Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem. – Politics and Public Opinion – AEI

Let's just say it: The Republicans are the problem. – Politics and Public Opinion – AEI.

Rep. Allen West, a Florida Republican, was recently captured on video asserting that there are “78 to 81” Democrats in Congress who are members of the Communist Party. Of course, it’s not unusual for some renegade lawmaker from either side of the aisle to say something outrageous. What made West’s comment — right out of the McCarthyite playbook of the 1950s — so striking was the almost complete lack of condemnation from Republican congressional leaders or other major party figures, including the remaining presidential candidates.
It’s not that the GOP leadership agrees with West; it is that such extreme remarks and views are now taken for granted.
We have been studying Washington politics and Congress for more than 40 years, and never have we seen them this dysfunctional. In our past writings, we have criticized both parties when we believed it was warranted. Today, however, we have no choice but to acknowledge that the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party.
The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.


One comment on “Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem. – Politics and Public Opinion – AEI

  1. As an executive, someone who has voted both sides of the aisle my entire life–this man has no idea how lead.

    I am independent. Why is the GOP the problem? Why? It was the President you fool.

    One must listen, negotiate and NEVER vilify business for it is backbone of our country. One must never ever blame the other for not accomplishing something. Irrespective of what he has not accomplished, he refuses to accept responsibility and blames others–that in and of itself is disgusting. He is a demagogue.

    Most voters are scared and lack the courage to break free of group think—the refuse to recognize the his lack of leadership. That’s in of itself is not a concern. But what is, is their sheer lack of ignorance and responsibility in educating themselves about our fiscal situation. If you think we are that far away from the fiscal cliff—why is California, municipalities, other states and local governments broke? The well doesn’t go on forever. Greece was only 1.2Trillion in debt when the S&P downgraded their bonds to junk. The USA is $16 Trillion.
    We CANNOT AFFORD ANOTHER 4 YEARS OF A PRESIDENT THAT will keep adding another Trillion and thinks this can go on forever. He is CLUELESS. The big bird issue is PBS NEEDS to compete. $150M plus $150M plus $150M keeps adding up people. Anybody who thinks $150M is nothing is a fool. That’s why we need Romney.

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