George Polisner: Societal imperatives that could have been addressed in President Obama’s first term were constrained by his failure to understand that this is not the GOP of Presidents’ Lincoln or Eisenhower.
Berry Craig: Trump isn’t dividing the GOP. His policies have forged a white quadruple alliance of plutocrats, George Babbitts, neo-Confederate yahoos and Christians of the Jesus-loves-me-but-He-can’t-stand-you-persuasion.
Jaime O’Neill: I don’t know them personally, of course, but I surely hate the Scrooge-like mean streak and callousness they embody, along with their perverse values and sense of entitled superiority to most everyone else.
Berry Craig: The Republicans started down the “states’ rights road” in the 1960s with the Nixon-era “Southern Strategy.”
John Peeler: The campaign became a competition for who could be most anti-establishment, most angry, most intransigent. And Trump has won this competition by saying out loud what Republican leaders for fifty years have said only in code. Trump and KKK
Lawrence Rosenthal: he profound dysfunction on display in the Republican party’s contest for its 2016 presidential nomination reflects an intra-party civil war that has been simmering for the past 25 years and has now burst out of control. gop implosion
Robert Reich: I, for one, regret its passing. Our nation needs political parties to connect up different groups of Americans, sift through prospective candidates, deliberate over priorities, identify common principles, and forge a platform. Republican Party Died
Brent Budowsky: The pressure from GOP leaders will momentarily become excruciating on lagging candidates such as Jeb Bush to withdraw from the race and endorse a center-right candidate such as Marco Rubio, who consistently runs slightly ahead of Clinton in polls.
Larry Wines: The Post says the insiders, in desperation, have launched a “Draft Romney” movement. It’s in response to Jeb Bush’s inability to get traction, along with a feeling that it just isn’t Marco Rubio’s time.
David Love: In a line of work where people are known to lie, embellish, stretch the truth and engage in artistic license, even Dr. Carson has gone over the line.
David A. Love: Republicans have allowed extremists to hijack their party and turn it into a White Citizens’ Council, a white nationalist organization in the mold of the Southern segregationist Dixiecrats of a bygone era.
Kathleen Wallace: It was all kind of humorous, except for the fact that their most dogged survival of the dimmest (but richest) is currently hurting so many.
Brent Budowsky: There is a GOP distemper in Washington, an overreaching of aggressive tactics against Democrats and an underachievement of success in governing. The result? Obama rises in favorability, Clinton rises against Republicans.