OK, I'm not thrilled with the title either. I was going for the Elmer Fudd "wascally wabbit" effect, but I'm not sure it carried in print. I have also considered changing my moniker for the Republicans from "GOP" to "IIE" (Idiots in Exile) but it's inaccurate since they're not technically IN exile, and it's rude even by my standards. But if you look at what's going on with them, you have to admit there is a certain cartoon-like quality to it all....
Next week, the GOP is meeting to elect the new head of the RNC. It looks like there will be 6 candidates. And it could be a 5-ballot process.
Mike Duncan (current chair) - he has done oh-so-well with the last two election cycles.
Chip Saltsman - You remember Chip. Think "Barack the Magic Negro."
Katon Dawson - He got his start in politics back in the 60's. During the Civil Rights movement. OPPOSING busing. So you won't be surprised that he only dropped his membership in a whites-only country club last September. Perhaps it doesn't matter that his son attended a debutant coming out ball at that same club last month. But speaking of coming out...
Ken Blackwell - Even beyond the "Jobs is bad" piece, we have this:
"I've never had to make the choice because I've never had the urge to be other than a heterosexual," Blackwell said, "but if in fact I had the urge to be something else I could have in fact suppressed that urge."
Saul Anuzis - You can read his full platform here. My favourite parts: "We must be the party that believes there is a place for God in our society." And "The Democrats only win when the media behaves like a division of the DNC."
Which brings us to Michael Steele. He used to be Lieutenant Governor of Maryland. He lost the 2006 Senate race to Ben Cardin. Michael is right wing, conservative in both economic and social issues. There's nothing really bad to say about his as Republicans go. He's got an uphill battle, though, since he's African American.
Here's the fun part about the meeting next week. We have a crumbling economy. We have people losing jobs left and right. We have a new administration committed to transparency and no lobbyists. But no worries for the GOP -- they're getting $25,000 a head from lobbyists serving on a non-profit board to talk with the GOP about business interests.
So who do you think will win?