... because they want to be DemocratLite. That they are irrelevant is illustrated in this post by our Monestary of Miscellaneous Musings.
And more evidence how this (the Tea Parties) isn't a G.O.P. thing:My best example is the health care reform craze that's sweeping the nation. Every time you hear some Republican talking head discuss it, they always say something like, "Yes, we need it, but we don't want it in the form Obama is suggesting ..."Something hugely significant just happened here at the Sacramento Tea Party. Organizer Mark Meckler singled out GOP opportunists who wouldn’t give him the time of day weeks ago — and then wanted to hitch their wagons to the Tea Party bandwagon at the last minute.
Meckler said he heard that California GOP chair Ron Nehring was in the audience. Meckler invited him to say hi to the crowd — and then ripped him for waffling on the massive tax hike ballot measures (particularly Prop1A - $16 billion tax hikes).
Massive boos from the crowd of thousands here against the Calif. GOP establishment.
The reason the Republicans are irrelevant is that this is total nonsense from beginning to end. All of the health care reform efforts on the table vow to give things to people who haven't earned them. It doesn't matter how nice this would be or how much those people need health insurance, they can't have it. We're out of money. There is no money to pay for this, not in taxes, not in borrowing, not even in printing.
Health care for all will never, ever happen. Oh sure, we might manage to pass legislation and we might allocate funds in the budget, but those funds don't exist. It's simply a fantasy to talk about health insurance for all.
The time is coming when we will not be able to print money to cover our deficits because the Dollar will have been replaced as the global reserve currency. The time is already here when there's no one available to lend us the money we want to spend. Very, very soon, everyone in the US will only be able to consume what we as a nation produce, less the interest payments on our gargantuan debt. We will have less than we have right now and right now we don't have universal health coverage.
The Republican Party is irrelevant because it's the me-too party of a doomed governing philosophy.