Meghan McCain’s latest piece exemplifies the problems of the GOP that I have been talking about for years:
It is no secret that the Republican Party, for all its faults, consistently displays party unity. But Democratic leaders seem more concerned with their own personal agendas than supporting President Obama and the future of their party.
The Republicans believe solely in this “party unity”, and somehow our nation of 300 million+ is supposed to be equally divided by two political sides. Instead of welcoming in diverse views, the GOP tries to oust members who may stray from one of the talking points (see Arlen Specter).
There is nothing in the oath of office, for the President or either house of Congress, that says you are there to represent your party. The Constitution says nothing about representing party either. Instead this is a belief the GOP has come up with, and one that is proving lethal for them. It echoes the entire meme of George Bush; “you are either with us or against us”. Just this time we aren’t talking about terrorists.
If the GOP wants to ever regain popularity, they must quickly come to realize that this entire act of political segregation is not the way. The Democrats offer many diverse views into the wings -just compare Evan Bayh to Dennis Kucinich. So as people feel that the GOP isn’t for them, they are left with either becoming a Democrat or joining the growing numbers of independents. The outcome of this will not prove helpful to the Republicans at all.