Reflections on Virginia
So Eric Cantor goes down in Virginia. Putting aside the fact the disturbing fact that Virginia voters were able to find actually find a candidate to the right of the soon-to-be-former Majority Leader. What is truly remarkable is that his opponent's main line of attack was on immigration reform. Now Cantor was far from being a centrist on immigration policy. No, his sin was merely willing to be able to talk about it.
And that is the Republican problem. When a party can't talk. Can't debate internally let alone externally. Can't engage beyond its own borders. When the only politically safe ground is to meet the far right's litmus test... on EVERY issue. There really is no place to grow. No avenue to innovate. No way to respond to change.
Since I know my GOP friends like to think of the world in economic terms, I will quote the great Lawrence "Larry the Liquidator" Garfield, aka Danny DeVito from the movie Other People's Money.
And you know the surest way to go broke? Keep getting an increasing share of a shrinking market. Down the tubes. Slow but sure. You know, at one time there must've been dozens of companies making buggy whips. And I'll bet the last company around was the one that made the best goddamn buggy whip you ever saw. Now how would you have liked to have been a stockholder in that company?
Welcome to the modern GOP.