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Phil Barron

Your duct-taped plane metaphor makes the GOP sound increasingly like the penguins from Madagascar 2 - only not nearly as cute, entertaining, or resourceful.

Linkmeister

"they have to lighten the load to stay airborne."

PILOT: "Oh, and by the way, there are far fewer parachutes available than we thought, so if you want one, pony up."

actor212

philatelist than one who identifies as Republican

There'd be more, but Mark Foley pled guilty to a lesser charge of pederasty.

For the last forty years or more, the party of the man who called upon the angels of our better nature has been surviving and thriving by deliberately appealing to the demons of people's worst instincts.

I quoted this, because I think there's a chicken-v-egg argument to be had here:

Is the base this hubristic because they feel the world owes them a living, or is it that the party leaders pandered to them back even before Reagan and made them feel "special" (in a short bus, helmeted kind of way), rather than state an intelligent and intellectual case for voting Republican?

I'm not sure, but my money is on the cynical scenario. I feel the Republican party has reaped in spades what it sewed.

actor212

With due respect to Farley and LGM, I disagree.

One way or another, conservatism, at least as we know it, is dead.

The Viscount

Well said Lance.

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