Mike Huckabee is lamenting the current state of the Republican Party, and most notably he is upset over the fact that the primary has been incredibly toxic in nature. Part of the problem, of course, is the fact that the toxic atmosphere is because of the GOP’s insistence on using fear and hatred as their primary weapons.
In an interview (above) with an Israeli TV station, Huckabee voiced his concerns about the toxic atmosphere in the primary, and how that discouraged him from running for President this year. Of course the fact that it would have meant giving up his job at FOX News may have also had something to do with it.
Huckabee states in the interview that “I think that there is just such a toxic atmosphere right now, specifically in the Republican party. I would love to say that it’s going to be all about ideas and solutions, but unfortunately a lot of it is about just being able to say, ‘I’m more angry at the Obama administration than somebody else.’ That’s not what motivates me politically or governmentally. I believe it ought to be about solutions.”
Of course, the fact that the Republican’s ideas have had little or not effect on the nation, and have been linked to many of the problems that the country faces does not help them run on policy ideas.
Huckabee is not the only one to voice concerns about the damage that the primary is doing.
Still, there is a reason for the GOP to be nasty, and that is fear. They are terrified of the future. As the NY Mag wrote:
Of the various expressions of right-wing hysteria that have flowered over the past three years—goldbuggery, birtherism, death panels at home and imaginary apology tours by President Obama abroad—perhaps the strain that has taken deepest root within mainstream Republican circles is the terror that the achievements of the Obama administration may be irreversible, and that the time remaining to stop permanent nightfall is dwindling away.
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The GOP has reason to be scared. Obama’s election was the vindication of a prediction made several years before by journalist John Judis and political scientist Ruy Teixeira in their 2002 book, The Emerging Democratic Majority. Despite the fact that George W. Bush then occupied the White House, Judis and Teixeira argued that demographic and political trends were converging in such a way as to form a -natural-majority coalition for Democrats.
The GOP is terrified of the future because it means less White Male privilege and power.