The GOP Stops Evolving

This seems to reflect the concentration, both religious and geographical, that is driving the GOP toward irrelevance at the national level and insanity in many of the unfortunate districts where they still dominate politics.

The Dish

According to Pew, more Republicans deny evolution than they did five years ago:

Evolution By Party

David A. Graham ponders the cause of the problem:

One possibility is that respondents who identified as Republican and believed in evolution in 2009 are no longer identifying as Republicans. Fewer scientists, for example, are reportedly identifying with the GOP, and the overall trend is for fewer Americans to call themselves Republicans. But both Gallup and separate polling from Pew found approximately the same party ID in 2009 and 2013. Another is that the rise of “intelligent design” education has helped to swing younger Americans against evolution. Yet the age breakdown remains similar in 2009 and 2013, with respondents ages 18 to 29 most likely to believe in evolution.

What does that leave? Maybe the gap represents an emotional response by Republicans to being out of power. Among others, Chris Mooney has argued that beliefs on politically contentious topics are often…

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Chris Ladd is a Texan living in the Chicago area. He has been involved in grassroots Republican politics for most of his life. He was a Republican precinct committeeman in suburban Chicago until he resigned from the party and his position after the 2016 Republican Convention. He can be reached at gopliferchicago at gmail dot com.

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36 comments on “The GOP Stops Evolving
  1. Turtles Run says:

    It is fun to make fun of polls like this and point out that the GOTP is just a bunch of cavemen but the reality is that those that have moderate views or actually believe in science no longer identify with the Republican Party. This explains the continuous assault on common sense with unskewed polls or the refusal to even consider that the scientific method is not some sort of a liberal plot.

    The GOTP is in big trouble in the long term if they refuse to expand on their narrow views.

  2. John Galt says:

    Despite the word play in the title, the GOP is indeed evolving – into a party that increasing numbers of people want nothing to do with.

  3. RightonRush says:

    The war for the soul of the Republican Party is gearing up to get ugly.
    Good luck to all my moderate Republican friends.

  4. DanMan says:

    We will know they have appropriately evolved when they accept lies as facts like democraticals do, right Chris? Keep working to improve that GOP.

    • Turtles Run says:

      Explain how your comment addresses the topic that the GOP is becoming more of a regional party because of beliefs held by a not insignificant number of Republicans on issue such as evolution?

      Do you think a major national political party can survive by denying the validity of science?

      • DanMan says:

        you guys push the hype of man made gorebull warming while your ship of fools is ice bound in Antarctica. Is your party of liberal liars dying?

        Heck the GOP is dying because they embrace dem policies but only at a slower pace. At this point what difference does it make?

      • GG says:

        You obviously don’t know what global warming actually is.

      • DanMan says:

        I know exactly what it is. How about explaining your version GG.

      • GG says:

        Your comment “gorebull warming while your ship of fools is ice bound in Antarctica.” says you really don’t.

      • John Galt says:

        It’s cold today and the Northeast is experiencing a severe snowstorm. Is this because…
        (A) Global warming is a hoax, or
        (B) It’s January.

      • DanMan says:

        No GG, its me laughing at a collection of delusional liberals that are made up of environmental professors and grad students, a team of BBC reporters and other hacks setting out to recreate a journey a guy in a wooded boat undertook 100 years ago to prove how global warming has impacted the environment.

        They did it in the summer season in the southern hemisphere, with a team on the ground that studied and charted the weather for the trip. And they got frozen in!! It is Obamaesque in its level of failure and worthy of ridicule.

      • GG says:

        You’re still not understanding it.

      • DanMan says:

        ‘splain it to me GG, or are you unable?

      • DanMan says:

        John Galt, yes and yes

      • Turtles Run says:


        There is plenty of evidence that supports the claim that humans contribute to global warming. If you have valid evidence to prove the scientific community wrong then please present it. Your mocking comments do nothing to prove your point and are not even slightly clever.

        In short you are embarrassing yourself.

      • John Galt says:

        So, Dan, take a graph like this one:

        When you see this, if you haven’t before, do you imagine it is entirely falsified? That it has no basis in reality? What about when it agrees with entirely independent sets of data? Do you dispute the whole concept that global temperatures are generally increasing? Or do you just believe that humans cannot be the cause of it? If the latter, do you think it’s worth knowing something about climate change in general (how fast, how high?), so we will know when Galveston will be uninhabitable (some might argue that happened some years ago) or that we should give up the ghost on growing cotton or rice in Texas?

      • DanMan says:

        I may begin to start looking at your climate scenarios when the solutions to your imaginary problems diverge from liberal orthodoxy. Until then your protestations are tantamount to dinosaurs yawning.

        Unlike Obama, I don’t evolve for political expediency. It makes as much sense as using a picture of Charles Darwin on a character name like John Galt.

      • John Galt says:

        So your answer is to not bother considering that a problem exists because you find the proposed solutions distasteful?

        I selected a name and avatar many years ago in response to an anti-evolution post on a long-defunct blog called “Christ and Culture.” I figured that choosing the name of a character for which reason was paramount, created by an unabashed atheist, and illustrated with Darwin was as blunt a statement as I could make. It stuck and I’ve not been motivated to change it.

      • Turtles Run says:


        You refuse to even consider that there is a problem because you dislike the proposed solutions. That makes entirely no sense. If that is the far right-wing mindset then that is why the GOTP is not appealing to a wide majority of people.

        People can acknowledge a problem and suggest alternative methods to deal with that issue. Sticking your fingers in your ear is not productive in the least bit.

      • flypusher says:

        “You refuse to even consider that there is a problem because you dislike the proposed solutions.”

        A very good distillation of the political problem TR! Because these deniers don’t like how some people may act on the data/conclusions, the data/conclusions MUST be a fraud.

        Actual thinking adults would be working on a conservative alternative if they don’t like the liberal proposals for dealing with the problem instead of working on denying the problem even exists.

      • Kitty3 says:

        In reply to danman – please click on this article, it may help you to understand how climate change works and as to why winters in the northern hemisphere may become more severe because of global warming.

      • DanMan says:

        kitty I read that dreck and lost count of the loose terms such as may, perhaps, forecast projections, etc. The democrat party is in full lie mode about just about everything of consequence. They lie about Obamacare, the economy, taxes, you name it and I’ll provide the corresponding lie. Why you want to tie your wagon to that kind of horse is your business but I get the same latitude as you do so go ahead and believe with all your heart that man is destroying the earth. I don’t cotton to liars and tend to reject their motives based on that first.

    • Texan5142 says:

      Projection my friend, projection. Please show us the ” accept lies as facts like democraticals do”.

      Thank You in advance.

      • DanMan says:

        It was a video
        If you like your insurance you can keep your insurance. Period.
        Obama claims he had no knowledge of Fast & Furious but exempted himself and Holder from scrutiny by EO
        and several dozens more that you folks won’t discuss

      • bubbabobcat says:

        Dan the Richard,

        It WAS a video partly and your wingnut meme of an al Qaeda plot has no basis whatsoever. And sometimes when you are in a position of power you have to tell a lie for national security, like keeping secret the CIA base in Benghazi until everyone got out.

        But as long as you enjoy sounding ignorant and stupid, don’t let me or anyone else stop you.

      • DanMan says:

        toy journ-o-lism? you go with that…do note that same comedy troupe has since claimed Obama’s “You can keep your insurance” claim as the lie of the year though. Of course he only told that lie to get re-elected so that’s what matters most.

    • dcmott49 says:

      Trolling, trolling, trolling, keep those trolls a rolling, trollhide.

      Sung to the tune of “Rawhide”

  5. Texan5142 says:

    What do you expect when Paul Broun is a high-ranking member of the House Science Committee, of which Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) is also a member make statements like this.

  6. way2gosassy says:

    When you fail to grow you begin to die.

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