Republican Party is not dead
November 10, 2008 | Everything seemed to be against
the Republican Party this year. The economic collapse
right before the election, the price of oil and the
untouchable satirically referred Messianic Obama.
On the opposing ticket you had the geriatric political
insider who seems to embody political corruption. It
certainly did not help that his vice-presidential running
mate was easily parodied and resembled his nurse.
That maybe the best part of this loss -- conservative
bloggers and pundits no longer have to pretend to like
A country that just elected a super majority in both
chambers of congress, and a landslide electoral victory
ironically still had one of the most liberal states
in the union pass Proposition 8, an amendment to the
California constitution that prohibits gay unions, a
policy that hints to very core of Republican ideology.
If the true opinion of the populace was so opposed
to the Republican base then why did we see so much of
a swing in favor of the Democratic ticket?
First, voters in California and across the U.S. continue
to elect representatives and candidates who support
an opposite of their idea so this election voters may
have started to vote in favor of their current economic
straits instead of the abstract ideas that Republicans
The economy may not be a byproduct of the elected
body but it did have the misfortune of correlating with
it making them responsible in the eyes of the voter.
It certainly hasn't helped that the banner chosen
by the other party was "change" when the current system
appears a disaster.
So perhaps the warrants of Obama were magnified by
the failure of the standing legislature. Not an unprecedented
phenomena, most political scientists expect to see a
cycle every eight to twelve years.
A theory nicknamed "throw the rascals out." The people
elect a new party with the momentum of change and hope
and carving out the corruption found inside the beltway
of Washington, DC.
So after the election the new majority settles into
becoming the corrupt standing body. When the vocal minority
it is easy to blame the standing majority for the failures
of the current system, but when you have the power you
have to run against things that you may not be able
to control but still play a roll in how people vote.
Every time a new group comes into power they vow to
really clean house and never become corrupt like the
terrible incumbents were. This time the members of the
Republican Party may have placated the ones across the
aisle, or had to many scandals begin to come to light
but it is pretty true that they became drunk with power
and began to be a symbol that the incumbency had.
Dissatisfaction and economic uncertainty pushed the
middle of our country to the party that would be more
willing to support them. Instead of the Republican Party
that encourages personal responsibility and the government
Which makes change seem pretty appealing.
Essentially, Obama became a vessel for change speaking
in the abstract and appearing to be a political outsider
that momentum carried him to the White House.
But now the Democratic Party is settling into its
power and the country is waiting to see the change.
Always reliable though the party in power will start
to be associated with whatever mistakes may have been
under or beyond their control and the Republicans will
cycle back into power. For two centuries our bipartisan
system has tugged power back and forth, and that is
not going to stop now.