Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Another Shocked and Sad Republican

Michael Stafford, a former official of the Delaware Republican Party, jumps ship.

From the moment the Tea Party emerged on the scene, I had a premonition that I would eventually have to leave the GOP. But my mind conjured innumerable reasons for delay — for putting off the day of reckoning in the desperate hope that some game-changing miracle would occur, such as a victory by Governor Jon Huntsman in the Republican presidential primary.

The Tea Party finally did it for him, huh? So he was on board with Newt Gingrich, Tom DeLay, and the Clinton witch-hunts and impeachment in the ’90’s, the stolen election in 2000, the Bush wars, and political revenge operations run out of the West Wing and Justice Department at the hands of Dick Cheney and Karl Rove? It was the out-and-proud racism and xenophobia of the Know-Nothings that broke the camel’s back? He must have a high level of tolerance for bullshit.

Ultimately, leaving the GOP was necessary in order to maintain my own integrity. Leaving is also a public act of personal protest. I am under no illusions about its broader significance — it will have no impact on the trajectory of the political narrative in this nation. But that does not make it futile. On the contrary, as the shadows lengthen, such minor individual acts of defiance and dissent are more critical now than ever before.

Well, I’ll give him some very little credit for leaving the party, but it’s far too late, and I can’t help but think that if he really wanted to save his party as well as his integrity, he would have fought harder from within to bring it back from the loony bin.