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Yes, right-wingers may grumble about the GOP and lament that it isn’t conservative enough, but it’s still the enemy of their enemy (us), and it’s still the biggest gang in town. It’s the party of Reagan. It’s the party that made Rush Limbaugh an honorary member of its congressional takeover class in 1994. They’re never going to leave it. No More Mister Nice Blog

It seems almost pointless to mention this but there is simply no state Democratic party in any of the 50 states that is so clearly, obviously demented. This is the Republican Party. Yuval Levin and Ramesh Ponnuru are not. In fact, I think all those bold conservative thinkers of whom the New York Times thinks so much should bring their Big Ideas down to the next Texas state Republican convention and see how far they get. John Boehner, and Mitch McConnell, and especially obvious anagram Reince Priebus, who nominally presides over Bedlam, need to be asked every day which parts of the Texas Republican platform they support and which parts they don’t. They don’t get to use the crazies to get elected and then hide behind fake Washington politesse when the howls from the hinterlands get too loud. We allow ourselves only two major political parties. One of them is completely out of its fcking mind. This is a national problem. Crazy Land

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The Republican party of the state of Texas, a state which has 38 electoral votes and which will send 153 delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention, has endorsed the exact theory of government that was promulgated by the gun-toting yahoos at the Bundy Ranch. Charles P. Pierce

Democrats performed the single greatest act of de-regulatory unshackling in human history, when they unleashed the wild-open Internet upon the world, with almost no supervision or regulation at all! (It was Sen. Al Gore’s bill that did that.) Not to mention lesser events, like Obama opening U.S. space-launch services to competitive bidding. Or the largely-liberal-led efforts, in many blue states, to rein in - at long last - the horrifically insane regulatory madness called the War on Drugs. In fact, Democrats did nearly all of the major U.S. deregulations of the last century… except in one industry. Finance. Wall Street and banking. CONTRARY BRIN

If you, the Speaker Of The House of Representatives, think the President Of The United States has not been faithfully executing the laws of the United States, which would be as specific a violation of the presidential oath of office as anyone can commit, then you introduce Articles Of Impeachment. That’s the way it works. You are accusing him of a profound offense against the Constitution, perhaps the gravest one you can commit without being, I don’t know, Aaron Burr or someone. You don’t respond to something like that by treating the president as though you’re a meter reader who slipped on his sidewalk. Of course, all of this is completely contingent on your being serious about this lawsuit, and on this lawsuit’s not being simply another petulant exercise in political vandalism. Charles P. Pierce

…any “fiscal conservative” who supports the GOP - no matter what the rationalization - would have to be either stupid or out of his cotton-pickin’ mind. CONTRARY BRIN

This is the season for admitting you were wrong on Iraq in 2003. And all Republicans who either regret their vote to authorize the invasion of Iraq, or who were silent on foreign policy matters back then, should take this occasion to step up and say they’ll never make the same mistake twice. To them I say: Do it for the sake of your conscience, and if not that, at least for the sake of your career. Republicans: Now is the time to admit you were wrong about the Iraq War

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