You know that things have gotten a little bit out of hand when Jeb Bush and Karl Rove look at the GOP candidates and say things like, “I used to be a conservative and I watch these debates and I’m wondering, I don’t think I’ve changed, but it’s a little troubling sometimes when people are appealing to people’s fears and emotion rather than trying to get them to look over the horizon for a broader perspective and that’s kind of where we are,” -Jeb Bush. Or, “These debates have tended to sort of focus the effort on exactly what he says — operating out of fear, in part, because of the nature of the kind of questions and the fact that they’re all trying to gain an advantage over each other.”- Karl Rove. We are hardly talking about two liberal stalwarts here.
Jeb Bush also went on to warn candidates of tacking too far to the right in the primary, and what that could mean in the general election. Translation: All of this crazy, nonsensical bullcockery is alienating independent voters and pretty much everyone else with two bits of common sense they can rub together. Both have stopped short of saying what every intelligent party leader already knows; the inmates are running the asylum. The Republican Party did not co-opt the TEA Party, the TEA Party played drunken frat boy to the GOP’s home alone on a Saturday night, and the result is the Frankenstein bastard baby zombie roaming primary campaign trails espousing parochial dipshittery and conjuring a tsunami of theocratic and social legislation while Rome burns.
Sure, all of this science denying, women’s rights repealing, corporate pandering seems fun in the primaries, when you are competing for a niche voting block, but try parroting that swill in a general election and see where it gets you. Bush, Rove and other party leaders know what they can’t say; no one the party nominates can win a general election now. Not after going so full tilt, bat-shit loco that you made Ron Paul look perfectly mentally stable and sane. All the stewards of the party can do is sit by and watch in horror as the base steers them straight off a cliff.