The general electorate might not like Ryan’s budget, but Republican primary voters — or at least the organizations that are assumed to represent Republican primary voters — love it.
The Ultras control the GOP nominating base. That’s it. That’s all you need to know about the modern GOP. Unlike the Democrats during their ’90s DLC-led makeover, the GOP isn’t going to start recruiting more moderate candidates who can win general elections. They have decided to recruit the most conservative they can find, because ideological purity is a winner for them. Ideological purity drives moderate Rs and conservative Indies away…and the GOP is betting it won’t drive them into the arms of the Ds, unloved as they are by many mod Rs/Cons Indies. No, they’re betting their party disaffecteds will either hold their nose and pull the lever for the Ultra; or stay home. That’s their winning strategy.
More, alarming, Ezra:
Grover Norquist is trying to train 150,000 activists to make the pitch for the plan. “The challenge will be to teach each of our activists to deliver the Ryan speech,” he said. American for Prosperity, the group most associated with the Tea Party successes in the 2010 cycle, whipped yesterday’s Senate vote. [Emphasis added]
That’s 150,000 people talking up the budget at their neighborhood block parties, at their kids’ birthday parties, at their family reunions, at their church picnics, at the grocery store, to their fellow employees out back on a smoking break…
People, be very afraid. But more importantly, be involved. Contact Media Matters/PoliticalCorrection and tell them you want to help push back against the GOP disaster that is the Ryan Plan. Phone number is: (202) 756-4100. Do your bit to save your country!