It isn’t really all that hard anymore to show how Republican candidates are awful people. The tragedy of this is that it making the actually moderate Republican voters lose faith in their party. But if one wants to examine this issue in a serious way, it really doesn’t take more than looking beyond Rush Limbaugh. His comments about Sandra Fluke made the front page. 45 advertisers and counting have backed away from his show, not wanting their brands to be forever tarnished by him. Given this, one would naturally conclude that he would back off a little, be more careful.
But this isn’t a perfect world. In this world, Limbaugh comes back from making incredibly sexist comments, by making more incredibly sexist comments. He talked in his latest show about the author, Tracie McMillan. Apparently, according to him –
“What is it with all of these young single white women, overeducated — doesn’t mean intelligent.”
It’s becoming increasingly apparent that Limbaugh doesn’t like women. That much is clear beyond a doubt. He didn’t argue with McMillan’s work on its merits, he simply dismissed it because she is a woman. This man is a sexist. And his audience is sexist too. There are women who call into his show, hopping on that bandwagon, but the number is very small. The fact is that the bulk of his audience is men who are just as hateful of women as he is. This, of course, leads to the modern problem of the Republican Party – it’s poison to everyone who is a part of it.
Take a look at the presidential campaigns of the Republican candidates and its easy to see what’s wrong – nobody likes ANY of these guys running for the oval office. The primary voting numbers are beyond dismal. It’s to the point where Republican candidates are showing up in states are aren’t able to come close to filling up a room for them to speak at.
And it makes perfect sense. People like Rick Santorum, who wants to get rid of all pornography, all abortion, and all birth control. Over 90% of women in this country use birth control, either for the sexual aspect, or for the health effects it can have on things like ovarian cysts. Santorum wants to throw away any and all chance of them being able to get help.
Next up, there’s Newt Gingrich. It isn’t hard to see why Gingrich isn’t popular. He’s scum, and the Republican voters know it. He cheated on and subsequently left one wife while she was dying. He then ditched that one later. He is a horrible person. The voters know it, and they have no interest in him.
Ron Paul still have a very large cult following, but because he doesn’t go for the Republican establishment’s side of things, he is never going to get the nomination. He talks about issues I don’t agree with, but at least he is consistent, which is something that the one who is looking to be the front runner isn’t.
Mitt Romney, what can you say? Oh, right – he’s a flip-flopping, pure politics Republican. He will say anything to get elected. He tries to come off conservative, but the hardcore conservatives see right through that. He will try to be moderate, but the moderates just don’t care. They don’t like this guy, and it shows.
The fact is that it is becoming poisonous to be Republican right now. The female vote has jumped ship, once and for all (pretty much). Minorities are barely involved with them, because they have clearly been against them. The LGBTQ community knows that they are not their friends (though neither are the Democrats, which leaves them high and dry on all sides). The Republican base now is almost entirely made up of middle-aged and elderly white men. This isn’t a good number to work with, and it is showing in the polls how little it is helping them.
To put it into context how little faith people have in the Republican Party – Joe Miller, from my state of Alaska. He ran the most hardcore-conservative race that I have seen in this state (in my lifetime). He lost to Lisa Murkowski because the Republican voters didn’t find him palatable, and a lot of Democrats that I know voted for her because Scott McAdams was a nobody, and they knew it. Republicans don’t like these people, because they aren’t moderate. The Tea Party got rid of their moderates, and now, it is becoming a battle of values, not issues. That’s not what voters want to hear right now.
So, Limbaugh isn’t that big of a surprise. He is just a symptom of the overall illness within America’s conservative movement – it’s dying. The people who make up its base are dying or getting too old to care. Women aren’t on board. Minorities are scarcely on board. The LGBTQ community hates their guts. It’s poisonous to be a Republican right now.