Talk to a Republican political operative lately and, once you get by the false public bravado that all of them try lamely to project, you see nothing but desperation in their eyes.
The world is crashing down on the party of the elephant and they have only themselves to blame for the disaster that awaits them on November 7.
Republicans nowadays must feel like a Christian Scientist with appendicitis. With just a little over three weeks to go before the pivotal November mid-term elections, that ache in their gut is only going to get worse.
More and more Republican candidates distance themselves from the fallen leader of their party and his many failed policies, ranging from the Iraq war to assaults on personal freedoms and liberties.
For many, the decision to avoid their faltering President comes too late. By clinging to a flawed political strategy for too long they will go down in flames.
No one should be surprised that President George W. Bush and his senior aides privately ridiculed right-wing Christians and evangelicals that helped put them into office. Bush has shown repeatedly that he lacks respect for anything, be it the Constitution, freedoms that once were considered sacrosanct in the nation, the law or the truth.
Now a White House insider who once ran the administration's "faith-based initiative" reveals that the whole "God is my copilot" shtick is just another callous, cynical political ploy to get votes and political support.
Sometimes, in a moment of weakness, I actually start to believe people out there really care about this country and can put partisan political differences aside.
That stench that makes you want to puke is coming out of a political sewer called Washington - a place littered with the rotting corpses of American idealism and drowning in the blood from a wounded and dying republic.
George Bush has Karl Rove, Bill Clinton had James Carville and Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert has Scott Palmer. Call them powers behind the throne, the political gurus who guide their bosses' careers and, if they're good, keep them out of trouble.
Palmer, Hastert's chief of staff, is more than an employee. He's Hastert's friend and his roommate in Washington, a living arrangement the Speaker may find difficult to explain in the wake of the Mark Foley Congressional page scandal.
But while some on Capitol Hill see Hastert as a likable, affable buffoon, they see Palmer as a ruthless, arrogant SOB who rides roughshod over anyone who gets in his, Hastert's or the GOP's way.
The good-cop, bad-cop relationship is found often in political operations and it lets Palmer take the heat while concealing the fact that Hastert can be just as arrogant and ruthless as his top aide. In fact, both believe a scorched-earth policy is the only answer to running the House of Representatives.
I wish I could say that I'm surprised to find out that Virginia Sen. George Allen is not only a racist but a crook. Unfortunately, I can't. I suppose we should expect this from a carpetbagger.
As a Virginian, I'm embarrassed that this sleazeball is a Senator representing our commonwealth in Congress. He's not the only sleazeball, mind you. We also have Rep. Jim Moran, acknowledged wife beater and notorious user of other people's money to pay off his investment losses.
But now an Associated Press investigation shows Allen the racist is also Allen the bribe-taker - just another support-for-sale politician willing to sell his soul (and vote) for money.
Gotta put in a call to George Soros and find out when the hell he intends to send my money.
According to House Speaker Dennis J. Hastert, Soros, a millionaire speculator who funds a lot of Democratic causes, owes a ton of money to me and anyone else who dared suggest he and the Republican leadership of Congress fell asleep at the wheel in the rapidly-developing Mark Foley Congressional page scandal.
"The people who want to see this thing blow up are ABC News and a lot of Democratic operatives, people funded by George Soros," Hastert said Friday in another lame attempt to weasel his way out of the sex scandal that may bring down his leadership and his party in Congress.
Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, the shameless hypocrite who left Congress under a cloud of ethical questions and publicly chastised Bill Clinton while sneaking out on his wife and nailing a House Agriculture Committee staffer, is now claiming Democrats have bigger sex scandals than Republicans.
It is fitting, truly fitting, that the political fortunes of a homophobic party may rest on the actions of a gay sexual predator in that party's midst.
Call it some good old fashion karma coming round. When it comes to homosexuality, the hypocrisy of the GOP has been waiting in the closet, just waiting to come out and bring the party down.