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The Republican Death Spiral

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Out here on the left coast, we're not big fans of the Republican Party. So we've taken a perverse delight in the events of recent weeks the sordid Sanford/Ensign affairs and the awkward resignation of Sarah Palin. To these jaundiced eyes, it appears the Grand Old Party is locked in a death spiral, gathering speed as it plummets downward.

Perhaps the entire Party has followed their leader, Rush Limbaugh, and developed a nasty drug habit. That would explain the bizarre behavior of Senator Ensign, Governors Palin and Sanford, and RNC Chair Michael Steele. If that's the case, our recommendation is to "just say no" and dial 1-812-473-7729.

Perhaps it's Karmic retribution and, after eight years of George W. Bush, the universe is finally moving back into balance. Indeed, Dubya, the man once touted as the Party leader, whose election was to signal thirty years of Republican supremacy, has become the symbol of everything wrong with the GOP. When Bush failed when the Iraq "mission" wasn't easily accomplished, the Neo Con dream of "empire" evaporated, and the economy went in the toilet Americans woke up, realized the emperor had no clothes, and got pissed off at Bush and the GOP in general.

It turned out that Republicans had no bench. Who would have thought that Dubya was the best they had to offer? They fielded a woeful slate of 2008 presidential candidates. And their nominee, John McCain, started his campaign with an acknowledgement that he didn't know much about the economy and then picked a running mate, Palin, who knew even less than he did, about everything.

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Bob Burnett is a Berkeley writer. In a previous life he was one of the executive founders of Cisco Systems.

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