As news meanders across the political media universe that Jeb Bush’s email dump revealed sensitive personal information about 12,000 people, raising the spectre of another incompetent Bush in the White House, one wonders how he would be able to navigate a successful primary run for the Republican nomination. The Republican Party is not a single entity but rather an unappetizing ragout of functionally incompatible factions:
1. A tiny rump of reasonably rational Republicans, the so-called Establishment which caters to Wall Street and maintains a respectable 10 handicap.
2. A Tea Party faction that is the driving force in Republican political psychology. The Tea Party has several wings:
(a) a wacky libertarian wing (e.g., Rand Paul) comprised of Isolationists, Anti-Vaxxers, the Gun Lobby, and Gold Bugs.
(b) a social conservative, religious wing (Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin) that is
obsessed about addicted to talking about gay sex.
(c) a bandit wing (e.g., Cliven Bundy, paranoid militias and survivalists living in fortified bunkers, White Supremacists in Idaho) that is ready to engage in the violent overthrow of the US government.
(d) a classic poujadist wing comprised of people who want free services from government but don’t want to pay taxes.
3. A “Bomb Iran” caucus (e.g., John McCain and Lindsay Graham), which sometimes overlaps with the “Bomb Moscow, But Make Putin Our Presidential Nominee First” caucus (e.g., John McCain, Lindsay Graham, Franklin Graham, Steven Seagal, etc.), and the “Bomb Everyone We Dislike to Show We’re Manly Men” caucus (e.g., John McCain and Lindsay Graham).
2016 may not be the year for another RINO, which is the tag of death for a moderate Republican like Mr Bush.
Lindsay Lohan is suing Fox News, which she accuses of peddling “malicious innuendo.” Malicious innuendo is the Fox News business model.
Perhaps the anti-Vaxxers could be quarantined on the Bundy Ranch in Nevada.
Whenever Rand Paul’s wacky libertarian philosophy leaks out, he reveals himself as a card carrying member of the lunatic fringe.
The nut didn’t fall very far from the tree (Ron Paul).
Right-wing movements around the world are fighting a battle against modernity that has already been lost. This explains the wild flailing and general cluelessness they exhibit. They represent a negative politics, nothing more. They can be counted on to exhibit high levels of symbolic violence, with the threat of physical violence barely held in abeyance.
Chris Christie is a typical New Jersey pol: belligerent, clownish, willing to kneecap an opponent if necessary; his brass knuckles political style is best suited to 1892.
Mr Huckabee says forcing people opposed to same-sex marriage to accept it was the same as telling Jews they had to serve “bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli”. He’s the perfect candidate for the twelfth century.
Anti-vaxxers are the ISIS of public health.