Politico has a doggone good roundup of all the mooing, bleating and baying coming from Mitt's ornery herd. Most of the complaints are familiar. Not being a Twitter addict, I had not heard this one though:
Two prominent GOP strategists who have worked for Romney in the past, Alex Castellanos and Mike Murphy, have thrown up their hands on Twitter with apparent frustration at the trajectory of the Republican’s campaign. When Romney’s team put out a memo Monday urging reporters not to make too much of Obama’s post-convention poling numbers, Castellanos judged it “a bit weak."
Alex must want to squeeze a few more consulting dollars out of Romney Inc. Because the memo wasn't "weak." It was idiotic.
I have only one major regret--which I'll reiterate for the hundredth time--about this fireballing fiasco of a GOP presidential campaign: Mitt Romney is going to receive all the party's blame; yep, he wasn't "conservative" enough. When it's invariably pointed out by whatever wise, Grand Old men and women are left in the party that Romney could not have been more conservative than he was--or for that matter than anyone could have been--the party will dismiss this monumental truism just as facilely as it now dismisses man-made climate change or evolution. The GOP base glories in ignorance and revels in blind rage. And, as others have observed, you can't fix stupid.
The only unknowns are threaded into the above. How many wise men will be left, and how many who still care enough to speak up? Enough to revive what is unmistakably a dying political party? And revive it through whom and through what?
The only plausible course that would seem to be open to a larger electorate is a slightly slower pace of Democratic policies--in other words, a return to Eisenhower Republicanism. The GOP would undoubtedly lose its hardcore crackpots to newly erected fringe parties, but only through such a moderation will the party ever reacquire Reagan Democrats and reestablish an equilibrium among women and pick up some of the mushrooming Latino vote and reconnect with the admittedly minuscule bloc of black conservatism.
The GOP can either finish its increasingly passionate 30-year fling with extremism or it can finish itself. Post-2012, it'll be a rather straighforward case of choosing one ... or the other.