Thursday, February 18, 2016

Republican party is dead, conflicting accounts of why

As I blogged the other day, Robert Reich defends the "warring tribes" hypothesis.

Each of these tribes has its own separate political organization, its own distinct sources of campaign funding, its own unique ideology – and its own candidate.

What’s left is a lifeless shell called the Republican Party. But the Grand Old Party inside the shell is no more.

Without a Republican Party, nothing stands between us and a veritable Star Wars barroom of self-proclaimed wanna-be’s.

Without a Party, anyone runs who’s able to raise (or already possesses) the requisite money – even if he happens to be a pathological narcissist who has never before held public office, even if he’s a knave detested by all his Republican colleagues.

Andy Borowitz reports on suspicions that it did not die from natural causes. Selected snippets follow.

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Conspiracy theorists believe that the Republican Party did not die from natural causes but was instead the target of an elaborately planned killing, a leading conspiracy theorist has confirmed.

McCain tapped Palin to be his running mate, and that led directly to people like Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, and Donald Trump being considered credible candidates,” he said. “There is no logical reason why McCain would have chosen Palin unless he wanted to kill the Republican Party.”

[One conspiracy theorist says] "The only suspect I have definitively ruled out is Mitch McConnell ... No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t imagine a scenario where he accomplished something.”

Based on her video clip, Ellen DeGeneres would probably identify the lack of a good stage presence amongst the GOP candidates for president. The clip suggests more cooperation as a resuscitative device. (h/t Pam Duchaine via Facebook.)

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