The Future of the Republican Party
Over the last few months, I have been pondering what will become of the Republican Party that we once all supported. I am sure that we can all agree that Barry Goldwater would be ashamed of what we have become. He warned us to stay out of people's bedrooms. No longer are we the party of ideals. We are now the party of hate, fear, fiscal irresponsibility, gotchas, worldwide policemen, and the hard right of religion.
Where do we go from here?
Many of use who are more moderate or fiscally responsible feel that we no longer have a place at the table, especially after the Palin pick. The hard right has officially taken over our party.
I certainly hold no crystal ball, but based on the discontent I see in our party, I see two scenarios:
1) Moderates leave the Republican party in droves, becoming Independents, leaving a large Democratic party, and small Republican party, with the majority identifying themselves as Independent.
2) Fed up Republicans form a strong third party. This would create a large Democratic party, a medium sized Conservative/Constitutional party, and the remainder hard right Neoncon Republican party.
Regardless of what we may want to think, does anyone really believe that this race would not be 60-40 at best if Obama was named Smith, was White, and drove a pickup truck?