1. Angie, the impression that the GOP is excessively stupid does not bother me at home. I’ve known this problem for years but it is the impression that the world is now aware of the missing mental links found throughout the entire Republican Party.

    They feel so much animosity for the minorities in America that their programs are now more against Obama than for anything. The party itself is fighting the individual mandate when it comes to health insurance and yet demand it when it comes to women’s issues.

    Their new agenda of white supremacy is shocking and the people of the world are watching closely how America handles what the Republicans call the founders’ intent. How can these same nations respect our Democracy the way it is described by the Religious Right?

    The only way to show all Americans and other nations that we believe in individual freedoms is to throw the GOP out on it’s holy arse. How else can we lead the world in freedom?

  2. Part of the “problem” is that you call them stupid.

    I remember being called a racist when I supported Hillary over Obama. It pissed me off. It still pisses me off.

    We have been very effectively wedged apart with social issues that you and I care about but the politicians don’t. In so doing they keep us from building a coalition against what they do care about … getting our money and sticking it in their pockets.

    The trick is to go after all incumbents. And yes it will take several election cycles.

    But … I suggest you quit calling people stupid if you want them to smarten up and go after the real enemy … the Powers That Be who protect the Too Big To Fail.

  3. I can only hope that Doug, or someone here can write up the ridiculous comments Romney made today after the open mike that President Obama didn’t realize was live. He apparently spoke to Medvedev in private about having more time to approach matters involving Russia after the election. Romney is still under the impression that we are still in the cold war with Russia.

    Is there no Republican who is up to date with our foreign relations with other nations? I fear for that 3 am telephone call that Hillary Clinton spoke of in 2008.

    These off the cuff comments meant only to degrade Obama really make the GOP look stupid. Maybe Palin isn’t as dumb as she appears. No Republican seems to have the brains to stop and think before speaking.

    In my dealings with the GOP in the last couple of decades, I cannot believe that not a single member of the Party can be trusted to understand the mess America is in.

    One liners to be followed by a laugh track is all the GOP can come up with. If we had more time, I would suggest an IQ test based on current events be given to anyone running for office. Even our media giants can’t seem to feed questions to anyone running for any office in the GOP.

    Romney is so ill-equipped to run for the White House, that his being a Mormon is his least of his problems. Does he have a trainer anywhere near him who can shove something in his mouth before he dares to speak before he gets us bombed by Russia/Iran/name your enemy. Is he looking for a fight? What about Ann; can’t she give him a few pointers to keep his damn mouth shut? Is the whole family genetically stupid?

  4. In the process of clearing out my basement today following it getting flooded by Saturday’s storm, I ran across an article in the then-Roanoke Times & World News from November 1985 that was headlined something like “Desperate Republican leaders want to rescue party from extremists”. A pity they failed.

  5. Powerful analysis by Doug! It appears that for a good number in the GOP base, as stated, they cast their primary votes from pure, distilled emotion and not reason.

    Do they care that the candidate they trumpet — Santorum — doesn’t have a whisper of a chance against Obama in the general election? Maybe they just want to be heard and seen like the people in the photo with this article…and that’s all they really care about?

    BTW…the poster at the bottom of the article reminded me of this famous quote:

    “No one in this world, so far as I know—and I have searched the record for years, and employed agents to help me—has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people.”
    ― H.L. Mencken



  6. I sincerely appreciate Doug’s CAT scan of the current GOP. This is the GOP that true conservatives such as W.F. Buckley and Barry Goldwater warned of: Now the lunatic fringe right-wing of the Republican Party is in command. The inmates are in charge of the asylum.

    We on the left heartily welcome [“man on dog”] Santorum as the GOP nominee for the Fall election. Even Etch-a-Sketch Romney will do.

    And Rush Limbaugh mightily helped with the cause of re-electing Obama by so viciously attacking Sandra Fluke, thereby heaping gasoline on the raging inferno known as the “War on Women.” A 20% gender gap favoring the Democrats makes me wonder if the GOP is on a suicide mission this election cycle?

  7. Obama is lucky to have such creatures to run again. However, that doesn’t say much about his own less then stellar performance these past 3.5 yrs. America is without leaders anymore. We have descended into something less then a Nation. Being led by men unfit to run a 7 Eleven.

  8. I understand the bell curve as well as anyone. It points out the truth as does Doug Thompson this morning but the missing link is a solution to bring America back to a positive nation of honest and good people.

    At this point we are interested only in expanding the divide between right and left. The solution to trying to fix the moral standards of America is not through the religious convictions of the Christians. Christians in America today grow through the degrading of other races and religions and offer nothing moral in return.

    In this respect Senator Santorum is the perfect leader. He lays out all the prohibitions taught to him by his Catholic teachers. He has no place to preach these prohibitions except in the theater of the Political primaries. The RNC wrote this agenda for the GOP and hopefully it will destroy their chances of electing any Republican in November.

    What is missing from this theater is a strong Secular point of view who can speak for the American people and how to respect the separation of church and state. Sadly the GOP has no other agenda available except a continuing war with Islam.

    Doug is right! This is pure insanity!

  9. Jon,

    The median, mathematically speaking, doesn’t become what you want. However I agree that extremists can, by accident or design, move the median of political positions in their direction by taking ever extreme positions, and thus push the other side (currently the Democrats) to take ever more right wing views in their one-sided effort, however futile, to compromise.

    This the median moves to the right. I’ll leave it to statisticians, political and social scientists to plug the appropriate values into the equations:

    Here’s an interesting explanation of the median voter theorem for this who, unlike me, didn’t struggle to barely pass two semesters of required statistics in college.

    • Strictly mathmatically, imagine the set {1,2,3,4,5} where the median is ‘3’, but if you want the median to be ‘5’, you add {6,7,8,9}, even if all you want is ‘5’.

      Or something like that. 🙂


  10. I can.

    Here’s something to add: In the politics of compromise, they who start with the most extreme position win.

    Even the leftists in the USA are to the right of Franco. Keep pushing one limit, and the median becomes what you want.


  11. So well put, Doug, that I can’t think of anything to add except a subtitle for the graphic: Beware of small caliber minds with large caliber bullets.

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