This is one more article concerning, in some form, a realigning presidential period. That we are in one now which favors the Democratic Party. Past ones, since the formation of the Republican Party in the 1850s, came in 1860 (Republican, with Abraham Lincoln); 1896 (Republican, with William McKinley); 1932 (Democratic, with Franklin Roosevelt); and 1968 (Republican, with Richard Nixon). Those believing that 2008 (Democratic, with Barack Obama) was the start of a new period can harken back to those previous realigning ones. Ones in which there was at least a catalyst, an event, which caused the electorate to turn out the party which was in power (1860: Democratic, with James Buchanan; 1896: Democratic, with Grover Cleveland; 1932: Republican, with Herbert Hoover; 1968: Democratic, with Lyndon Johnson; and, with the most recent case, 2008: Republican, with George W. Bush) and turn to the opposition party [and nominated candidate] for dealing with such crises and getting the country back to some form of health. After all those realigning election years, the following cycle resulted in the newly advantageous party prevailing for a second straight victory (as is the case with the Democrats in 2012). Bob Shrum's article highlights numerous characteristics so dumb and destructive of this current Republican Party.
The GOP Faces Years in the Wilderness After 2012 Election Losses
By Bob Shrum
Nov. 26, 2012 | http://www.thedailybeast.com/article...on-losses.html
So here is the Republican Party reinventing itself. The GOP majority in the Ohio legislature rushes to defund Planned Parenthood in its post-election session. The orange-tinted speaker of the House proposes to undo Obamacare through “oversight” in the name of “solving our debt and restoring prosperity.” Never mind that health-care reform doesn’t raise the deficit but reduces it. Or that “a new low,” 33 percent of Americans, the anti-Obama bitter-enders, still favor repealing the law (PDF). And a rising star in the GOP future, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, offers a dim view out of the pre-Darwinian past that maybe the Earth was created in seven days—and that since “theologians” disagree, we should teach “multiple theories.”