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In what may well come to be seen as the culmination of the death throes of the Reagan Republican party, the first echoing retort shot across the media today as the cracks in the GOP began to give way to calving chasms and massive bergs sheared off the weathered cliffs.  The ability of Michael ("No, really! I'm, like, hip to your happening shizang my home young gentlepersons!") Steele and the GOP "leadership" (or is that "GOP" leadeship?) to maintain anything like coherency even among the reduced ranks of Republican membership is not only in retreat:

It's in hiding.

In the special election in the 23rd Congressional District race, Dede Scozzafava - the Republican candidate - quit the race today after hearing that she is being out-polled by the Conservative Party candidate that Alaskan Blogger Sarah Palin is supporting.

How much longer can the GOP pretend to be able to present a viable image as a serious contender for national leadership?  At this point, even as an opposition party it is questionable - representing neither the views of the moderate right (like myself and most righthanded Mooses) nor the Palindrome Constitutionalist Flat-Earthers who are driving its agenda.

Does anyone really think that the GOP will have reorganized itself sufficiently to be a real threat of taking control of the houses of Congress in 12 months?  Does it seem even vaguely reasonable to see the party rallying 50%+1 of the population to take the white house in a campaign that will need to start in 12 months?

This Moose doesn't think so.

Originally posted to chrisblask on Sat Oct 31, 2009 at 08:28 AM PDT.

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