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Elephant Eat Elephant

The primary season is almost built to tear down the parties. We spend months and months taking apart the candidates and debating who is the biggest sell out of ideals most of us don't even support anyway. But it's particularly entertaining to watch the GOP completely implode as Republicans lose all sense of who they are and what they believe.

Forced to choose between an affable but utterly unelectable and half-kooky Southern Baptist preacher, a mean-spirited and morally challenged tragedy whore, a rutterless Mormon aristobot, and a washed up ex-maverick who sold his soul to the man who called him a dangerous madman and race traitor...what's a good conservative to do?

Find a scapegoat, and who better than the Dope in Chief?

Former Reagan speechwriter and the apple of Chris Matthew's eye, Peggy Noonan, levels her aim on George W. Bush. In response to fathead blowhard Rush Limbaugh's charge that nominating Huckleberry or Jumping John McCain would spell the end of the Rerpublican party, Noonan says that cause is already lost.

George W. Bush destroyed the Republican Party, by which I mean he sundered it, broke its constituent pieces apart and set them against each other. He did this on spending, the size of government, war, the ability to prosecute war, immigration and other issues.

My, how the checkenhawks have come to roost.



It seems now that the transition is complete. Republicans actively courted the christian fundamentalist vote to get Reagan elected. The strategy worked and ever since, fundamentalists have taken to the Republican party like flies to dog shit, not only voting Republican, but becoming involved in party activities and getting themselves elected. We're at a point now where the GOP is basically a christian fundamentalist party and the old "classic" Republican conservatives have been left scratching their heads and wondering where their party went.

Look at the issues being discussed in the primary debates. Republicans talk about fetuses, gay marraige, perpetually elusive "victory" in the WOT, and Reagan's legacy. Democrats talk about redirecting the misguided military escapade in Iraq, the economy, and healthcare.

Democrats are talking about the things that matter while Republicans offer solutions to imaginary problems. The Democrats will make their missteps, but those missteps will be on the road of progress, not the treadmill of "conservatism."

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