I just hate this rhetoric so much. America won't be worse off if Democrats rack up huge electoral majorities. It won't be worse off if the GOP implodes.
I understand why politicians said this kind of stuff fifty years ago, although it was dopey back then too. But in 2021? It just makes you look weak, and it makes you look weird.
The US is currently facing a grave and imminent threat of descending into one-party rule, but it's not a threat of the GOP collapsing into irrelevance. It's the other thing. Talk about that. Scream about it. Fight it, and tell us you're fighting it every time you open your mouth.
Since some folks are mistaking my meaning, the sentence I object to is this one: "The country needs a big, strong Republican Party."

The country doesn't need a big, strong Republican Party. It needs a functioning democracy. And the GOP is a threat to that democracy right now.

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