But let’s go back to the 2000 presidential election, when liberals didn’t feel threatened, and their asinine “let’s send a message by voting for Ralph Nader” gave us George W. Bush as president.
Does anybody think Al Gore would have nominated John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, clearing the way for the Citizens United ruling to tear down spending limits on elections? Would Gore-appointed justices have denuded the Voting Rights Act? I blame the liberals.
But it got even worse 10 years later, creating the main reason why our republic is in such a mess.
In 2010, the liberals and moderates stayed home while conservative Republicans voted and took over statehouses. Because it was a Census year, they redrew district lines and gerrymandered things to their advantage. That’s why in last year’s elections, even though Democrats cast more votes for their congressional candidates than Republicans did for theirs, the GOP easily held onto its majority in the House of Representatives.
Republican-dominated state legislatures and governors then did some nasty stuff in the way of voter suppression and taking away workers’ rights.
In the House of Representatives, some Republican members will say the most ridiculous, climate change-denying, Obama impeaching tripe without any worry about re-election.
Their only worry is an even more rabid right-wing conservative who may go after them in a primary. The same goes for senators in such solidly Republican states as Texas or South Carolina … or Kentucky.
Case in point is the aforementioned Mitch McConnell, who is the Babe Ruth of filibusterers. He’s employed a record number of them to see that hardly anything the president wants becomes law.
Yet, there’s a serious GOP primary challenge coming McConnell’s way in Kentucky from a tea party conservative.