The Wall Street Journal has a story on the disintegrating Republican Party:
Longtime Republican pollster Tony Fabrizio this year conducted an exhaustive survey of his party's voters to update one he did in 1997. He found that the party is significantly older and more conservative than it was a decade ago. That, he says, suggests a Republican Party increasingly at risk of being seen "as very old-fashioned, very old and not in touch with the realities of today's society."
In Mr. Fabrizio's 2007 survey of Republicans, more than seven out of 10 call themselves conservatives, up 16 percentage points from 55% in 1997. Those who call themselves moderate or liberal Republicans have declined 17 points, to just a quarter of the party from 42% a decade ago.
While the party continues its lurch to the right and alienate moderates in its rank, the Democrats have scored impressive gains with three key voting groups: young voters, Hispanics, and Independents.
In the 2006 congressional elections, Democrats won all three groups. Voters 18 to 29 years old favored Democrats over Republicans by 60% to 38%, exit polls showed. Hispanics favored Democrats 69% to 30%; Republicans' share was 14 percentage points lower than its Hispanic vote in congressional elections two years earlier. Independents went for Democrats 57% to 39%; in 2004, Democrats only narrowly got more votes than Republicans.
Vin Weber, strategist and former Republican congressman lays out the bad news for Republican partisans:
"The state of the Republican Party is worse than any time since Watergate, and arguably this is worse than Watergate, because that was about an event, whereas this may reflect a trend."
Rasmussen has some polling data that shows Democrats have opened up a breathtaking 18 point lead in the generic Congressional ballot preference. Couple this with the overwhelming fund raising advantage that the Democrats have established and you have a very hostile environment for Republicans competing in the 2008 elections.
On top of all this, Republicans have now been greeted by yet another sex scandal with the unfolding of Larry Craig's alleged attempt at a gay liaison in a Minneapolis airport bathroom. This should further undercut the Party with its strongest voting group, evangelicals and social extremists.
We need to do everything we can to hasten the demise of the Republican Party which has been hijacked by religious extremists and neoconservatives bent on spreading war and destruction around the world. These people are dangerous and they have to be stopped. None of the Republican presidential candidates (save Ron Paul) are willing to take them on. There is, therefore, no hope for the Republican Party. It has to be crushed at the polls again and again until its leaders come to their sense or the party disintegrates altogether.
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