If you are inclined to look for tiny green shoots of sanity anywhere in the GOP, this from former Illinois Republican governor Jim Edgar (from the State Journal-Register):
The election also showed that, despite the sluggish recovery and high unemployment, other issues matter to voters besides the economy, Edgar said.“The Democrats were on the right side of many of those issues,” he said. “In some ways, I think Mitt Romney lost the election by winning the primary.”The GOP hurts its chances in general elections by staking out far-right positions during the primaries, Edgar said.On the key issue of immigration, for example, Edgar said his party will “go the way of the Whigs” if it doesn't rethink its stances.Echoing a common post-election theme, Edgar said the GOP needs to do a better job of reaching out to women and Latinos.
Don't get me wrong: I'm not about to bet the rent money that this will happen anytime soon, but honestly, nothing would make me happier than to see the GOP turn this kind of corner, because I really want them to stop being so casually reckless and rage-drunk and crazy.
I really want them to disenthrall themselves of their hate mongers and nihilists and shoutycrackers bigots-for-hire.
Like every Liberal I know, I want these things because it scares the hell out of me that one of our two major political parties is violently insane, and it scares the hell out of me that our elite media not only refuses to call them on it, but actively feeds them crazy pills and offers national spotlights to the worst of the bunch.
We really do have serious problem in this country that require our urgent attention. And until the Right fumigates their Party and Movement of those whose ideas kill everything they touch, who shriek "traitor" at anyone who disagrees with them and who have made it clear they would rather burn the place down than let anyone else play with it, we have no hope at all of solving the very real problems that threaten our continued survival as a nation.