I’m still a Republican, but my party needs to be fumigated: Tom Nichols

“One day we’ll be needed to recreate the GOP as a center-right party rather than a vehicle for inane populist keggers. For now, I hope Democrats win Congress in 2018.”

From USA Today:

Republicans once believed in limited government, fiscal restraint, support for the defense and national security establishments, family values, and a strong American role in maintaining global order. More than that, we were the party that believed in logic and prudence over emotion. Our hearts were perhaps too cold, but never bleeding.

Today’s Republicans, however, are a party of bellowing drama queens whose elected representatives blow up spending caps, bust the deficit, and attack America’s law enforcement and national security agencies as dangerous conspirators. Their leader expects banana republic parades, coddles the Kremlin, protects violent men in positions of responsibility, and overlooks child molestation. The rank-and-file GOP members who once claimed that liberals were creating a tyrannical monarchy in the Oval Office now applaud the expansion of the presidency into a gigantic cult of personality.

So, am I still a Republican?

Democrats’ 2018 Advantage Expands

“Democrats’ already wide advantage over Republicans in a hypothetical Congressional matchup has grown, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS. At the same time, enthusiasm about voting next year has increased among Democrats nationwide following an unexpected win in Alabama’s Senate special election and a strong showing in Virginia’s state government elections last month.”

Nevertheless, polls don’t always get it right. In fact, if the 2016 presidential election is anything to go by, polls can get it severely wrong — and at the worst possible time.

So we’ve all learned — or should have, by now — not to pay too much attention to polls.

Still, the recent election results could be a sign that the Republican Party is beginning to fall out of favor with the voting public. The midterm elections will either confirm or refute such a prognosis.