Maybe the strategic thinking in the GOP is that you put the worst feet forward so it cannot go downhill from here.
Yesterday, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) joined Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) in declaring his candidacy for President of the United States. You might recall that both these GOPlins were among the 47 Senators who signed a letter to the Iranian leadership explaining how our democracy works. Actually, it was an illustration of how our democracy can go astray. Basically these jerks made the outrageous claim that a US President's international commitments end with that President's term in office. In other words, the message to the world was "don't trust us".
President Obama is on record as offering the assurance that the next president would honor any deal struck with Iran by world powers because Obama's successor would be sufficiently knowledgeable about foreign policy. Oops. That leaves out those 47 senators who signed the letter including both Paul and Cruz. Neither of these demagogues is in any way qualified to be president. But that won't stop the Tea Potty from launching a frenzied campaign against Washington, that is, a campaign against America funded by the Koch heads.
If there is a way for the list of GOPlin candidates to go downhill from here, the Greedy Old Patriarchs will find it.