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.
Berlusconi sentenced to community service: the Italian Justice system bungas it.
Eastern Europe hasn’t had a decent land battle in decades. This is Mr Putin’s chance to claim the mantle of Alexander Nevsky.
Angus Young wearing schoolboy pants onstage at age 59 would be an absolute parody of a parody. Even Jimmy Page ditched his white satin, dragon-embroidered jumpsuit a long time ago in exchange for much classier togs.
Back in the day, the Blackstone Rangers were solid.
As far as Republican Party heroes go, Mr Bundy would be a slight improvement on David Koresh, Randy Weaver, and the Missouri State Fair rodeo clown.