THERE ARE many challenges for Republicans, which go well beyond Democratic problems with Obamacare. At the start of the 21st century, the biggest obstacle for Republicans in a national election begins with their views on evolution and what it would mean for science and America’s progress, including climate change, if the right would ever control power in Washington.
From the Pew Forum’s latest polling:
There are sizable differences among partisan groups in beliefs about evolution. Republicans are less inclined than either Democrats or political independents to say that humans have evolved over time. Roughly two-thirds of Democrats (67%) and independents (65%) say that humans have evolved over time, compared with less than half of Republicans (43%).
The size of the gap between partisan groups has grown since 2009. Republicans are less inclined today than they were in 2009 to say that humans have evolved over time (43% today vs. 54% in 2009), while opinion among both Democrats and independents has remained about the same.
The growing skepticism in evolution coincides with the rise of the Tea Party right and the fundamentalist extremists who have taken over the presidential primary season.
Karl Rove and Wall Street want to stop the crazies from running the asylum, as they did during the 2012 election cycle, but it looks like the model used by the Heritage Foundation, which is now controlled by former Senator Jim DeMint and his Tea Party pals like Senator Ted Cruz, who turned Virginia blue through his shutdown efforts, could be a real impediment for the GOP establishment in 2014.
No doubt the latest star of the right-wing, Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson, doesn’t believe in evolution either. The majority of the Republican Party today represented by these extremist types that remain the greatest gift that keeps on giving to Democrats.
Maybe Republicans will have lose yet another election before they throw these people into a political party all their own.