The content of those messages, though, gives me ample avenues for objection, and not simply because I disagree with most principles and goals of the GOP. In the case of the email I received this morning, I have to complain from a professional standpoint because the message is self-defeating – idiotic to distribute – and equivalent to the Republican Party shooting itself in its own big, fat foot.
I should attend the Conservative Political Action Conference in March, today’s message reads, because it will feature “Senator Ted Cruz, Congressman Paul Ryan, Governor Chris Christie and other top party leaders(.)”
After I read that line, I actually double-checked the sending address; my first impression was that this was a prankish email sent from some progressive political group, or even the DNC.
For it to actually come from email@example.com indicates these folks are digging an even deeper ditch between their elected officials, and between themselves and voters, too. Only an idiot would have tried this one.
Come on, now; one of their “top party leaders” is Cruz? Whose filibuster last September is credited with prodding the pointless (and costly) 16-day government shutdown one month later? Who other Republicans had to distance themselves from at that time, even avoiding being seen with him in public? And who angered his party’s top dogs in Washington just a couple of weeks ago when he threatened another meaningless filibuster, leading Cruz to complain about “trickery” within the Republican Party? Despite all those intramural battles, which a seasoned political reporter recently said makes the senator “so hated among his Republicans,” Cruz is somehow a “top party leader,” according to the national GOP.
Then there’s Paul Ryan, whose 2012 budget proposal was criticized by party poster-boys Ron Paul and Rick Santorum, even the Club for Growth. Other Republicans bitch-slapped Ryan on budget issues all over again just a couple of months ago; this time, Club for Growth was joined by Heritage Action and FreedomWorks in criticism of Ryan. Sen. Marco Rubio used national media to criticize him in December, too, leading to exchanges that were covered like a spat between Hollywood lovers. But this guy – who some conservatives say cost Republicans the presidential election in ’12 because Ryan was on their ticket as VP – is one of their “top party leaders(.)”
And then, dragging the line down even deeper in dirt, there’s Chris Christie. That’s right, the guy who we recently learned had ordered shutdown of traffic lanes leading to the town of a mayor who didn’t endorse Christie’s last New Jersey governor campaign (and which contributed to the death of an elderly woman). His personal advisor is pleading the Fifth on that one, too. Add in all the juicy details of Christie using Hurricane Sandy relief funds to buy endorsements and fund political projects, along with other misuse and illegality now being investigated by the feds, and it should seem obvious that the GOP needs to keep him in their (what must be arena-sized) skeleton closet. Despite all those scandals, Christie is a “top party leader”?
The Republican Party today is fractured into sawdust-sized splinters – various oppressive religious factions, representatives of the highest-bidding corporations instead of constituents, pranksters who deal emergency funds in exchange for political favors (even if it winds up costing innocent lives), egomaniacs competing in a “no, *I’m* more conservative!” showdown on some “America’s Got Zealots” series.
And so divided and falling is this group that the only ones left it can call “leaders” are those who start fights in their own locker room. Who tear up their own team’s playbook. Who won’t block for their own starting runningback. And whose latest scandals are so deep and detailed that they require update on national news more frequently than the Weather Channel’s “On the 8s” forecasts.
Give it up already, GOP. At the very least, take me off your damn email list.