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GOP reality show

Posted: March 18, 2009 7:23 p.m.
Updated: March 19, 2009 4:30 a.m.
The best reality show of the new season is the sorry state of the GOP. Watching them cannibalize themselves almost seems scripted.

Every night some GOP-er is apologizing to Rush Limbaugh. One day it's Michael Steele, the new hip-hop RNC chair, then Rep. Phil Gingrey and Rep. Mark Sanford. Rush has become the leader of the party and it's hilarious watching the cow-towing.

This is a man who is aggressive and bombastic, cutting and sarcastic, who dismisses the concerned citizens in network news focus groups as "losers." With his private plane and his cigars, his history of drug dependency and his personal bulk, not to mention his tangled marital history, Rush is a walking stereotype of self-indulgence, piggishness and egotism.

Those images of crowds of CPAC-ers cheering Rush's every rancorous word is just amazing, entertaining and incredible. How low can they go?

On the other hand you have Joe Scarborough and other more centrist Republicans flipping out over the direction of their party. It is slipping away, becoming a marginalized regional party, clinging to old failed ideas with an adoring base of non-critical thinkers - ditto heads. McCain must be dampening his Depends. Eisenhower must be turning in his grave and Rockefeller, well, I can't imagine, but a few punch lines are below;

Governor Jindal: "I think Rush is a great leader for conservatives."

Chairman Michael Steele: "I have enormous respect for Rush Limbaugh."

Congressman Mike Pence: "...Rush Limbaugh - who I admire, and like millions of Americans, I cherish his voice in the public debate."

And so the Republicans expect to be taken seriously now?


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