One year out: Republicans yielding to most conservative voices in their party

RightWingExtremist-485x311Yesterday marked one year until Election Day 2016, and the Republican Party seems to be in even worse shape than it was this time four years ago: yielding to the most extreme voices in their party, clinging to an extreme agenda to cut the social safety net for our seniors and country’s most vulnerable, still chasing a failed economic agenda that preceded the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and led to the loss of millions of jobs, and alienating large segments of American voters, including women, Hispanics, African Americans, and AAPI voters. 

Three years after determining that, “The Republican Party needs to stop talking to itself,” and needs to start reaching out to voters who may not agree with them on every issue, including groups that have viewed the GOP as downright hostile, they’re back at it:

  • New GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan excoriated his own party and his own record, saying that Republicans, “don’t have a vision.” That’s just the tip of the iceberg.
  • The man currently leading the GOP polls, Dr. Ben Carson, called a law that helped over 17 million Americans get health insurance “worse than slavery,” lied about his military scholarship to West Point, and considers religion to be a determining factor on which Americans can run for President, saying that Americans of the Muslim faith should not aspire to become president.
  • The former GOP frontrunner, Donald Trump, has insulted Hispanics, Women, Native Americans and AAPI voters, to name just a few.
  • Marco Rubio opposes the right to choose with no exceptions – even in the case of rape or incest, said “we’re not going to pass immigration reform in this country,” committed to canceling DACA, and thinks that programs like Social Security and Medicare have “weakened us as a people.”
  • The tax plans we’ve seen from the GOP candidates would give a massive benefit to wealthiest and explode the deficit, but wouldn’t give much to middle-class and working families.
  • Most of the Republican nominees are opposed to comprehensive immigration reform and most – including Marco Rubio – have ruled out a path to citizenship under their presidency.
  • And after 60+ failed votes in the House of Representatives to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act, two Supreme Court rulings and a presidential election, the entire field of Republican presidential candidates is still trying to end the Affordable Care Act and the protections that came with it, like free preventive care and ensuring that preexisting conditions aren’t used to exclude anyone from the coverage they need.

 

And now, the party is moving to protect their extreme candidates from scrutiny by claiming media bias to try to get out of primary debates, and in the process, shutting out any Hispanic network from asking them questions. From a New York Times Editorial this week titled, “G.O.P.: Save Your Candidates From Themselves:

“Late Sunday, representatives of a dozen Republican presidential candidates, who were frothing over their treatment in last week’s debate, shut the Republican National Committee out of a meeting during which they essentially chucked its earlier guidance out the window. To please Donald Trump, who pledges to build a 1,000-mile wall between the United States and Mexico and boycott any debate sponsored by the Spanish-language TV network Telemundo, these Republicans want to scrap the only debate to be hosted by Latino media.”

“…nearly every time a candidate complained about the media, it was after he or she was asked to explain a policy proposal or past action that’s of legitimate concern to voters. The debaters seemed to find it unfair to ask that they explain how they might simultaneously slash taxes and the federal deficit; deport 10 million people overnight; or cut the tax code from 70,000 pages to three. Alas, too many in a field of 14 contenders seem to have concluded that advancing wild ideas and attacking those who would question them are good ways to get attention.”

“If the last few weeks are any indication, Republicans have a lot to worry about with just over a year left until the next elections. Rather than trying to hide their record by claiming media bias, Republicans ought to explain to the American people why one year from today they should vote to go back to the same failed policies of the last Republican administration that left office with the middle class in tatters, countless Americans losing their homes, and now want to deny millions of people the health care coverage they need for themselves and their families. A year out, the stakes are high, and the contrast is already clear.”  – DNC Communications Director Luis Miranda