Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Won't Get Fooled Again?

Today I want to shed some "lyte" on change. Change is the new black. Ever since Obama began campaigning under the theme of change, it is a word that has almost jumped the shark. While the Democratic party embraced and embodied that change, we are watching the Republicans founder. Isn't it a bit ironic that the party that dismisses evolution as "just a theory" is having trouble evolving?

I don't know even where to start. How about the brilliant idea that the RNC had for changing the Democratic party's name to the Democratic Socialist party? My first thought was that they were kidding, but no, as always they were serious. I thought fine, then the DNC should rebrand the Republicans as the Republican Fascist party. All in the name of truth in advertising.

Then came the great misdirection on torture. Let's blame Nancy Pelosi for it! Like the ranking Democratic member on the national security committee could do anything to stop the Bush administration, the CIA, and the Republican-lead Congress from torturing anyone. And that's if she knew everything, which as the days pass and the revelations mount, she didn't. The fact that she is totally down with a truth commission should tell the Republicans that their dog ain't huntin'. But let's remember, Republicans never let a little thing like facts or reality get in their way.

Now Newt Gingrich is joining the National Council for a New America. The official rebranding effort for the GOP that is being spearheaded by Eric Cantor. What an awesome idea! Why not just dig up Ronald Reagan while you're at it too? What's that smell? Oh, just the mold on our "new ideas".

It also seems that the new wave of Republicanism is female. Meghan McCain, Liz Cheney, Bristol Palin (and her mommy), Carrie Prejean. All the fresh young faces of the GOP have lipstick on them. But as Ms. McCain demonstrated on the "Colbert Report" last night, the inability to recognize hypocrisy and irony is passed down generationally in the Republican Party. Ms. McCain was explaining that the GOP and gay marriage are more simpatico than previously thought. The Republicans believe that government has no place in people's private lives....except when they are pregnant. Then they get real personal.

It will be interesting to watch how all this plays out. It was easier for the Democrats to embrace conservatives than it will be for Republicans to embrace liberals. But they are good at "faking it 'til you make it", just look at how long they have managed to pull the wool over the eyes of religious conservatives.

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