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Has the Republican Brand Hit Bottom Yet?

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Is there a more compelling image for aggrieved martyrs than blood-thirsty Romans prodding wild animals to rip apart early Christians? Well, mass entertainment, if not Christianity, has come a long way, baby. Which makes it all the more laughable that Republicans, playing the aggrieved martyr card under Obama tyranny, blindly ignore they are anything but selfless victims. In truth, the right commits the indelible howlers that savage its own brand. Who else do yahoos allergic to modernity have to blame for misreading religion, science, politics, philosophy, history and sacred books?

That's why so few key constituencies, except wheeler-dealer billionaires, escape today's GOP quest to enthrone the insufferable status quo. By shunning women's rights, the long-term jobless, a lost generation of youngsters, immigrants desperate for clarity, or the ailing poor locked out from Obamacare-Medicaid, the party if Lincoln casts off any pretense to serving the common good, let alone any majority.  

"Productivity" for this perverse gang means compounding obstructionism with transparent lying, faux scandals, and calculated nonsense that staggers the reality-based community. Imagine if Rand Paul is right, okay by random selection, that if his party persists in offending minorities Texas "will be a Democratic state within 10 years." It's not as if the three rightwing factions (capitalist stooges, evangelicals and Tea Partiers) aren't already fighting over diminished political spoils. 

Clearly, the RNC squandered its best efforts last year, crowning the '12 debacle with its now year-old "autopsy." That analysis insisted its top dogs campaign and govern "in a manner that is inclusive and appealing" and "point the way forward " working successfully with their legislatures to enact meaningful changes in people's lives." Bingo, oblivious GOP governors are worse off than the bedraggled president. Does the path to party salvation flow wholly from loathing Obama and health care changes, "big" government, public education and legal debts, while fulminating against women, jobs training, immigration reform, and gay marriage? 

What national party ever redeemed itself with unending, conspicuous wars against voters: the unemployed, unions, state employees, poor people, scientists and medical researchers, women and minorities, even defenders of legal birth control and abortion? Like God, this posse of the pious figures to create a miracle out of nothingness.  

Suicide Isn't Painless

Yet the real kicker remains how self-inflicted are rightwing wounds, rushing off cliff after political cliff. Can allegedly smart fat cats forever blame this White House or today's Democrats for being besieged? No outside Black Swan struck, though the worst party bullies took up the brand-smashing cudgel. No national emergency or party-wide scandal, overseas disruption or act of God, has mortified the right. In fact, Democrats look downright rational by talking up plausible ideas (jobs stimulus, less sequester, what, immigration reform?) without pushing hard enough against obstructionism. Facing reactionary opponents crashing and burning on policy and polling, beyond racists or goofballs like Mike Huckabee, why not play it safe by avoiding monumental blunders? Why not stay offstage as one Michigan Republican not only opposes gay rights but wants gays purged from the party, pawns of Satan, the inventor of gayness only to drive pedophilia? Yep, the supply of wing nuts endures as Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock weren't enough. 

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