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  •  The fact that he's retiring (7+ / 0-)

    allows him to say what he really thinks.  I saw that interview and I think it was genuine.

    The problem is, for Republicans to become logical and emotionally stable and once again become a principled conservative party... well, all that requires that they admit defeat on a whole host of things:  

    They have to come to terms with social security remaining a federal program.  

    They have to come to terms with the exceptionally damaging foreign policy legacy from Reagan right through George W Bush even if they start by admitting that overreach causes empires to collapse - true of the Roman Empire, true of the British Empire.  

    They even have to come to terms that most of us sane people are as scared of hard-core NRA survivalist gun nuts as we are of armed drug dealers - and that their current base actually defines dangerous loony criminal for a good number of Americans.  

    They have to admit and make amends and get behind the idea that supporting marriage equality is a deeply conservative idea.

    They have to recognize and internalize and take some joy in the fact that American identity is no longer synonymous with white identity - and most importantly, that this is not a bad thing.

    But they can't. The party has become linked to identity rather than even philosophy or a platform.  It's about ethnonationalist identity, which means a long decline with potential for violence.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 06:43:35 AM PST

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