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The GOP/Tea Party's "bat-spit crazy" formula may turn out to be a winner in November

Going Rogue The elephants are coming!

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No matter how you view it, it's difficult to deny that the current election cycle has been marked by a higher than normal degree of daft political theater and a zanier than zany turn in the direction of mindless exceptionalism on the part of many GOP/Tea Party candidates.

Case in point: How easy is it to imagine the initial shock many witnesses must have undergone when during a debate two weeks from a potentially historic mid-term election, Delaware GOP/Tea Party Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell turned to her opponent and asked: "Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?" The audience of law students burst into laughter.

In fact, just a day or so earlier, another audience endured an equally absurd, though less humorous incident when Nevada GOP/Tea Party congressional candidate Sharron Angle flat out told members of local high school's Hispanic Student Union that, "I don't know that all of you are Latino. Some of you look a little more Asian to me."

Meanwhile, I'm certain that quite a few Americans instinctively rolled their eyes a few weeks back upon hearing Newt Gingrich's channeling of Dinesh D'Souza's deranged psycho-babble: "only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior," sniffed Professor Newt, "can you begin to piece together (President Obama's) actions."

Remarkably, it doesn't end there. One can only imagine the initial reaction of anyone who's seen footage of a sinister-looking GOP/Tea Party New York Governor's candidate and racist philanderer "Crazy" Carl Paladino, threatening to "take out" a New York Post reporter, or how many Americans' were floored upon hearing Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann's daffy assertion that: "There isn't even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas." It is a statement that runs neck-and-neck with Kentucky GOP/Tea Party Senate hopeful Rand Paul's hypothesis that ""sometimes (coal) mines just collapse, you know? Nobody's fault. I think it is called gravity."

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These baseless or nonsensical mutterings form a truly disturbing summary of unfiltered stupidity demonstrated by a group determined to change the course of America's immediate and long-term future. But it's probably more disturbing to know that one could go on for perhaps hours adding similar asinine statements from these and other attendants of a fairly disingenuous anti-big government agenda that appears to have engulfed a good part of the American electorate.

Indeed even as more such expressions of fringe lunacy continue to roll endlessly off their tongues like clowns tumbling out of Bozo's tricked out mini Cooper, it's become obvious that the sentiments behind them have, as previously noted, gathered traction among many Americans. With less than two weeks before the mid-term elections, the air hangs heavy with a particularly pungent scent of political change emanating from the architects of what is really just a bunch of synthetic populism. That proverbial breeze that seemed to whisper Louise has been upgraded to a storm that loudly bellows: THE ELEPHANTS ARE COMING!

In fact, as of this writing, it certainly does appear that some degree of a wild stampede is imminent. Having suddenly emerged from every orifice of the right-wing body politic like a nasty retro-virus, the GOP/Tea Party candidates are now poised to execute their agenda. Should enough of them meet with success this November, then the halls of congress may need to be made over with all the colorful accouterments of a three-ring circus in order to appropriately set the stage for its transformation into one of the goofiest political sideshow in the history of American politics.

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Anthony Barnes, of Boston, Massachusetts, is a free-lance writer who leans toward the progressive end of the political spectrum. "When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to (more...)
 

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