Brooks’ words so alarmed Ingraham that she suggested his rhetoric was “a little out there.” This woman belches fire on all things conservative; for her to suggest you’ve gone too far is like Charlie Sheen telling you to cut back on hookers and cigarettes.
But Brooks doubled down, repeating the claim in an interview with a website, AL.com: “What the Democrats are doing with their dividing America by race is they are waging a war on whites and I find that repugnant.”
OK, so let’s say the obvious first. There’s something surreal and absurd about this lecture, coming as it does from a member of the party that invented the Southern strategy and birtherism and whose voters were last seen standing at the border screaming at terrified Guatemalan kids.
But it’s not the ridiculousness of Brooks’ words that should be of greatest concern. Fournier is right; if something does not arrest its present trajectory, the GOP seems destined to shrink into a regional party with appeal only to older white voters.
As a practical matter, this country has only two political parties; if one ceases to be competitive, we become a de facto single-party system. That is not democracy.America needs a healthy Republican Party.
Yet for every Rand Paul trying to reach constituencies the party has written off and driven off, or to engage on issues it has disregarded, there seem to be five Mo Brookses doubling down on the politics of resentment and fear.
His party needs to realize once and for all that that it is critical for the GOP to wean itself from the cowardly belief that simply to discuss race and culture, to acknowledge disparity in treatment and outcomes and to put forward ways to address these things, constitutes “playing the race card” or “race-baiting” or fighting a “war on whites.”
That idea was always wrongheaded and dumb. Very soon it will become electorally untenable as well. The GOP must learn to speak a language it has shunned to people it has ignored.
Because its biggest threat is not the Democratic Party, but demographic reality. And right now, that reality is winning, hands down.