|Barry Blitt via The New Yorker|
Normally, I would not post any irreverent image of President Lincoln, but in this case, I can make the exception with a clear conscience. If he had already been restive in his tomb due to the likes of Bush 43, Nixon, and less famous republicans who have disgraced varying degrees of Public Office, he is surely retching and spewing at the likes of the gop's frontrunners now. Actually, knowing President Lincoln's sensibilities and esteem for his countrymen, he is probably more likely weeping with sorrow at what has happened to the nation he worked so hard to save.
Of course, some polls have a different frontrunner, the equally alarming anti-science, history-rewriting doctor whose flip comment regarding the recent Oregon school shooting flummoxed even his Fox News hosts. In typical somnolent, sotto voce style, the good doctor vowed that he would never have been so meek as to have been slaughtered by a gunman without a fight. He would have rallied everyone by intoning, "Hey guys. Everybody attack him. He may shoot me, but he can't get us all." And then...he laughed. (abt. 5:02) But you know those republicans; they hate political correctness.
Jeb! has begun to sound like the exasperated Student Council president who is upset because of student apathy about Sixties Theme Dress-Up Day. As he reminded us not so long ago, he has "a lot of really cool things that [he] can do other than sit around and be miserable listening to people demonize [him]", leaving everyone wondering, of course, why he doesn't simply Go Off And Do Them. One can only imagine how many phone calls Barbara Bush has endured since June that have started off with "Mo-om! It's just not Fair!"
Don't worry; I won't go on. I can't. It's exhausting, isn't it? And I have to keep telling myself that Last Time, Herman Cain was enjoying his Moment In The Sun.
(I know, who? Oh, yeah...that one guy.)
It's all so very disappointing, though. Sigh.
Let's say you're a registered republican; who do you vote for? Play along in Comments.
(Readers: please remember that I do not, on principle, capitalize the republican party or any of its synonyms. It's My Thing.)