Republicans continued their march towards irrelevancy Tuesday by passing strict abortion-restricting legislation that will never become law and reiterating their opposition to relaxing laws against immigration.
As America moves towards the moderate center and embraces gay marriage, open borders and freedom of choice for women, the rabid right-wing that controls the GOP continues to fly in the face of public opinion and tolerance.
“You would think that consistent losses at the polls would show Republicans just how out of step their party is with the majority of the nation,” pollster Shane Wills told Capitol Hill Blue Tuesday. “It looks like they will have to lose more and more elections to get the point, assuming of course they ever do.”
The party of the elephant appears unfazed by the fact that their Presidential candidates have lost the popular vote in five out of the last six elections. They ignore polls that show their ultra-conservative views alienating more and more voters.
“The party has become a puppet of the right wing,” says longtime GOP voter Sandra Goodsen in Missouri. “I find myself voting less and less Republican in each election.”
The party itself is split between those who feel moderation is the path to victory and a return to the White House but their efforts are often stymied by the hard-core right wing that controls the House of Representatives and the GOP leadership.
“In the GOP, the wackos are in charge,” says former Republican Andrew Luskshire, who became an independent after the 2012 election. “I can no longer be part of a party controlled repressive conservatives.”
The anti-abortion bill passed by the GOP-controlled House will go nowhere in the Senate, where the Democratic party maintains the edge. House Republicans also want to put the brakes on efforts to give illegal immigrants currently living in America a chance at citizenship.
“Odd, isn’t it,” says political activist Sandra Sullivan. “We are a nation founded by immigrants who now live in a nation where Republicans want to limit immigration.”
Recent polls show most Americans feel the Republican party is wrong with its strident opposition to gay marriage, women’s rights and immigration.
Some Republicans agree. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said of his party: “We’re in a demographic death spiral as a party.”