I call bullshit.
Several right wing commentators have written pieces recently that say, in essence:
“I have been a life long Republican.”
Over the years I’ve dismissed Democratic accusations that the GOP is home to racists and xenophobes as, at best, political noise and, at worst, slander.
But recently the GOP base that has rallied around Trump has exposed a dark underbelly I have never before seen, and accordingly I am distancing myself from the GOP."
All these guys that are now distancing themselves have known for decades what the GOP actually is.
For decades the GOP has been a gathering place for two groups of people. The first group is poorly educated aging white racists and xenophobes. This group unknowingly carries water for the second group: cynical “establishment” guys who only want tax cuts and power. This second group drives the first group by “dog whistling” racism; bloviating that the second amendment is something akin to the eleventh commandment; and pretending that they are appalled that poor women can get abortions in clinics.
Today, realizing that a huge anti-GOP wave in 2018 is inevitable, these pundits know that the true-believing GOP voters who actually turn-out in 2018 will be the voters who embrace David Duke, or almost.
The GOP’s camouflage of respectability, already thin, will be fully stripped away in the next election.
The GOP brand is becoming truly toxic, and these “I’ve seen the light guys” have not seen the light in the sense of the Prodigal Son seeing the light.
The light they have seen is this: the GOP brand is being revealed for the ugliness it is and these guys no longer want to be associated with it.
The writers and pundits who are distancing themselves from the GOP are not men and women who, like Paul, have had scales “fall from their eyes,” they are rats fleeing a sinking ship.
I predict a wave of “former Republicans” publishing Op-Eds and the like in which they back away from the GOP brand.
Instead, let’s reflect and use this thread to catalogue these faux attritional acts of conscience.