From the Washington Post:
“Republicans in general tend to be a group of people who like to view themselves as serious, having decorum, being orderly, being thoughtful,” said Roger Porter, who served as a senior policy official in the White Houses of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and who is now a professor at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
But, he said, Thursday’s debate “was the culmination of a long process of the people running for president this year finding themselves drug into a maelstrom in which they look anything but serious and calm and thoughtful and responsible. That’s very distressing for most Republicans. How did we get to this situation?”
More urgent, many Republicans say, is the question of how they get out of it.
1. Does this description fit members of the Republican party?
2. Can they get out of this maelstrom and if so, how?
When I was a young woman I had the view expressed in the first paragraph of Republicans. They were the grown ups. The Democrats were the party boys and girls. The Democrats had to sit things out for a while. It wasn’t until Bill Clinton ushered in a new era. It looks like the GOP didn’t learn from the mistakes of their arch enemies.
I personally think this is what happens to political parties when there is one set group-think. when people are ridiculed and all required to think alike, things break down.
Americans weren’t made to do group-think. That’s why I won’t belong to a political party. I don’t have one belief system that matches everyone else.