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The Joy Reid Analysis of the GOP’s Dysfunction January 22, 2016

Posted by geoff in News.
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Liberal pundit Joy Reid set the dextrosphere afire this morning with her comments on the disconnect between the GOP elite and its base:

…for 30 or 40 years you’ve had the elites of the Republican party amass a large enough coalition to pass the things that the elites wanted. Namely low taxes for themselves and deregulation for their businesses. And they assembled a large enough coalition by essentially ceding blue collared white voters everything from evangelicalism and supporting them in terms of their religious faith and promising them that they would legislate around that. Promising them that they would legislate around social issues that were important to them.

*some nonsense that I skipped over*

Immigration is where the bargain just broke down. And that base, the base of the party is no longer willing to go along with any part of the elite. … Immigration was the deal-breaker and they are gone. They cannot be brought back into the tent.

While she encapsulated the issue fairly well, I disagree that immigration was the deal-breaker of itself – I think it was the deal-breaker in the context of the complete collapse of GOP-led Congress over the past year. The base became disillusioned with the GOP after Congress demonstrated an inexplicable inability to prosecute conservative principles.

Inexplicable, that is, if you assume that the GOP adheres to conservatism. Not so inexplicable if you assume that they’re just feeding at Obama’s trough.

And this has been going on for a while. After watching Republican Congress after Republican Congress fail to promote a conservative agenda, the base started waking up last year. And after hearing candidate after candidate express support for illegal immigrants, all the base’s suspicions were confirmed.

And that, Ms. Reid, is why illegal immigration appears to have been the straw that broke the GOP’s back.

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