Please explain the Republican Party to me.
It seems as though the Republican party may be at a tipping point. They are certainly floundering, with many of their so-called "leaders" (Palin, Limbaugh, Jindal) struggling for legitimacy. I'm wondering if people can point me in the direction of some good articles on the current state of the party and its future. Articles which are written by people within the party would be preferable.
Specific things I'm interested in:
- The future of the party and specifically if there are currently any serious contenders for leadership.
- There seem to be promonent Republicans who are speaking out against certain aspects of the current party, Kathleen Parker
and Meghan McCain being a few examples. Are they being taken seriously? I can't believe that there are more extreme rightwingers than moderate Republicans, so why are the extreme ones (eg Ann Coulter, Limbaugh) getting more publicity? Sensationalism?
- Is Fox News really as influential as it seems to be?
I am in the UK and while I keep up with US politics as much as possible, I feel I am missing some things by not being there. I'm trying to avoid being meta-chatty about this, but this is something which has confused me for some time now. How have the extremists gotten such a stranglehold on the party? How can people not see hate-baiters for what they are? Is it because there has been no reasonable alternative? If anyone could point me to some thoughtful and well-written articles or commentaries that could possibly explain the current state of the Republican party and where it's going, I would be most grateful!