actually were intended, but I recognize it is my responsibility to clarify my own comments.

Now more than ever, we need to articulate a clear conservative message that distinguishes our values and our approach from those of liberal Democrats who are seeking to move our nation in the wrong direction. Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Newt Gingrich, and other conservative giants are the voices of the conservative movement’s conscience. Everyday, millions and millions of Americans — myself included — turn on their radios and televisions to listen to what they have to say, and we are inspired by their words and by their determination.

And Gengrey even called Limbaugh’s radio show to abjectly apologize:

I want to express to you and all your listeners my very sincere regret for those comments I made yesterday … I clearly ended up putting my foot in my mouth … I regret those stupid comments.

If the Republican Party is now being run by a racist drug addict who wants America to fail, they are clearly doomed.

From Electoral Vote.

UPDATE: See also conservative David Frum’s article on this whole mess.

UPDATE 2: James Carville has some hilarious and ironic commentary on this on CNN.



  1. Dual Monitor wrote:

    Hopefully the Democrats will be doomed soon as well and we can actually get a 3rd party going. That would be cool!

    Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 2:34 pm | Permalink
  2. Wally wrote:

    Bravo. Brilliant insight on what a festering cancer the GOP has become. I mean, someone should speak for balanced budgets and strong defence, but this whole “let’s kill the economy while turning the USA into a Christian theocracy” BS is so, so tired.

    While DM there chants for everything to fail, I wish the Democrats good luck in fixing our many ills, as well as the restraint to know not to go too far. As for the GOP, well, they’re strayed so far from their principles that their demise may be the best thing for them. Then maybe the more rational of them can cast off their zealot siblings and maybe start making *some* kind of sense again. Not that they’ve ever had a package I’ve ever been a fan of both other sane voices are needed.

    Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 7:09 pm | Permalink
  3. Suzanne wrote:

    This particular form of festering cancer spells his name Gingrey. He’s a huge source of embarrassment to the thinking people of Georgia, as is Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

    Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 8:14 pm | Permalink
  4. lin wells wrote:

    I can not beleave you can not vote with your party. I think you are making a big mistake. I hope the republicans in georgia can remember that when it comes time for you to be put back into office.You are letting our party down.

    Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

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