As conservatives gather in Washington this weekend for their annual flogging of anything and everything that doesn’t conform to their myopic view of the world, they plan to cheer what the failing Republican Party calls its "rising stars:" Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
If these two whack jobs represent the future of the Republican Party, it is a party without a future.
When I worked inside the Republican Party I conveniently looked the other way when it came to the GOP’s intolerance, bigotry and stupidity. I made a lot of money from the GOP and a lavish lifestyle, plus copious amounts of single malt scotch, allowed me to sell my soul — for a while.
But sobriety and overdue soul searching gave me the strength to leave the party of hate and return to journalism which may also be a dirty business but seems outright sanitary when compared to the sewer of GOP politics.
In the 2008 Presidential election, Republicans again proved themselves out of touch by putting John McCain at the top of the ticket. When McCain compounded that stupidity by picking Palin as his running mate, the GOP faithful proved they had lost it by flocking to her like rapid dogs in heat and proclaiming her the salvation of the legacy of Ronald Reagan.
About the only thing Palin represents is the inane nature of politics. The sad fact that anyone took this brain-dead twit seriously is an indicator of just how far the GOP has fallen.
Now, as Palin becomes more and more of a background whine, we get Jindal — the Alfred E. Neuman of politics. Neuman, the icon of Mad Magazine, would say: "What? Me worry?" The mantra of today’s GOP is more like: "What? We think?"
Republican leaders, who must be inhaling, selected Jindal to present the GOP response to President Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress this week. His bumbling, laughable performance — sprinkled with outright lies — made Palin’s bungled interview with Katie Couric seem like a high point in media manipulation.
Palin is an idiot. Jindal is a caricature. By pinning their hopes for the future on these two, the GOP is suicidal.
To make matters worse, some in the GOP consider Palin not only the future of the party but also their "sex symbol."
Sex symbol? God help us. To paraphrase the late comedian George Carlin, I wouldn’t have sex with her with a stolen penis.