As the implosion of the Republican party continues, many so-called establishment Republicans are now vehemently speaking out against the likes of Donald Trump, Sarah Palin and the others in the extremist wing of their party. Over the past few years we have seen the rise of the extremist faction of the GOP, known as the “Freedom Caucus,” and the delusional obstructionist group known as The Tea Party bring conventional GOP politicking to a near standstill.
It seems like every news cycle brings a new story of division, chaos and all out warfare within party ranks. In the past few weeks we have seen Republican Senator, and one-time Presidential candidate, Lindsey Graham refer to his party as “Bat-Sh#t Crazy”, Senior Republican Senator Orrin Hatch warn of revolt should Senator Ted Cruz get the nomination, and former Bobby Jindal supporter Republican Sheriff Newell Normand now call Jindal a cult leader.
This past week on “The O’Reilly Factor”, Fox News Host Chris Wallace brutally criticized last Thursday’s Republican Presidential Debates stating,
Let me just say, big picture, I thought it was an embarrassment for the Republican party. There were a lot of shots taken a lot of shots scored, but there was precious little vision and almost no discussion of the issues. What are you going to do, how are you going to improve people’s lives?
In the months leading up to the Presidential Elections, mainstream Republicans are trepidatious at the prospect of a candidate like Trump or Cruz having to run against a sane and well-informed Democratic Candidate such as Clinton or Sanders. This would not only cost them a seat in the White House, but could very well cause them to lose their already precarious hold on the Senate.
Will these concerns bring about a complete purging of the extremists, lunatics and hate mongers from the GOP? Or does the poison now run so deep within the Republican Party that the GOP is destined to become a political non-entity after the 2016 election?
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