"The Republican slide into total epistemic closure and political marginalization has now become a free-fall. This party, not to mince words, is unfit for government," writes Andrew Sullivan. "There is no conservative party in the West - except for minor anti-immigrant neo-fascist ones in Europe - anywhere close to this level of far right extremism." The British National Party's "incentives to emigrate" plan sounds a lot like self-deportation to me. But that outfits usually polls in the low single digits, not at the Romney level of - poetic justice - 47%.
If immigration reform starts to look serious, look for the Know-Nothing wing of the GOP, with Steve King in the front rank, to show its true mass-deportation colors soon.
But even "go away and don't talk Spanish in front of me in the Wal-Mart line" is a stance for something, something the GOP seems incapable of:
Increasingly, it is becoming clear that the party is against everything and for nothing.Today's big news will come out of Hawaii - the appointment of Dan Inouye's replacement. With time zones it'll be late afternoon. Stay tuned.
Nothing on taxes. Nothing on gun control. Nothing on climate change. Nothing on gay marriage. Nothing on immigration reform (or an incremental, piece-by-piece approach, which will result in nothing). It’s a very odd situation when the losing party is the party refusing to negotiate. It may be how you disrupt, but it is not how you govern, or how you ever hope to regain a majority.