Just two years ago, the GOP captured the House, the Tea Party was ascendant, and the rank and file had every reason to believe that Obama would be a one-termer. Now the reelected president, having vanquished Mitt Romney, is all but dictating terms on averting the fiscal cliff. No wonder the right seems to be undergoing a collective nervous breakdown.
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and William Kristol of the Weekly Standard point to the role played by right-wing media.
In addition to taxes, disagreement extends to issues such as immigration and gay marriage.
Rush Limbaugh, one of the most powerful voices on the right, is also perturbed. In his monologue Monday, posted under the heading “The Comical Floundering of the GOP,” El Rushbo describes the theory that “the Republican Party has been doing new Coke, but gradually. We have been caving on the things that identify us.” In case anyone missed the point, he adds: “The Republican Party, nobody knows what it is anymore. Whatever it used to be, it’s changing the formula.”
The Democrats went through a similar time of self-examination and redefinition after it allowed its extremists to take over the party in the 70's and 80's resulting in election losses in 1972, 1980, 1984 and 1988. The Republicans now face a similar task.