The government shutdown will continue because the GOP has nothing more to lose. It is sad, but the Grand Old Party is finally succumbing to an internal infection in a small part of its body that now prevents it from curing itself.
It is a lifestyle problem actually. Instead of developing good ideas and taking advantage of its traditional business savvy, in 2010, the GOP found it could get a quick fix from rounding up anti-government folks from rural and Southern areas with mediocre educational opportunities. It was easy money for the GOP, with a few sound bites from Fox News and CNBC, they did not have to actually provide ideas, just criticize anything Washington. Unfortunately, that began the dumbing down of the Republican Party.
The infection got out of control, when the true diplomats in the party began losing in low-voting primaries to radical rightists. The Tea Party supporters turned out to vote while moderate Republicans erroneously assumed that once the party took Washington, the old GOP machine would rule. Instead, the inexperienced and simplistic arrived in Congress, only able to make noise, as their radical platform was so far from mainstream America that they were destined to lose all legislative jousts.
Additionally, the GOP at all levels began actively blocking any legislation that would help women, youth and minorities. The party had double-downed on a far-right and anti-government stance, sacrificing huge sections of the voting populace. Perhaps the saddest picture in the news from the recent shutdown is the room of eight white men, mostly grey and balding, sent as the cross-section of their party to be “conferees” to a non-existent meeting with the Senate. In this opportunity to garner some publicity, the GOP again proved the infection had gone to its brain by not including even a token woman, Hispanic or young legislator.
The alienation spread to moderate conservative thinkers, who could not eagerly support a policy built on fooling simpletons, rather than smart ideas. Now we have the Republican house again doubling-down on the shutdown, and much political posturing, in a desperate attempt to fool more simpletons, as they can no longer go back to real diplomacy and ideas.
The ailing GOP has turned delusional and does not know how to pick its battles. It quickly lost on the Obamacare shutdown, when most the thinkers in the GOP knew that was a losing proposition. Now they plead for “negotiations” and “compromise” after five years of practicing a policy of blocking anything Obama, regardless of whether it would help the country. Several House lawmakers are on record of saying, they need to get “something.” The GOP is ready to settle for some consolation prize, just to get to leave with some semblance of dignity. It will not happen.
Just as Karl Rove frantically looked for technical problems in the Fox election room, incredulous that they really lost their last chance to rule the land, the current Republican group thinks it can re-negotiate the outcome of the election. Even if he wanted to, Obama cannot be party to setting a precedent that a group of desperate, losing politicians can change the majority rule concept that is the foundation of democracy. Nowadays, the markets go up every time the Republicans lose. People with money instead of political ambitions riding on the outcomes, do not want to see a change in our system by political terrorism, even if they are intellectually opposed to the president’s platform.
So here we are with the GOP reps hollowly making weak attacks to defend their indefensible stance. After all, at this point, they have nothing more to lose.