Saturday, March 3, 2012 | 2:02 a.m.
Toward the end of the Bush administration, I wrote that Republicans would not occupy the White House for a generation due to the failures of that administration. It would be hard for American voters to forgive Republicans for the misguided foreign policies that caused wars that lasted 10 years, the lapses in education achievement, the increased poverty in America, a shrinking middle-class and the deep recession caused by poor economic decisions during Bush’s tenure.
Based on the quality of those seeking the Republican Party’s nomination for president, it’s obvious the smart Republican candidates stayed home. The extreme positions that each candidate has had to support to pander to the various factions of the party, and the tearing down of each other’s character, will make it impossible for any of them to defeat President Barack Obama in November. Who knows how long it will take to unite the Tea Partyers with the religious extremists, the hawkish neocons with social conservatives and the libertarians with anybody?
The statistical makeup of Congress will provide the only political drama of the fall. Republicans should prepare themselves for four more years of Obama and eight years of Hillary Clinton. If they are still a viable political party in 2024, who knows if an electable candidate can emerge from the mess they have turned the party into?