Potomac Fever is the blog of the Hamilton College Semester in Washington Program.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
The State of the Republican Party
As we discussed the state of the Republican nomination last Wednesday morning, I could not help but think about the ideological discrepancies that currently exist within the Republican party. How can a party nominate and fully support a candidate without a sense of unity? In the Economist's Democracy in America blog, they discussed this topic further:
"It's a structural feature of a contemporary Republican Party whose pieces don't hang together. Pro-Iraq-war neoconservative Republicans cannot actually live with Ron Paul Republicans. Wall Street-hating anti-bail-out Republicans cannot actually live with Wall Street-working bail-out-receiving Republicans. Evangelical-conservative Republicans cannot actually live with libertarian, socially liberal Republicans. Deficit-slashing Republicans cannot live with tax-slashing Republicans. Medicare-cutting Republicans cannot live with Medicare-defending Republicans."
Will the republican party unify in order to have a shot at the election? I was discussing this matter with another intern who said: "Republicans might have trouble choosing a nominee, but at the end of the day we will absolutely band together to make sure Obama does not get into office for a second term." I asked if he was excited about Romney and his responded "no, not really, but us republicans, we stick together."