The structural collapse of a decades in work Republican strategy to win State Legislatures, elect Governors, take back the House, win the Senate and ultimately the Presidency, has stalled, just short of it’s goal.
The federal strategy was: The Republican House would block functional operation of government and show, by painfully public example, that government was indeed the problem, that the resulting expanded poverty was just the result of low ambition, that greater investment in the wealthy would someday elevate the least among us, that regulation has interfered with the growth of private commerce, who provide us jobs, and show that working long hours for low wages would make the fabric of our social structure stronger for us and our children.
Republicans would, according to their plan, be able to show this, because the Democrats, whose agenda of structural management of government, equitable distribution of wealth, civil rights and protection of national resources, would have been blocked and seen as failed.
This strategy, that has been in effect in earnest since Reagan, might have worked. But, as fate, growing recognition of the illogical basis of their actions and the inevitable evolution of voter demographics would have it, Republicans ran out of time and supporters they haven’t insulted, abandoned or exploited.
When they got to the 4th Quarter, those who bought into the propaganda, that government is the enemy, started dying off. They find it increasingly difficult to convince the people they were trying to control, impoverish and oppress, that the GOP and Private Enterprise, are the ones who will solve their problems. In fact, Republicans, in spite of their claims of being the Party of the People, are now broadly seen as the Party of a small, carefully chosen few.