How this happened is not a matter of speculation either. Veering toward billionaire conservative funders, their greed and self-interest, the GOP became an echo chamber through which only approved voices (ie. Fox News) could surface. Listening only to its own radicals, the GOP succeeded where no Democrat leadership could: repelling voters to such an extent that the 2014 election cycle will be a GOP bloodbath.
It is finally clear to American voters who had not paid much attention to the fine points of redistricting, that gerrymandered districts and fair play initiatives the GOP spent millions to combat -- like Fair Districts in Florida -- paved the way for the current disaster. You hear it now from disgruntled Republican senators: if only the radicals had stayed in their corner ... but it is the party leadership -- leaders like Jeb Bush -- that failed conservative voters.
And now America see the GOP for what it is: the resurgent faction of bitterness and resentment -- bitterness against minorities, including against Hispanics, and bitterness against fair and reasonable protections for the public.
Over 2.6 million people have viewed the following viral video/ explanation from the floor of the US House of Representatives, documenting the procedural tactic by the House GOP that shut down the government.
From Josh Barro, Business Insider Magazine: "There is no serious argument for Republican governance right now, even if you prefer conservative policies over liberal ones. These people are just too dangerously incompetent to be trusted with power." Barro adds, "A party that is this bad at tactics can't be expected to be any good at policy-making."
In a special election yesterday in Pasco County, a secure seat in the Florida House flipped to a Democratic challenger, despite more than a million dollars spent by the GOP. More of that, on the way.