Sad but True: The Republican Party Somehow Still Exists

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with other Senate Republicans during a news conference on Capitol hill in Washington, DC, June 27, 2017. (Photo: Eric Thayer / The New York Times)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with other Senate Republicans during a news conference on Capitol hill in Washington, DC, June 27, 2017. (Photo: Eric Thayer / The New York Times)

Modern science says: “The sun is the past, the earth is the present, the moon is the future.” From an incandescent mass we have originated, and into a frozen mass we shall turn. Merciless is the law of nature, and rapidly and irresistibly we are drawn to our doom.

— Nikola Tesla

Under normal circumstances, in a normal time, on a normal planet, this would be an article about the cataclysmic self-inflicted demise of the Republican Party as a functioning political entity in the United States of America … and if we had ham, we could have ham and eggs, if we had eggs. These are not normal circumstances, this is not a normal time, and gadzooks, this is not a normal planet.

Consider the facts in hand: The Republicans nominated and then elected a farcical caricature of a buffoon, a vulgarian oaf, a serial liar of Brobdingnagian proportions, a confessed misogynist and serial assaulter of women, a fact-free ignoramus too ego-blinded to recognize how much he doesn’t know, to the highest office in the land. To the surprise of virtually no one, he has bollixed up the job so comprehensively that his approval rating currently hovers somewhere below pig offal, and in five short months he has become the most despised world leader since Caligula.

For a moment let’s leave aside the deliberate deconstruction of the State Department and the Environmental Protection Agency. Set aside his recent assault on clean water and press freedom. Forget for the time being his incomprehensible disdain for climate science, even as he has walls built to protect his golf courses from the encroaching ocean. Temporarily ignore the distinct possibility that he sold our democracy down the Volga River because he owes money to a bunch of Russian oligarchs. Let’s talk Twitter, and What It All Means in the main.

Plenty of critics have…

Read more