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I have an important message for Michele Bachmann, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and the rest of the most visible Republicans on the national stage: Keep going! You’re doing great! If this was video, you would see me standing an applauding. Maybe holding up a lighter for an encore.

The Republican Party is shriveling faster than Rush Limbaugh on a flight home from the Dominican Republic.

While I believe America only benefits from a robust two-party system, the Republicans aren’t really filling their seats at the table. The insufferable centrist Democrats, for better or worse, are covering the power void in an unofficial interim capacity and it wouldn’t shock me if there was eventually a replacement party built up around the conservative Democrats and some of the center-right moderate Republicans.

Another theory for another time.

But it’s clear that there will either be a clean break in the current party dynamic, or the more moderate, reasonable faction of the Republican Party will begin to seriously assert itself against the wingnuts who are, simply put, cartoonish stereotypes of themselves.

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Sean Hannity christened the new Colmes-less show with a predictably ridiculous segment in which he claimed that President-elect Obama has been engaged in an on-going attempt to hijack Abraham Lincoln’s legacy from — seriously — the modern Republican Party.

HANNITY: And in Your America tonight, Barack Obama is doing everything he can to convince Americans that he is the rightful inheritor of Abraham Lincoln’s legacy. […] First, at the top, I just remember that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican.

The red flag here? He “just remembers” the part about Lincoln’s party affiliation. This indicates that everything else about Lincoln is therefore processed through the doofwerks of Hannity’s America, inside which reality and universally accepted facts are mercilessly sculpted, oversimplified and kneejerked into bloody submission, and thus ejecting through the ass-end an easy-to-digest-but-insanely-wrong deductive equation: Lincoln = Republican = Just Like Me, Sean Hannity = Awesome!

Lincoln was indeed the first Republican president. Good job, Hannity! Erudite! More about the history of party affiliation presently, but to somehow suggest that President-elect Obama is trying to steal Lincoln all for himself, or for Hannity to imply that Bush Republicanism is the same as Lincoln Republicanism is about as realistic as suggesting that Lincoln survived the assassination as is currently alive and lurching around — top hat and all — through the forests of the upper Midwest like a lanky, undead sasquatch. Then again, Hannity once dedicated an entire segment of his show to the existence of demons walking among us. I’m not suggesting Hannity believes that Lincoln is still alive, but it wouldn’t be shocker given his belief in goblins and the like.

Regardless, he’s clearly unable to fathom why this particular moment in American history calls to mind the spirit and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. This is nothing short of miraculous given the ubiquity of all things Kearns-Goodwin-y. Incidentally, the “Mortal Kombat vs. The Team of Rivals” video game tie-in is pretty sweet. The Seward “Pantaloons of Chaos” move (X, X, Up, Down, B, B, Y) is totally indefensible — especially against that punk Liu Kang.

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