The GOP Alienates Another Key Constituent Group: Seniors

The Republican Party seems to be on a frantic mission to destroy their reputation with every constituency of voters in America, other than the Taliban wing of the Tea Party Christianists.

The GOP is currently engaged in nationwide battles to give government control over women’s bodies. They are exploiting every opportunity to suppress voting rights for African-Americans and other minorities. They oppose immigration reform that would eventually offer a path to legalized status for Latinos, some of whom have lived their whole lives in the United States. They obstructed the enactment of measures that would have prevented the interest rates for student loans from doubling. And, as always, they work feverishly to protect the wealthy from paying a fair tax rate, while allowing the rates to increase for those less fortunate.

So let’s see…who did they leave out? They got women, African-Americans, Latinos, youth, the poor and middle class. Who is left for Republicans to piss off?

Well, it should come as no surprise that the masterminds running the Republican machine noticed the crack in their strategic foundation and have promptly dedicated themselves to its repair.

That’s why Mitch McConnell, the Republican minority leader in the senate, jumped into action to attack Hillary Clinton, a prospective candidate for president in 2016, as an old hag, thus insulting the final demographic group that may still have had some affection for the GOP. McConnell uproariously joked…

“Don’t tell me Democrats are the party of the future when their presidential ticket for 2016 is shaping up to look like a rerun of the ‘Golden Girls.’”

Let’s just set aside the fact that “The Golden Girls” was a successful and popular sitcom that ran for seven years, with a cast of mature women who had active lives professionally, socially, and romantically. America’s seniors, who already have some cause to reject the Republican agenda that has sought to dismantle Social Security and cut funding for Medicare, can’t be too thrilled with being portrayed as useless fossils who should be consigned to history’s dustbin. Now they have been directly assaulted as has-beens, in the words of Karl Rove, who said of Clinton and her peers that “we’re at the end of her generation and that it’s time for another to step forward.”

For the record, Hillary Clinton is 65, Karl Rove is 62, and Mitch McConnell is 71. In January of 2017, when the next president is inaugurated, Clinton will be a year younger than Ronald Reagan was when his term began.

Mitch McConnell

McConnell had better start paying more attention to what’s in his own Depends. He is approaching his thirtieth year in office and has one of the lowest favorability ratings of any sitting senator. He is up for reelection next year and his first announced opponent is the 34 year old Kentucky Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes. Not exactly what you would call a “Golden Girl,” unless you what you meant by golden was someone with a rich set of skills, experience and support.

It’s hard to understand what the Republican Party is up to by alienating so many voters. Perhaps their plan to is expand their efforts to define corporations and fetuses as persons and give them the right to vote. But if they have to depend on Teabaggers, End-Timers, and NRA-theists, they are likely to find themselves elected only in districts dug into underground bunkers with ham radio reception that only gets Glenn Beck and Pat Robertson.

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7 thoughts on “The GOP Alienates Another Key Constituent Group: Seniors

  1. my grandpaw he loves to yell about the evil libs and how obama is makeing this county go to the toilet,he just loves fox news all day long and wont let my kids watch cartoons.my kids cry when they find we are going to grandpaws house, i tell them soon he will die and we can change the chanal,this makes them happy.

  2. They’d probably piss off the dead if given the chance.

  3. The Grumpy Old Party will have to become more reasonable or die! My guess is they will die? The sooner the better. Texas will be turning blue in the next 10 years and then the party will be over for the GOP.

  4. I must admit I can’t help but agree with much of what is said here – this specific issue – the GOP has chosen to NOT push actual ideas anymore, just fear of whatever is in style at the time. Somewhere between 1994 and 9/11, the powers that be in the GOP began to think attacking individuals in power such as Bill Clinton was the way to win elections. They forgot that in 1994, it was the idea of small government, lower taxes, balancing the budget (an actual alternate view) swept them to control of both the house and senate. I agree if the old guard isn’t swept away, this party will no longer be an alternative worth voting for – they really aren’t now given their desire to lord over us as supposed protectors of the people with their true desire to grow government authority over the people and use the military to attack anyone and everyone.

    • The GOP does not want to govern. They want to rule.

      • Actually, the GOP wants to dominate and CONTROL!

      • Sadly, I agree given the response to the Edward Snowdon situation by the likes of Dick Cheney.

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