Though the basic batsh*t-craziness of the contemporary GOP is sometimes helpful in electing Democrats, it’s actually quite bad for the country. So – from a patriotic rather than a partisan viewpoint – the most important political task ahead is bringing the Republicans into the wider reality-based community. I’d love the luxury of arguing about the New Deal, the Great Society, and their virtual completion with the passage of Obamacare rather than having to defend the values of the Enlightenment from a collection of Yahoos with empathy deficits.
Political parties, like other organisms, learn from experience. If the Republicans lose this year, they might start to rethink their recent strategies. If instead they were to win (absit omen!) then they will be reinforced in their current behavior pattern.
That is, they will be reinforced in:
Constant, shameless lying
Downward class warfare
Global warming denialism/Lysenkoism
Even if you’re unhappy with some aspects of Obama’s performance, does that really look to you like a favorable development in terms of its effects on progressive goals?
Update In the “constant, shameless lying” department, the Romney campaign has an ad up repeating the discredited rumor that Chrysler is going to outsource Jeep manufacture to China, when in fact it plans to build Jeeps in China for the Chinese market.