Ted Cruz using gay-bashing to win White House in 2016

The Republican party reminds me a lot of the Vatican.

Every time it claims to be trying to change, trying to let go of its inner-anger, the far right steps in, tut-tuts its finger, and things go back to the hateful, intolerant way they’ve always been.

Case in point: Ted “Government Shutdown” Cruz, who has majorly embraced gay-bashing as his ticket to the White House in 2016.

Cruz, a Tea Party favorite, is in the middle of the GOP primary pack for 2016. If you look at the Huffington Post’s summary of the polling among Republicans and GOP-leaning independents, you’ll see Cruz weighing in with 8.5% support, versus pack leader Jeb Bush with 13.2%

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Still, Cruz worries me. The man singlehandedly led the Republican shutdown of the government a while back, and when it comes to the Republican primaries, Jeb Bush may have the name, but he might not have the crazy, to become the Republican nominee in a primary process controlled by the craziest of the GOP crazy.

Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz (bottom right) lead "veterans" in protesting the Republicans own shutdown of the government.

Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz (bottom right) lead “veterans” in protesting the Republicans own shutdown of the government.

Thus the reason Ted Cruz is embracing the nuttiest, most extreme policies he can, including shutting down the government, and now gay-bashing.

Luke Brinker over at Salon has a good list of Cruz’s anti-gay hysteria of late, you can head over there to check it out. But what worries me is that while gays have finally won the culture wars in America, the Republican party still hasn’t given up trying to cause as much damage to gay families as possible. And Ted Cruz is exhibit A.

And while it’s all well and good to say (correctly) that angry, intolerant Republicans like Ted Cruz are only going to alienate even more youth, women, and independent voters (and the GOP also has a pretty serious problem with all of its victims finally coming home to roost), at some point crazy’s gonna win.

Look at the Tea Party problem the Republicans have been having. On the left, we all thought it was hysterical that the GOP was being taken over by a bunch of radical racists. That was until they actually started winning elections, and ultimately ended up being instrumental in shutting down the government.

And the thing is, the Republicans might win congressional seats by pandering to anger and intolerance, but the demographics suggest that it’s a lousy way to win the White House. (So, granted, from the Democratic perspective, there is a benefit, in terms of holding the presidency, to having the haters running the GOP).

Still, I’ve been waiting a few decades now for Republicans to stand up the nutjobs in their own party. And sadly, I’m still waiting.

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