I watch the Daily Show. Anyone who reads a dozen of my posts in this section can learn this. I also watch the Report. Now, based on that, here's what my mind has come up with at the moment, given what people are saying.
Item: The Republican Party is rapidly deteriorating. No matter how much Koch money funds them, nor how badly Fox News twists the truth for them, it's coming apart. The fact that Mitt Romney got the Repub nomination, in conjunction with the crazy-ass things he's said, should be proof of that.
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Item: This is good, believe it or not, for the political landscape and the Republican Party. Because I believe, that if they fail on this one, where Super PACs reign supreme, money is free speech, and all those wonderful little sound bites that are the distillation of modern conservative thinking that thinking people despise, then they are going to have to be forced to reconsider their positions and abandon the stances they've taken. Because Obama's victory will have proven that you can't buy elections, nor win them by only saying 'the other guy sucks worse than I do.'
Item: Jon Huntsman, considered by some one of the saner conservative-leaning candidates, was on the Report. He noted that as a party, the Republicans have 150-odd years worth of history to draw upon. He named 3 specific Presidents. Lincoln, TR, and Eisenhower. And I believe that if the Republicans look back and draw on that heritage, then they will be revitalized for 2016, and actually have some points worth making.
Item: Even if they don't, I do believe that that's not the end of the Republican party. Understand, I can agree with things that Republicans are saying, on general principle, but not on implementation. Example - Republicans believe businesses are the backbone of this country. They're right. But it's not the big businesses, the AIGs and Bain Capitals of the world that are. It's the small corner stores, the Neil's VCR & TV Repair Shop down the street. I believe, in some part, that if the Repubs were to take that much-touted business acumen, and retool it for the small business owner that needs help, then they would stand a better chance with the people.
Item: I'll say it to people until I'm blue in the face. I'm no Democrat, but I hate the Republicans more. Why? Simple. Hypocrisy on my end. The Repubs always appeal to the evangelicals in this country, saying they support the Christian ethic. Problem is, they cherry-pick which parts of Ye Old God Book they want to use. Charity is fine...as long as its impersonal (like to fight cancer) and not mandated by someone beyond me, or as long as it's not going to people who just sit at home popping out babies inbetween snorts of PCP. Paul says that no one should feel compelled to give, but Jesus has render unto Caesar. I know which one I'd prioritize.
Soon as you cross their comfort line, though, all their Christian values disappear, and they become people capable of doing things just as bad, if not worse, than people who don't adhere publicly to those values in the first place.