The primary there is now over, except for the counting, and it’s been an … educational … past week or so. After watching the back and forth with the polls, as well as the reports from the campaign stops and debates, I’ve come away with some impressions about the Republican Party as it stands today.
First, playing the racism card is a vote-getter. Newt, Santorum, and Ron Paul were dog-whistling like it was a contest, although Newt mainly just decided to stop whistling and go for the sirens. When they weren’t doing that, they were pounding on about “states rights” and basically trying to justify the Civil War all over again. But hey, it worked.
Second, any claim the Republicans had to being the “family values” party was shown to be a lie. That rather thin covering was wadded up and thrown out the window. Let’s get real here: If any Democrat was on their third marriage, was known to have been having affairs during previous marriages, was censured for ethics violations while in Congress, and had a story come out about asking his second wife for an “open marriage,” their career would be dead. Heck, we forced people to resign for sending dirty pictures over the Internet. Republicans? Well, that’s the guy who just won the South Carolina primary! In fact, after the story from his second wife came out, his popularity increased. So any claim to stand for “traditional American family values” is pretty much toast.