Is the Republican Party in a Self-Reinforcing Cycle of Ever More Extreme Right-Wing Marginalization?

If Nate Silver (at FiveThirtyEight.com) is right, Republicans may be in even worse shape electorally in two years than they have been this past year:

[T]he Republicans, arguably, are in something of a death spiral. The more conservative, partisan, and strident their message becomes, the more they alienate non-base Republicans. But the more they alienate non-base Republicans, the fewer of them are left to worry about appeasing. Thus, their message becomes continually more appealing to the base — but more conservative, partisan, and strident to the rest of us. And the process loops back upon itself.

Of course, this is also how a conservative party can become an authoritarian party.

Just how far to the right can the Republican party go before it becomes a party almost exclusively inhabited by white male authoritarians, and religious authoritarians, and general hysterics constantly in a PANIC! over sex, terrorists, and immigration?

At some point conservatives have to step aside from such a party and, like King Lear, say, “No, no!—This way lies madness!”

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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1 Response to Is the Republican Party in a Self-Reinforcing Cycle of Ever More Extreme Right-Wing Marginalization?

  1. Pingback: Is the Republican Party in a Self-Reinforcing Cycle of Ever More Extreme Right-Wing Marginalization? | Right Views

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