When I was a Republican/religious right activist many years ago Reagan made us proud by being upbeat about America, politics and our place in the world. The Republican Party (rightly or wrongly) was all about a great optimistic future. Reagan and people like my friend Jack Kemp counted on the strength of their arguments to carry the day.
Not any more. Today the Republican Party has nothing to offer but nostalgia for perpetual whites only rule. They are empty suits counting on inertia and dirty politics of the lowest form to "win."
So instead of ideas, optimism and leadership here's what today's Republicans are counting on to win, no matter what their candidate says dismissively about the 47% of moochers he's called those of us not born into the millionaire club. Usually when a candidate tells America to go to Hell he'd lose. Maybe not. The Republicans still have a few tricks up their sleeve.
- That no matter how bad a candidate Romney is the billionaires can still buy the election for him by burying President Obama in negative ads and outspending him by 75% in PAC donations
Can an entirely negative campaign based on hate, political dirty tricks and misinformation succeed? Maybe. I hope not.
Frank Schaeffer is a writer and author of Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back.
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