Remember back when I said that the GOP as currently constituted is pulling away from the American shore?
Hereunder, this week’s exhibits pointing to same:
- Robert Marshall, a Republican delegate in Virginia, on why he voted against the judicial nomination of a gay prosecutor: “Sodomy is not a civil right.” Yes, he really said that. On the other hand, 50% of Americans now support marriage equality — and we learned a few months ago that among 18-34 year olds, that support stands at 70%.
- A study produced by a GOP SuperPAC “suggested hiring as a spokesman an ‘extremely literate conservative African-American’ who can argue that Mr. Obama misled the nation by presenting himself as what the proposal calls a ‘metrosexual, black Abe Lincoln’.” Because being Lincolnian, and knowing your way around a suit, is a bad thing. (Weird side note: The man who commissioned this report is Joe Ricketts, “the patriarch of the family that owns the Chicago Cubs“). (Also, if I may: “extremely literate”? Really? Can his name be Mr. Tibbs?)
- Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, on the JP Morgan trading debacle: “The $2 billion JPMorgan lost someone else gained…. I would not rush to pass new legislation or new regulation.”
All of this — from the vile anti-gay biogtry, to the old-school (and equally vile) Fear of Smart Black Men, to the complete cluelessness about what losing $2 billion might mean to the American public (especially as “a larger loss could have fallen to the taxpayer because as a federally regulated bank, JPMorgan benefits from depositors insurance“) — is really pretty horrifying. I sit and listen to these things and my skin crawls, and my heart pounds, and my blood pressure rises, because it is clear to me that the people saying these things have very little understanding of the actual humanity buried by their words. The lives, the blood and bone, of actual people.
But at the same time — even as my skin crawls — I feel an odd, reverse-flip kind of hope.
Because America is changing. Because as loathsome as all of the foregoing is, it is all an indication of a party that is truly unmoored from the concerns of the society it seeks to lead.
None of which is to say that we should let down our guard — Republican delegates, wealthy Super PACs, and Presidential candidates are powerful forces and must be reckoned with.
But the more we reckon with them, the smaller their power will grow. And the more perfected our union.