A reader forwarded this open letter to the Republican Party. It says everything I've been saying, and what should be obvious to any nonfoxified observer. Which means it'll either not be seen by those who could use a little reality-testing, or, if they happen to, it'll be rejected like a mismatched kidney. (I will say, though, that it's more of a screed than a thoughtful dissection. Not that I haven't done the same. And everything it says is demonstrably true):
...Thanks to you, Tea baggers – and many others among the GOP ranks – the GOP has placed itself in the position of having to try to appease a wide variety of unreasonable, unjust, unconstitutional, immoral, greedy and mutually exclusive demands – from a variety of radical, fascist, bigoted, misogynistic, extremist, ultra-wealthy, corporate, private military, special interest and Christian theocratic organizations and ideologues.
These interests have now quite literally bought and paid for the GOP and Tea Party – and many of these “personally interested parties” hold positions of power among your ranks. The ongoing sabotage of your party comes from within and from without.
You have successfully created a public media bubble and political echo chamber which have allowed you to create and propagate a “convincing” alternate reality that’s caused and allowed you to morph into your current delusional, harmful and self-destructive form – but that bubble is beginning to pop, and the echo chamber is cracking...One hopes the last part is true, too. Time will tell. Even if it is, the only way it'd matter is if people around the country decide to unelect teabagger-facilitating Republican representatives. It won't happen in any of the gerrymandered districts. So it'd be up to the elusive "reasonable" conservatives. Are there enough of them to make a difference? In districts where their votes would have meaning? Would they go so far as to vote D? If not, would electing "moderate" Rs mean they'd stand up for true (and truly dying) conservatism? Seems too many bridges, too much far.
On the other hand, after the vote to re-open the government, etc, there's this, from Andy Borowitz:
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Residents of the District of Columbia were roused from their sleep by a massive fireworks display over the White House just after midnight, as President Obama declared what he called “a national day of gloating.”
In addition to a ticker-tape parade, the day’s events will include a screening on the Mall of a clip reel of Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s marathon Senate speech, punctuated by sad trombone sounds.