And now the deliberate intransigence and intolerance by the Republican Party leadership is tearing at the party from within, as this recent article by longtime Blogcritics resident and leader of the Republican Liberty Caucus Dave Nalle clearly shows. On the orders of the Republican Party elite, "bipartisanship," "negotiation," and "moderate" have become terms of shame and scorn among conservatives. If the Republicans lose in the upcoming November elections, it seems that their reaction will be anything but realization that they need to change their message and return to being a "big tent" party; instead, it's much more likely that they will demand ever more conservative policies from their politicians, never mind that their current positions are much further to the right than the Republicans would have tolerated (much less supported) during the Reagan era.
Indeed, any careful analysis of the fiscal policies supported by the current Republican presidential ticket will reveal that they not only largely support the same policies that nearly drove America off the fiscal cliff under George W. Bush, but do so to an even greater extent: larger tax cuts for the wealthy and the corporate elite, larger spending cuts to everything but Medicare and Defense, and yet more deregulation of Wall Street. Bush's policies nearly brought America and the world into another depression, yet Romney wants those same polices, but even more so? To make matters worse, the foreign policy positions of both Romney and Ryan are closely aligned with those of George W. Bush. And where did that get us? Afghanistan and Iraq.
Yet the Republicans don't really have a choice, do they? They've painted themselves into a rhetorical corner by deciding to oppose whatever the Democrats want, regardless of whether the Democrats want what the Republicans have supported in the past. That means that if the Democrats want to do something that is good for America, the Republicans force themselves to vehemently oppose it, and instead wind up supporting positions that are not popular and have brought nothing but fiscal and social disaster in the past. But what else can they do? They can't allow themselves to work with the Democrats, the very suggestion of which is strictly forbidden.