I think I have said this before, but there are many rank-and-file Republicans I feel sorry for because their party has become so absolutely awful and they seem to have no idea.
I get it; being a news junkie or a political junkie is the stuff of privilege, so a lot of people jut don’t have the time tp pay close attention. However, you really have to open your eyes. If you think nominating Trump was a GOP aberration, you really haven’t been paying attention, since nominating someone so goddamned awful was inevitable, ever since the minority party elected St. Ronald of Reagan.
Looking back on what has come since then, I really can’t honestly say Reagan was the worst president ever, but he was certainly a departure. And it absolutely confirmed the Republicans’ commitment to “White America,” to the detriment of non-white America.
One of the key Republican strategies during this era was articulated in 1980 by none other than Paul Weyrich, the founder of the Heritage Foundation and the architect, with Newt Gingrich, of the modern Republican Party’s “revolution.”
Directly from the video:
“Now many of our Christians have what I call the goo-goo syndrome — good government. They want everybody to vote. I don’t want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of people, they never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not now. As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.”
If you think about this from the Republican perspective, this makes perfect sense. The GOP is a minority party, which means, when turnout is way up, they almost always lose; they have the best chance of winning when turnout is low.
Think about it; during the Fifties and Sixties, turnout was always ~60% in presidential years and ~50% for midterms, nationwide. Since 1970, both of those turnout numbers have been more than 10 points lower and Republicans have been winning just about every other presidential election and they’ve had Congressional majorities for most of the past quarter-century.
The Republican Party simply does not want everyone to show up and vote. However, their position is worse because don’t see a need for equilibrium. They think they’ll be more likely to win, no matter how low turnout goes. That is why they say and do what they say and do; the more insane they sound, the more they drive down turnout. Also, the more they get our side to scream as much as they do, the better still for them. The fact that they pass bullshit like Voter ID laws and they also purge voters from the polls with regularity is because they know it’s the only chance they have of winning, and all they really do care about is winning. They certainly couldn’t give less of a shit about governing. If they cared about governing, they would learn to do it better, but they don’t.