The Republican party of Dwight Eisenhower, Nelson Rockefeller and John Lindsay was a party guided by rational thinkers. No longer. The GOP of the 21st century is overflowing with wackos. Not just Tea Party wackos. No, today the leaders are nuts.
Watch their presidential candidates as they crisscross the country, throwing red meat to the radical right. They tell the faithful, “the president” or “the Democrats” or “Liberals” want to … fill in the blank with some awful thing. But I have been a liberal Democrat for decades, and I watch them and wonder, Who the hell are they talking about? They just make shit up.
Remember Bill Ayers? Four years ago Sarah Palin kept bringing up the name of this “terrorist” that Obama “pals around with.” No one brings up his name anymore because it was a bad joke then, and now everyone knows it.
For a trip down memory lane of the 2008 race for the White House, check out this segment from The Daily Show. The horror-predictions Jon Stewart’s staff dug up are just the tiniest tip of the iceberg. There were thousands of other clips they could have shown.
And in part two of that segment, he gives you a few of the nutty things being said, in total seriousness, in the current campaign. While all are weird, the well-publicized speech by the head of the NRA is so bizarre that you have to wonder if even he believes it. The sound-bite doesn’t do justice to the strangeness of what he said in that speech, and elsewhere. In a nutshell, he’s been telling his robotic followers that Obama signed pro-gun legislation – which I wasn’t happy about – as part of a brilliantly clever ruse to lull guns owners into a false sense of security, and then in his second term, wham!, he will take away all your guns!
For the radical right, paranoia runs deep.
P.S. To my mind this segment has one of Jon Stewart’s best lines: “Barack Obama has failed to keep many of the campaign promises that his opponents made for him.”