tazzari saidWho cares what these pseudo-christian idiots say? They are drowning in the wake of history.
I'm as right wing as anyone, and certainly more so than anyone on RJ, but I'm also pragmatic. And even I say that this is over .... done ... stick a fork in it. The sooner that the rest of 'us' realize and accept that, the sooner that we can get focused on 2014 and 2016.
Alas, as long as such GOP luminaries as Texas Republican Rep. Michael Burgess fantasize about masturbating fetuses, or Arizona Rep Trent Franks continue to say stupid things about rape, serious people will not vote for Republicans. To quote the Huffington Post:
"These kinds of comment only come from a moron," said Massachusetts Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez -- and she's the Republican candidate! It doesn't happen too often, but here we agree with a Republican: Franks is a moron. But that doesn't explain why there seem to be so many like him. And why they never seem to learn.
"If public humiliation is not a sufficient deterrent," said former deputy executive director of the House GOP's campaign arm Brock McCleary, addressing the unending parade of conservatives who get flogged in the press for saying stupid things, "what can the party possibly do to prevent it?"
“May we humbly suggest that they start by not nominating morons for public office?”
I will be the first one to say that a functional democracy needs oppositional parties – but they need intelligent ones, and in this country, now, reactionary social views are simply not going to cut it, and more than a position defined by one syllable – “no” – is going to get us, or the GOP, anywhere.
The GOP needs to shut down for a while, clean house, and come back when they have made it clear that they will no longer pander to religious whackos, obstructionists, and draconic budgetary ideas that flagrantly favor the very wealthy and hand democracy over, tied hand and foot, to money and corporations.
And we won't even speak of the appalling Phillis Shlafly - another person who gives conservatism a very dirty name.
You seem to be a very sensible person, and as you have remarked, I suspect we might find many view we hold in common. But at the moment, I suspect you may be a lonely voice of rationality in a party that appears to have taken leave of its senses.