Thursday, December 10, 2015
Conservatives Now Shocked At The Monster They Created
It started in earnest with Richard Nixon's "Southern strategy", when Republicans eagerly accepted racists into their party. The GOP thought this was their path to winning elections. And it worked. The South, which had been dominated by the Democratic Party, turned solidly Republican in just a very few elections. This proved to be insufficient in 2008 and 2012, and Barack Obama was elected. The GOP them opened its doors to the ultra-right (the John Birchers, who has previously been considered too extreme).
The GOP establishment thought they could control these groups, and use them to win elections while ignoring them after those elections. They were wrong. The racists and ultra-right nuts weren't satisfied with just being used, and they took over the party in many states. Those groups have pushed the party far into the fringe right. That is illustrated by all of the GOP candidates for president this year -- but none more so than the leader of the race, Donald Trump. A monster has been created -- and the GOP has no one to blame but themselves.
This became very clear to many mainstream conservatives in the last few days, when Trump surpassed his normal hate speech and proclaimed there should be a ban on ALL muslims entering the United States. These conservatives, especially among the media, are now trying to distance themselves from the monster they helped to create -- fearing he could seriously damage the party.
A perfect example of this comes from the reliably conservative newspaper, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Their editorial board writes:
The problem is that Trump does not stand alone. He currently has the support of about a third of all Republicans, and mainstream conservatives are terrified that he could increase that support -- and become their nominee.