"Don't be fooled" by the so-called GOP makeover. "Rarely has it been more dangerous."


be afraid

Since the November elections, the GOP has pretended it's reinventing itself. Adorable. Or to be more current, totes adorbs.

Republicans must think America's pretty stupid if they think we're buying into that. I've posted several times about how this papering over is nothing but that: superficial nonsense, cosmetic changes in language, new talking points, fake outreach, non-inclusive inclusiveness. Take these entries, for example:

RNC Chair Reince Priebus now wants to play hero with minorities GOP hasn’t wanted to touch with a 10-foot car elevator

Doonesbury– GOP “soul-searching”: “It’s time to get serious and double down with state-by-state election rigging!”

Registered Republican since 1947: “It is quite obvious that my fellow Republicans still do not get the message.”

And back in January, there was The terrible, horrible, no good, very bad GOP dissension-slash-implosion.

They have no intention of evolving, because too many conservatives continue to be racist, homophobic, corporate, bigoted, misogynistic, ignorant, set-in-their-ways, and/or fearful members of a rapidly shrinking white majority that fears change and political outcomes (or as Rachel Maddow put it back in 2010: “Be afraid, white people! The black people are coming for you!”) among other things.

Maybe they should be called the Introspection and Diversity R Not Us party.

Tim Dickinson says as much in Rolling Stone:

Don't be fooled. On the ground, a very different reality is unfolding: In the Republican-led Congress, GOP-dominated statehouses and even before the nation's highest court, the reactionary impulses of the Republican Party appear unbowed. Across the nation, the GOP's severely conservative agenda - which seeks to impose job-killing austerity, to roll back voting and reproductive rights, to deprive the working poor of health care, and to destroy agencies that protect the environment from industry and consumers from predatory banks - is moving forward under full steam. [...]

Today's GOP may desperately need to remake itself as "culturally modern, environmentally responsible and economically inclusive," argues David Frum, a veteran of the George W. Bush White House, but it remains, he says, in the throes of a "Tea Party tantrum."

As it works to lock in as many retrograde policies as possible before it finally chooses to either modernize or die, the Republican Party is like a wounded beast: Rarely has it been more dangerous.

And then he goes on to detail his premise points at length. Take a look, right here.