Dance this mess around

In almost every area of domestic and foreign policy, and in all phases of morality, the Republican Party has become detached from reality. Its leading personalities – Mssrs. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Rick Perry, and John Boehner – remind one of a rundown circus troupe that relies on the clown car gag to carry each performance. Even worse, the Party now attracts, and is attracted to, one of the greatest collections of kooks ever assembled (e.g., Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, Rush Limbaugh, Cliven Bundy, The Missouri State Fair Rodeo Clown, Ted Nugent). Already bereft of ideas under G W Bush, the love/hate/love relationship Republican politicians have with the Tea Party (a Party best situated to win elections in the nineteenth-century) has even further narrowed the GOP’s vision. The current state of the Republican Party is an object lesson on what politics looks like when it is driven entirely by emotion and ressentiment as opposed to reason and the reality principle: nasty and brutish. However, because of gerrymandering of electoral districts, the life of this politics, and the political life of the Republican politician, is not short.

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