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Monday, May 04, 2009

RNC Insanity

I was wrong to think ever think that Michael Steele was a solid choice for the RNC, but the recent actions of supporters of his rivals, wherein the actual members of the committee are trying to hamstring Steele’s ability to engage in expenditures of $100,000 or more (which might seem reasonable, except that the RNC will need to engage in a lot of expenditures on behalf of candidates, most of which will be well over $100,000 and all of which will need to be done in an expedited, nimble and authoritative fashion) go beyond the pale and are hurting the RNC and the Republican Party, in general. In short, these people (Michael Steele and Katon Dawson and his proxies) are completely nuts.

In fact, it has become apparent that no sane person wants to be chair of the RNC. Unfortunately for Republicans, there are a lot of insane people in their party.

Long gone are the days of Haley Barbour, known for his, dainty, two-tone loafers; his real but fake sounding drawl; and his sharp political mind.

Instead, these are the days of, well… I don’t really know how to describe it.

These are the days when Sen. Jim Inhofe proclaims that the fact that only a Democrat can win the Pennsylvania Senate race is a sign that voters are rejecting… Democrats? When Sen. Jim DeMint admits to telling Sen. Arlen Specter that he would be supporting his opponent in the Republican primary only five days before Specter announced he was switching parties, which could just be a coincidence, but is more likely an indication that DeMint has been getting too much crazy in his diet.

I am a Democrat and have only ever worked for Democratic candidates, but I am not without pity, but I am without words to express my confusion, my horror at the crass unprofessionalism and poor political instincts, and the inescapable feeling that we are witnessing something that is at once horrifying and hilarious, like a classic John Carpenter film.

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