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For many years the Republican Party has been a haven for reactionary, right-wing and racist elements in the society. Many of its candidates have pandered to those elements. Bob Herbert

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We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term. Lindsey Graham

This is the two-fold truth that we as a nation should be discussing but, for the most part, are not: The Republican Party has become the instrument of a destructive force, while the response of Liberal America (including the Democratic Party) to this threat has been woefully weak. This two-sided pathology is what our national conversation should be made to focus on. That’s so not only because he captures the essential dynamic of our pathological political system. But also because the more Americans can be led to perceive this reality, the better our chances of rescuing our nation — and our children, and grandchildren — from the dark future that now threatens. Right-wing Destructiveness Plus Liberal Weakness: The Dangerous Combination Behind America’s National Crisis

The fight within the GOP, to the extent there really is one, is over strategy and tactics not goals. As much as it pleases some Village wags to think there still exists a moderate GOP that wants nothing more than to knock back scotch and sodas at the end of a long day of bipartisan horse trading just like Tip and Ronnie supposedly used to do, it doesn’t. And while it also pleases some liberals to think that there exists a genuine populist impulse on the right wing that can make common cause with Democrats, I’m afraid they too are whistling past the graveyard. The right is organized, both philosophically and institutionally as an enemy of New Deal liberalism. There may very well be discrete issues in which a few of the libertarian types can make common cause with Democrats on civil liberties, and it’s always possible that the party may find it’s useful from time to time to pretend to care about Big Banks as much as Big Government. But history suggests that conservatives’ righteous opposition to anything lies more in who they are opposing than in what. Tea Party’s horrifying cousin: Here comes “constitutional conservatism”

If these old Republican foreign policy hands want another Bush to run for president, I’m afraid that doesn’t speak very well for their political or policy judgment. There might have been a time when old Republican realists could be forgiven for mistakenly believing that a younger Bush would follow in his father’s footsteps on foreign policy, but that illusion was dispelled very quickly during the previous administration. There is no excuse at this point to put any faith in a member of that family to conduct foreign policy in a sane or responsible way. More to the point, there is every reason to believe that Jeb Bush shares his brother’s views on foreign policy and approves of his brother’s record, and absolutely no reason to think the opposite. Nothing would be less likely to enliven intra-party debate than to have what few prominent realists remain in the GOP to align themselves with another candidate named Bush as he espouses the same bankrupt ideology that almost all of his would-be competitors have been promoting for the last several years. How To Destroy Republican Realism

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Dogmatic ideological parties tend to splinter the political and social fabric of a nation, lead to governmental crises and deadlocks, and stymie the compromises so often necessary to preserve freedom and achieve progress. George Romney

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