Letters to the Editor

GOP's campaign lunacy was self-inflicted

Beltway Republicans have become awash with consternation and regret over how their party's future has come to look at this point in the 2016 election cycle.

They hate what Trump has done to their party. The punditocracy speculates daily about the possible demise of the GOP. During a congressional dinner, Lindsey Graham even joked about getting away with murdering Ted Cruz when he said, "If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you." They only know they can't concede anything.

Here's where the GOP reaps what was sown. Its voter base has been groomed into an uncontrollable electoratenstein that can't be manipulated. After pandering to challenges from the right, good Republican office holders were decimated.

The party backed candidate after candidate like Missouri's Todd Akin, who commented on "legitimate rape," and Indiana's Richard Mourdock, who said pregnancies that resulted from rape were "something God intended."

Examples like the Affordable Care Act's bill process and government shutdowns demonstrate the GOP's definition of "compromise" has progressed from being undesirable to criminal to a sin. Now, they are reaping the whirlwind.

If it weren't for gerrymandering, they wouldn't hold the House. Without a miracle, they are likely to lose the Senate. The Republicans' chance at the White House grows more remote with every passing act of campaign lunacy.

The Hispanic demographic, which actually should be a natural fit for the GOP, is likely lost to them for a generation and maybe longer. The worldwide, international opinion of the party couldn't be lower.

This is historic. A historically misguided blunder of political expression that was brought on by themselves. I feel sorry for my many Republican friends who are thoughtful, responsible and good-hearted. They deserve better.