Kathleen Parker and the Oogedy Boogedy Blues
In this, the interregnum between the end of one administration and the beginning of another, there's not much for Republicans to do except look for ways to entertain themselves while Democrats are occupied with the serious business of creating a government.
The problem -- and the GOP is just waking up to this -- is that there is absolutely nothing for them to do but wait. No one cares what they think of President-elect Obama's choice for attorney general or any other cabinet post. The Clinton drama has always been a Democratic farce and only involved the Republicans as onlookers, cheering on the inevitable car crash at the top of turn #3.
The agenda in Congress is being set with no input from the losers. The titanic struggle for control of the House Energy and Commerce Committee saw the really, really ancien régimeof Representative John Dingell, who began serving in Congress when Eisenhower was playing golf on the White House lawn, replaced by the Watergate Baby Henry Waxman. Republicans had absolutely no say in this changeover -- a product of being soundly and roundly beaten at the polls. "To the winner belongs the spoils" the saying goes. To the loser belongs spoiled milk, rotten tomatoes, and rancid meat.
Without anything constructive to do, Republicans have apparently decided that being destructive might not be the wisest course of action but is a far sight better than sitting around and twiddling their thumbs. And that brings us to Kathleen Parker, conservative columnist with the Washington Post Writer's Group and, lately, the bane of the GOP base.
Parker, who became the model for thousands of conservative voodoo dolls when she wrote a few weeks ago that Sarah Palin should resign from the GOP ticket, enjoyed the response she got to that suggestion so much that she decided to take her fight with the base several levels of magnitude higher by offering her opinion that conservative evangelicals are scary beasts who so frightened the electorate that they ran screaming into the polling booth and punched the card for the Democrats.
No doubt believing herself quite clever and amusing, Parker offered this "analysis" of why the GOP got shellacked at the polls:
As Republicans sort out the reasons for their defeat, they likely will overlook or dismiss the gorilla in the pulpit.
Three little letters, great big problem: G-O-D.
I'm bathing in holy water as I type.
To be more specific, the evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn't soon cometh.
Simply put: Armband religion is killing the Republican Party. And, the truth-as long as we're setting ourselves free-is that if one were to eavesdrop on private conversations among the party intelligentsia, one would hear precisely that.