Republicans have become a caricature.
It's clear, from my point of view anyway, that republicans are in denial. They don't realize that America has changed. They don't realize they need to address more sweeping problems and reach out to people who aren't white. They need to broaden their values to more than: no taxes, Jesus, babies and guns. They also need to have more intelligent leaders, as opposed to Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Sarah Palin and the like. Bobby Jindal, governor of New Orleans, is one of the only republicans who truly strikes me as a future leader. They need to offer real solutions because it's not the America of old.
Want to see how much in denial they are? Just listen to NPR's interview with Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan.
Republicans are now gleeful over the Blago scandal. They're happy that it's not there guy soliciting sex in a toilet. But Continetti reminds them that they needn't be so cheery.
NPR: The GOP's overall situation remains poor. Barack Obama won an impressive victory in November, and the Republicans are unlikely to take back Congress anytime soon. What's more, the share of voters who identified as Republicans on Election Day was the lowest it has been in more than 20 years. And Obama won lopsided victories among groups that will only play a larger role in our politics as time goes on — young people, for example, whom Obama won by a 2-1 margin. And Latinos, whom Obama won by a similar margin. The only age group that went for McCain was 65 and older. That's not what you would call a good sign for the Republicans' long-term future.
Obama is popular, and his agenda is, too. A recent poll found that 60 percent of respondents support Obama's plans for massive infrastructure spending. Voters may be split on whether or not to bail out the Big Three auto companies. But they will not like Republicans anymore — trust me on this — if the GOP drives those companies into bankruptcy and is indirectly responsible for massive layoffs.
The GOP's problem is that it obstinately refuses to address the problems facing those Americans who do not listen to conservative talk radio.