Behold the Blue Wall

UntitledWas just ranting about this this morning, and now here is a conservative columnist who calls himself “GOPlifer” and writes for the Houston Chronicle saying the same thing: despite taking the Senate, Republicans are not in good shape and have no legitimate claim to any kind of mandate from the American people. Voter suppression is not a winning strategy in the long-term. No Republican will be occupying the White House any time soon. They’re a wingnut party and their prospects are dim and growing dimmer.

I want to see the modern Republican party buried, but I also want a sane, rational Republican party to reemerge with actual will and intent to govern this nation, because we desperately need a true foil to the Democrats if any progress is to be made by our horrendous two-party system.

You should go read the whole thing, but here’s the money shot:

The global economy is undergoing a massive, accelerating transformation that promises massive new wealth and staggering challenges. We need heads-up, intelligent adaptations to capitalize on those challenges. Republicans, with their traditional leadership on commercial issues should be at the leading edge of planning to capitalize on this emerging environment.

What are we getting from Republicans? Climate denial, theocracy, thinly veiled racism, paranoia, and Benghazi hearings. Lots and lots of hearings on Benghazi.

It is almost too late for Republicans to participate in shaping the next wave of our economic and political transformation. The opportunities we inherited coming out of the Reagan Era are blinking out of existence one by one while we chase so-called “issues” so stupid, so blindingly disconnected from our emerging needs that our grandchildren will look back on our performance in much the same way that we see the failures of the generation that fought desegregation.

Something, some force, some gathering of sane, rational, authentically concerned human beings generally at peace with reality must emerge in the next four to six years from the right, or our opportunity will be lost for a long generation. Needless to say, Greg Abbott and Jodi Ernst are not that force.

“Winning” this election did not help that force emerge. This was a dark week for Republicans, and for everyone who wants to see America remain the world’s most vibrant, most powerful nation.