For days now, the GOP has been the subject of pseudo-political-scientific examination.
A specimen that sits on a table in a laboratory of liberal journalists and arm-chair "conservatives" that will be poked and prodded and prescribed and shocked to behave as one straw-man or another, but nothing resembling the final surgical conclusion.
They - the enlightened liberals and the self professed "true conservatives" - have come forward to alleviate the hematoma, malignancies and disorders that have distressed the patient.
The procedure has been a carefully prescribed combination of trapination (boring a hole in the head to alleviate any swelling of the brain) and amputation to prevent the GOP from carrying extra baggage.
Sure - I agree that the GOP needs better focus; a new eyeglass prescription is really all they need.
Taking medical advice from someone suffering from psychotic delusion and chronic neuro-illnesses is where I draw the line. Quackery is quackery.
Today I was told by the liberals, that the GOP is exhaling it's last breath and the prognosis is negative. If the GOP patient remains in this condition without congressional quarantine and preventative amputations, no doubt he will infect the populace and fiscal irresponsibility (or the current inability to accept the responsibility) will become untreatable. They tell the family and fiends of the patient that there is no way around this, and if they ignore it, they will shoulder the blame.
The "true conservatives" that always seem to arrive loudly after a match ends badly, are recommending the Social Conservatives should be removed, completely amputated in order for the patient to regain his balance. Some of these "True Conservatives" even go as far as cosmetic surgery - to make the patient look better after the amputation. They claim they can graft a bouquet of exotic flowers to where a bible was once grasped. Or in some cases where the AR-15 currently stands. Some even recomend hormone therapy.
"Say, that rainbow wig really has a slimming effect!"
The patient's family and friends are also deeply concerned - some are calling the priest others are redrawing the will. The Psychologists are then called-in to help the patient with his new found feelings as well as to assist the family and friends in accepting the resultant mess.
After the Surgery by committee, our patient doesn't look like much of a political belief anymore, but more like a grotesque concoction of odd-and ends, brutally stitched to an unattractive stump. The surgeons walk away - satisfied that they have done all they could.. for now, and the family and friends will spoon feed the requisite mush into the gaping maw of our patient... He can no longer speak.
I'll link Sultan Knish at this point since he seems to understand that amputation and psychotropic reconditioning may not be the suitable alternative.
The long game on winning an argument is by losing elections. The short game to winning elections is by losing the argument, seizing the center and abandoning your beliefs.Sometimes elections have to be lost in a good cause. Sometimes they have to be done as part of the process of making an argument that the public is still not ready for.The public wasn't ready for Goldwater, but it was ready for Reagan. Goldwater didn't lose. He prepared the ground for Reagan.The left understands this process quite well. It fights battles and takes strategic losses to advance its arguments and accustom the voters to them. These sacrifice plays help it advance further.The great thing that we must remember about defeat is that there are two kinds of defeats. Defeats with a purpose and defeats without a purpose. Defeats with a purpose accomplish something, even if it is only to air an argument. Defeats without a purpose do not.Only time will tell which of these the election of 2012 was.