David Kirkpatrick

November 6, 2008

A note to the GOP

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 11:49 am

Between the classless booing and catcalling during McCain’s excellent concession speech, and news like this:

Barack Obama has not even been sworn in yet as the 44th president of the United States but groups are springing up online calling for his impeachment. On Facebook, an “Impeach Barack Obama” group has attracted more than 700 members and a lively debate about the Democrat’s election victory on Tuesday over Republican John McCain.

Another Facebook group of the same name has 160 members and urges others to join because “we might as well get a head start on the impeachment of Obama.”


The Republican Party is in danger of marginalizing itself out of existence. Remember the Whigs? The Know-nothings? Political parties historically do die in this nation.

Right now the GOP brand is not small government. Hard to make that argument after the rabid support of two Bush 43 terms. There is the strong taint of corruption and hypocrisy. Lovely dance partners there.

I do think the lunatic fringe is not all that large in the party, but it has become the public face — religious extremists, anti-intellectual/anti-science morons and people who prefer hate over reason. It might not be accurate, but that is the GOP brand.

GOP, you created and abetted the “base” base and in turn created the latest brand. I’m ready to see a party that represents my interests — true small government, strong belief in civil liberties, free-market capitalism and moderate social policy. I no longer get any of my ideal government from the GOP. Don’t get it from the Democratic Party either, but the last eight years was an epic GOP failure.

Oh, and to the fools who are already advocating impeaching Obama? Yeah, that worked so well before. The baseless impeachment gong was beaten so hard during the Clinton years it broke. Put your tiny mallet away and just go home.


  1. Not to mention that a liberal Democratic Congress would NEVER even consider impeaching Obama – even if there was overwhelming and just cause.

    Comment by jonolan — November 6, 2008 @ 12:05 pm

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