My Grandfather’s Republican Party

By now all of us have probably witnessed Governor Romney’s spectacular moment of idiocy when he summarily insulted half of the United States as helpless welfare recipients dependent on the government for everything in their life. Although at his core, I do not believe Governor Romney to be a fundamentally evil guy who is bent on ending every government service program as we know it, his remarks of indicative of a much larger problem for the Republican Party, their base. To clarify a few points first, most members of my immediate family (Dad, Uncle, grandfather, grandmother) and the generation before them were and are registered members of the Republican Party in New York. Although I am sort of the black sheep in that I chose to lean toward my mom’s values and become a Democrat, I like to think of myself as slightly more conservative than the typical Oxy student. Although my family had always traditionally voted for Republicans, every one of them crossed party lines to vote for President Obama in 2008 and will vote for him again in 2012 (slightly holding their nose while doing so). They are doing it for the sole reason that they simply cannot align themselves with the national Republican brand anymore. Beginning with the selection of Governor Sarah Palin for the 2008 ticket through the rise of the Tea Party to present day 2012, the Republicans have marginalized themselves to the point where even traditional GOP voters view them as obstructionist and part of the problem. When Vice President Biden said in a campaign speech that the modern day GOP “aint your grandfather’s Republican party”, it truly struck a chord as I had never viewed them as a party of obstructionists but rather as a party with a slightly different outlook than I had. Although it is unlikely, I hope for the sake of the Republican party and any lover of democracy that the tea party break off from the GOP and form their own separate political party so that the GOP can go back to being a moderate party with some good ideas and a willingness to negotiate with the other side.

Dan Wolf

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This is a blog about the 2012 presidential election. Content is generated by students in Professor Heldman's Politics 101 class. She does not necessarily endorse the views expressed here.
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