Today Josh Barro posted an explanation of his decision to leave the Republican Party. For those you who followed the old GOPLifer blog, a lot of what he has to say will sound familiar. His childhood background with the party, his acceptance that Trump is a sort of proto-Fascist, and his disgust with the “sane” Republicans who have sold their souls for power are themes that ring true to many new ex-Republicans.
There is one interesting point Barro makes on which we differ. Here’s what Barro had to say about his decision to join the Democratic Party rather than remain an independent:
My editor asked why I became a Democrat instead of an independent. I did that because I believe political parties are key vehicles for policy-making, and choosing not to join one is choosing to give up influence.
He’s right about this of course, but it leaves the entire system with a dangerous problem. It isn’t possible over time to sustain a single party capable of representing the interests of both Josh Barro and Bill Maher. Right now, there is no clear explanation of how our two-party system will survive. Somebody will have to do the work of finding and building that alternative. Someone has to head into the wilderness.
I encourage you to read the whole piece.