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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by Jeff Siegel