3.04.2009

Add the GOP to the Endangered Species List

by Jeff Siegel

Newspapers aren’t the only cultural institution that is in danger of joining the blacksmith and the turntable as cute relics of someone else’s past. The Republicans are headed that way, as well.

How else to explain two recent GOP imbroglios: Party insiders ripping former presidential candidate John McCain at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and party chairman Michael Steele apologizing for calling Rush Limbaugh “incendiary” in an interview? At CPAC, U.S. Rep. Michael C. Burgess (R-TX) said: “I am a recovering McCain surrogate.” In the latter instance, Steele asked the talk show host for forgiveness after Limbaugh criticized Steele for having the temerity to criticize Limbaugh.

Regular visitors here know that I am no fan of the Republican Party, which aided and abetted George Bush’s eight-year misrule. But I can feel sorry for it, and I do — just like I feel sorry for the friend who always goes out with the wrong guys and never learns from her mistakes. It’s really quite sad, but in the end, it’s her own fault.


The GOP is long past denial. It’s living in a universe far, far away, where the collapse of the banking system never happened, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan quickly ended in victory, and the stock market is still setting record highs. It doesn’t understand the immense cultural and socio-economic changes taking place in the U.S. and it doesn’t realize that the country gave President Barack Obama a mandate in November to undo the damage the GOP did under Bush. In the eyes of Burgess, Limbaugh and their fellow travelers, Bill Clinton is still president and nothing has changed since they hoisted Clinton by his petard. Or, as the noted philosopher Paul Simon once noted: “We believe what we want to believe and disregard the rest.”

One day, perhaps, the GOP will realize that voters use iPods and not turntables. If it doesn’t, it will join the Whigs and the Know Nothings and the Federalists in the history books. And it will have no one to blame but itself.

(Political graphic by Frederick; you can see more of Frederick's graphics at the blogs Guys from Area 51 and MCCS1977. This graphic is made available through a Creative Commons License.)















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3 comments:

Emmy said...

Now, Now, Jeff, I know you hate Republicans, but did you really have to use a pic of a ginormous man-boob? :-) Did I see that right? A ginormous *man-boob*? Herein lies the pun? You should have gone all the way and included a Big Dick!!! :-p I'll stop now before I start appearing to like bashing Republicans. They ain't all bad or stupid. In fact, the economy problems are rooted in a bi-partisan effort, overseen by a Crooked Little Willie (Oh, here I go again.) So there. Peace.

Rick Rockwell said...

Emmy, thank you for your various comments. Jeff gets the credit for the ideas here, but I get the blame for the graphic in this case. I do think your idea would work too. However, I thought it somewhat appropriate that after Steele strayed he had to go crying back to mama and apologize.

As for Slick Willie... well... I can't speak for Jeff... but yes... he sanctioned much of this mess. However, the trail of tears goes back through Bush (the elder) and Reagan too. All are complicit and the slick one, not wanting to be anything other than a moderate (despite the labels applied to him from those on the right) saw no reason to push for reform.

Emmy said...

Thanks, Rick. Yeah, my point again is that it's bi-partisan. While we're at it, we must go back a little further to Jimmy Carter. I remember those days well. :-o

Bill Clinton was a "moderate," (your term), because the then-Congress forced him to be. You may recall that Mr. Clinton, in something of a display of arrogance, boldly stated that he wanted to be remembered in history as if he were an FDR. But he was forced to compromise on nearly everything because of his Republican Congress. (Is compromise *always* bad? As well as a check and balance in government? You decide.)

And what is the "right" by the way? I hear that term so much more often than "left." I wonder sometimes how labels evolve.

Anyway, getting back to the issue at hand, while I don't necessarily agree with Obama on a lot of things, I must say that I take special delight in the fact that the first president who is poised for such significant change in the U.S. and world since Reagan (Yeah, you heard me...:-) ) and definitely become the most "historical" president since FDR, is our first black president! Despite the current economic hardship, these are definitely interesting times.

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