Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Way, Way off the Reservation

Kathleen Parker unloads both barrels in the direction of the wingnut branch of the GOP. A great read, and not just from the perspective of us popcorn-eaters.

If you've forgotten who Kathleen Parker is, she's a conservative columnist who wrote a harsh column in late September, calling on Sarah Palin to step down as John McCain's running mate. This caused some blowback, which may have provoked the tone of today's piece.


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.


Suffice it to say, the Republican Party is largely comprised of white, married Christians. Anyone watching the two conventions last summer can't have missed the stark differences: One party was brimming with energy, youth and diversity; the other felt like an annual Depends sales meeting.

With the exception of Miss Alaska, of course.

Even Sarah Palin has blamed Bush policies for the GOP loss. She's not entirely wrong, but she's also part of the problem. Her recent conjecture about whether to run for president in 2012 (does anyone really doubt she will?) speaks for itself:

"I'm like, okay, God, if there is an open door for me somewhere, this is what I always pray, I'm like, don't let me miss the open door. Show me where the open door is.... And if there is an open door in (20)12 or four years later, and if it's something that is going to be good for my family, for my state, for my nation, an opportunity for me, then I'll plow through that door."

Let's do pray that God shows Alaska's governor the door.

Read the whole thing. Seriously. There are many other great bits.

(h/t: John Cole)

[Added] Nugget. (via)

1 comment:

Unknown said...

She's so DRW (Dead RINO Walking).

She has no idea who she's up against. Anyone who can bring down Christopher Buckley and David Frum without breaking a sweat will have little trouble disposing of this lightweight.

Too bad. I was just starting to dislike her.