Riding High in Miami - Scene from 1968 Republican National Convention
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"Don't cry for me, I'm already dead" -- Town drunk Barney Gumble of "The Simpsons"
Despite the fact that the death of the Republican Party has been clearly foreseeable for quite sometime now, who among us might have speculated a few years ago, that Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus would consider applying a bizarro twist to a disastrous George W. Bush strategy -- preemption -- as a means of avoiding the inevitable?
It's true. Back in 2013, Priebus was one of many Republicans completely flummoxed by 2012's stunning (for Republicans) reelection of the allegedly ripe-for-the-plucking Barack Obama. And so, in a metaphorically-astute example of putting the cart before the donkey (twisted pun intended), some of us watched in similar bewilderment as the Republican Party -- at the behest of its head honcho, Priebus -- performed the world's first " pre- mortem" autopsy .
That's right. In an act so prophetically on-point it would make a psychic blush, Priebus went ahead and technically declared his party dead roughly three years before Donald Trump suddenly materialized -- like the ghost of Dr. Jack Kevorkian -- to personally deprive the Party of its last breath of life.
Kind of weird? Perhaps. But few should need reminding that such abnormal enterprises have been pretty much the norm over the past seven-plus years in Conservative Bizarro World , the insular echo-chamber utilized by the GOP as a one-stop ideological incubator of Red State lunacy. Indeed, it's the GOP's deliberate cultivation and subsequent deployment of its base's lunatic fringe for the specific purpose of destroying Barack Obama that has culminated in the rise to political legitimacy -- among Republicans -- of a litigious , low-rent grifter named Donald Trump, the candidate currently leading all candidates in polls of candidates most likely to destroy their own Party.
After its 2012 loss -- which marked yet another in a string of popular vote defeats in presidential elections that began well before Al Gore was robbed of the presidency in 2000 -- one could easily picture the GOP as a waning political metropolis that still registered a pulse even if the metropolis wasn't exactly pulsating with life .