Stage Right, A Little Further Right,That’s It

Watching the Republican candidates is like watching a director block a play.  They want to position themselves just right for the audience.  There is no subtlety, it is all so transparent.  If you listen to them, you will hear exactly what you want to hear.  Naturally, they know what you want to hear because you have been telling them through talk radio, FOX News (now there is an oxymoron) and the endless town meetings etc.  They do everything they can to know their audience. 

But who is this audience comprised of?  Are those that are politically excited and active enough to vote in a primary truly reflective of the Republican Party or the Republican electorate?  What does it say when in every case other than South Carolina, voter turn out has been down significantly from 2008?  It seems that the director consisting of Rush Limbaugh and his colleagues as well as the rightest wing of the Republican Party are calling the shots based on what they are hearing in the echo chamber.  And as the candidates move further to the right on both economic issues and social issues, they distance themselves further from the slightly right of center American electorate.  And these are the experts? 

Don’t get me wrong.  I love watching the Republicans paint themselves into the kind of corner that will be impossible to move out of in the general election.  It will not make a difference which of the two current front runners receives the nomination.  Every time they open their mouths, they do themselves damage.  As the “professionals”  in the Republican Party move their candidates further and further to the right, I have to wonder why they are considered professionals and why they are unable to hear the more moderate voices in the Republican Party.  Have the inmates taken over the asylum?  It is sort of like watching a Broadway show on Broadway directed by a high school drama teacher.  These pros are out of their league.  Isn’t it just great?


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