Republican Dog Food, Par Deux

Spontaneous Republican Combustion

Five weeks ago I wrote what’s beginning to look like the first installment in a continuing series on the Rethuglican Party’s self-immolation. It began thusly:

Citing the public’s “. . .deep seeded antipathy toward the president, the war, gas prices, the economy, foreclosures and, in some areas, the underlying cultural differences that continue to brand our party,” former Republican Party leader Rep. Tom Davis this week observed that “the Republican brand is in the trash can. . . if we were dog food, they would take us off the shelf.”

Pulling up Talking Points Memo this AM, under its Campaign Wire column, are the following headlines:

WA GOP Candidates Won’t Identify As Republican
Conservative Activist Grover Norquist: Obama Is “Kerry With A Tan”
GOP reps. advised to avoid party brand

If they don’t have one up already, over the doorway to the Rethugs’ coat room should be a sign that says “No Smoking.”

No sense in throwing gas on the flames.

UPDATE: Arianna Huffington over at HuffPo cites long time Rethuglican insider Bob Novak for the following:

But Novak documents something even more significant: the overpowering sense of revulsion with Bush and today’s Republican Party felt by many conservatives. The money quote is delivered by a long-time GOP loyalist: “The Republican Party is a dead rotting carcass with a few decrepit old leaders stumbling around like zombies in a horror version of Weekend With Bernie [sic], handcuffed to a corpse.”


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