The sad-eyed Townhall Turfers now follow the saucer-eyed Birthers and the cranky Tea-Baggers as the latest political fad that the weakling Republicans not only cannot get away from but also cannot get enough of, like chocolate sauce on anything.
The Turfers are freakish, passionate, half-baked, dignified, defiant, rude, anarchistic, but they are not Republicans.
Well, they sure as hell aren't Democrats. Nor liberal. What does that leave?
Would that the Republicans were capable of such a vast right-wing conspiracy to rally and deploy growling scene-stealers with signage that is indifferent to paradox, “Stop Obama,” “Stop Socialism,” “Stop Fascism.” Those who have discovered these shadowy links of the nonsensically named “Conservatives for Patient Rights” to the infamous Swift Boaters’ latest awkward fantasy, “Tea Party Patriots Health Care Reform Committee,” serve less to enliven their suspicions than they do to prop up the spirits of the deracinated Republicans. Democrats are imagining a Republicanism that is ambulatory, omnipotent like the fabled days of the Brooks Brothers Brigade storming Dade County in the stolen election of 2000.
In the battles of spin, perceptions count more than reality. And to have these yahoos associated with anti-Obamaism and anti-reform helps the liberal side.
And what does the Republican Party provide the generally despairing and alienated American citizens who come out to the town halls? It answers shouts for help with teasing and cooing, the behavior of groupies with the language of quitters.
The GOP seems to have no strategy other than saying no and being disruptive.
With Boehner and Steele cheering like gamblers at a cockfight, with the tempestuous DNC joining in the food fight with both hands, the shabby, timid GOP is left exposed to the predations of the demagogues of talk. The usual cynics are outperforming in fear-mongering and self-promotion. Limbaugh swerved all over the road to combine the Turfers with his imagination of the younger chief executive ... Lou Dobbs is toothless in comparison to the Limbaugh bite, but Dobbs can gush like Bruno.
That's today's Republican Party: Michael Steele, who'll get dumped next year; Boehner, with his tan and yellow ties; and two broadcast demagogues. O, and the cheating Senator from Nevada and the cheating Governor of South Carolina. And ex-Governor Palin, who gives credence to the absurdity that the health care reform bills now in Congress
John McCain couldn't do it, for he had to solidify his right-wing support.