That’s The Anonymous Liberal’s diagnosis of what ails the Republican Party:
Republicans are coming across as a bunch of obnoxious, unreasonable a-holes. When you’ve just been voted out of power for manifest incompetence and your opponents are led by a very popular and reasonable-sounding person, you don’t have the luxury of acting smug and uncompromising all the time. You have to acknowledge error and show some humility. You have to act civilly. You have to at least try to appear pragmatic and reasonable. But the GOP is not interested in doing any of these things. Those who are left in the party are ultra-partisan and utterly convinced of their own infallibility and moral righteousness. Until they lose that attitude and general combativeness, it won’t matter what their ideas are. They’ll just keep turning people off.
I think he’s partly right, but I also think that on a whole host of issues — from marriage equality to stem-cell research, from torture to taxes — most Americans disagree with the GOP’s positions.
They need to fix both the attitude and the ideas.