Like a Virgin

  • “Republican Party has sold its soul” (Chicago Tribune, December 7)
  • “After the Roy Moore debacle, it’s clear the Republican Party has lost its soul” (Daily News, November 14)
  • “The Republican Party needs to search for its soul” (Globe and Mail, August 2)

  • “The Republican Party has lost its soul” (WaPo, August 3, 2016)
  • “On Islam, the GOP has lost its mind and forfeited its soul” (WaPo, July 25, 2016)
  • “Carson’s Trump endorsement: have Republicans lost their soul?” (Guardian, March 11, 2016)
  • “GOP: Lost its soul or just its mind?” (WorldNetDaily, May 4, 2015)
  • “Where is the soul of the GOP?” (MSNBC, March 12, 2014)
  • “The Republican Party finds its soul” (StarTribune, May 27, 2012)

55 comments:

1:59 am • Saturday • December 9, 2017

I want to shove all the pearls “moderate” Rethuglicans are clutching up their collective asses. Cognitive dissonance much?

12:02 pm • Sunday • December 10, 2017

They’re all wrong.
The modern GOPers never had a soul.

12:59 pm • Sunday • December 10, 2017

Yeah, I seem to recall a spate of such articles around ten years ago during peak CaliguBush foreign war fustercluck/eCONomic collapse. It’s only been sharply downhill and right over a cliff since then.

Toonces Look Out!!!!

2:06 pm • Sunday • December 10, 2017

@ManchuCandidate: Not in my lifetime. I keep trying to date the shift — Newt? Ronnie? Nixon? Goldwater?

By the time I reach Ike, I’m beyond personal lived memory. Liberal Republicans did walk the Earth in my youth — Rockefeller, Oregon governor McCall — but their prominence was far greater than their influence.

Poppy Bush was among them, more or less. When he capitulated on Voodoo Economics, that was the end of that.

10:35 am • Monday • December 11, 2017

@¡Andrew!: TOONCES

Man, Mario Batali. Groping harassing dudes are in such trouble. Do you think others will finally learn?

10:39 am • Monday • December 11, 2017

Here’s a story. When one of my brothers was in his late 20s, he was fired for sexual harassment. They were decorating for an office party, and two women were standing on a table so they could put decorations on something high (not sure what). Anyway, my brother started waving $1 bills at them. Our dad told me about it, and he was shocked ETA that my brother was fired. I was shocked, and I was like, “Dad. No. That’s not okay, and he should have been fired.” I wonder if their attitudes have changed. I’m pretty sure that being fired woke up my brother, but I wonder what our dad thinks.

The End

2:23 pm • Monday • December 11, 2017

Who has the proper stake and mallet to finish them? Can’t anything stop this madness? The ship is nearly on the rocks …

5:43 pm • Tuesday • December 12, 2017

I’d like to take this opportunity to register my outrage about the Bob Ross Chia Pet. Some things are sacred.

9:33 pm • Tuesday • December 12, 2017

What are you guys watching? I’m watching the NYT speedometer thing, and I feel like my heart is going to leap out of my chest.

9:37 pm • Tuesday • December 12, 2017

Hey – so are campaigns allowed to help people get IDs in states with the onerous/discriminatory voter ID laws? Maybe the DNC? I’d donate money to help. Hell, I gave Doug Jones 25 bucks, and that’s a big deal for me.

9:58 pm • Tuesday • December 12, 2017

@JNOV: Following Twitter, seeing as I’m a cord-cutter. I don’t have the stomach to watch the NYT needle swing back and forth.

10:09 pm • Tuesday • December 12, 2017

@nojo: Yeah. It’s disconcerting. I’m also watching WaPo’s map. It looks like nine counties have flipped to D so far.

10:13 pm • Tuesday • December 12, 2017

@JNOV: As TPM Josh says, cautious optimism. The details are all promising, but we can’t get ahead of things.

That said: Holee sheeit if Jones pulls this off.

10:19 pm • Tuesday • December 12, 2017

@nojo: Right? I would be incredibly sad if Moore won. He’s a horrible man.

10:21 pm • Tuesday • December 12, 2017

And you know what, excellent job, Black Alabamians! I hope they show the rest of us how hard we fought for the vote, and how hard we need to fight to keep it. There is untapped power that is often neglected.

10:23 pm • Tuesday • December 12, 2017

Fuck. Looked at the needle. Jumped from 82% to 95% Jones just as I scrolled to it. That’s dangerous shit, man.

10:25 pm • Tuesday • December 12, 2017

@nojo: I KNOW! This is scary. I had to double my antidepressants when Trump won, and I don’t want to get kicked in the teeth again. Holy shit, Alabama!

10:26 pm • Tuesday • December 12, 2017

Hey – I think the Jayson Blair dude is on TV.

10:27 pm • Tuesday • December 12, 2017

Holy shit.

10:27 pm • Tuesday • December 12, 2017

Not the Jayson Blair dude, Holy shit this is crazy! The Rs better start being nice to Black people!

10:29 pm • Tuesday • December 12, 2017

Alabama Goddamn!

10:44 pm • Tuesday • December 12, 2017

Holy fuck. We might take back this country yet.

(“We” indicating 40 percent of whites, plus everyone else.)

10:49 pm • Tuesday • December 12, 2017

A fucking self inflicted catastrophe for the GOP as they proved that less is Moore.

Good for them.

10:53 pm • Tuesday • December 12, 2017

Eleven counties flipped.

10:56 pm • Tuesday • December 12, 2017

Did Moore concede?

11:03 pm • Tuesday • December 12, 2017

I like the speech.

11:05 pm • Tuesday • December 12, 2017

I might cry

11:14 pm • Tuesday • December 12, 2017

THANK THE FSM CHRISTMAS CAME EARLY!!!

11:19 pm • Tuesday • December 12, 2017

@¡Andrew!: RIGHT?

11:25 pm • Tuesday • December 12, 2017

@JNOV: This calls for some celebratory MJ (as if I need an excuse).

11:29 pm • Tuesday • December 12, 2017

@¡Andrew!: YAZZZ

11:29 pm • Tuesday • December 12, 2017

Do we get a concession speech from that freak?

11:30 pm • Tuesday • December 12, 2017

Weak.

11:31 pm • Tuesday • December 12, 2017

What the hell are they trying to pull? I KNEW IT! Fuckers!

11:45 pm • Tuesday • December 12, 2017

@JNOV: Automatic recount at 0.5% difference. Lead was 1.1% last I heard.

But yes, keep eyes peeled. These are old Southern Dems, after all. They’re past masters at rigging.

11:47 pm • Tuesday • December 12, 2017

Right? Why are people making such a big deal about Alabama once being a D state? Those were Dixiecrats.

11:50 pm • Tuesday • December 12, 2017

@JNOV: The big deal is just a cynical attempt by wingnuts to pretend Republicans haven’t been successfully courting Dixiecrats since 1968.

But as a practical matter, these are the same folks, with the same habits. Caro details LBJ vote-rigging in Texas, for example.

11:56 pm • Tuesday • December 12, 2017

YAY! They’ve already counted the absentee ballots! YAY!

11:57 pm • Tuesday • December 12, 2017

@nojo: Ah.

10:29 am • Wednesday • December 13, 2017

No way in hayell do I wanna read Prezinazi Pu$$ygrabber’s shit twits today.

7:18 pm • Wednesday • December 13, 2017

Watching Fox & Friends this morning at the gym (because I have no say in what they put on their TV’s) the Fox and Friends crew made this laugh riot claim:

“Alabama vote was a referendum on Harvey Weinstein, not Trump.”

The claim was so ridiculously absurd I practically fell off the exercise bike laughing. As if we’re all too stupid to remember that Donald Trump is being accused of exactly the same sorts of things Weinstein is being accused of… by 15 women?!?!

7:22 pm • Wednesday • December 13, 2017

You were wondering who the smokin’ hottie was standing behind Doug Jones during his victory speech (don’t even bother denying it).

Once again, the internet does not disappoint and totally has our priorities in order. His name is Carson Jones, the senator-elect’s dashing gay son! He’s also apparently a zookeeper (???), so breakout those lion-tamer fantasies.

8:31 pm • Wednesday • December 13, 2017

@Serolf Divad:
BUt THOSE WOMEN ARE LIARS WHO ARE PAID FOR BY tHE RAND CORP AND GEORGe SOroS!!!

8:54 pm • Wednesday • December 13, 2017

NBC, today: “Roy Moore lost his election. But the GOP is losing its soul.”

Don!t worry, they’ll get it back in time to lose it again.

10:44 pm • Wednesday • December 13, 2017

Tavis Smiley spoke at my college graduation. I don’t remember any of his remarks. That is all.

2:02 am • Thursday • December 14, 2017

@mellbell: The Eugene mayor spoke at my high school graduation. Four years later, he spoke at my college summer graduation. He’s probably dead now, or else he’d be speaking at my funeral.

9:24 am • Thursday • December 14, 2017

@nojo: We had other speakers (four total), but none of them were “names” in the same way as him. The year before, three of the four were people most folks had heard of, including the late great Molly Ivins, but alas, I was studying abroad and missed it.

11:05 am • Thursday • December 14, 2017

Just read a tweet quipping that “Donald Trump is out of his depth on a wet sidewalk.” How have I never encountered that wonderful variant of “out of his/her depth” before?!

11:30 am • Thursday • December 14, 2017

You know Microsoft done fucked up when the highlight of my week so far is that our tech support has agreed to downgrade my version of Office from 2016 to 2013.

2:00 am • Friday • December 15, 2017

Not the best-titled post to put this under, but congratulations to Chicago Bureau on merging operations.

12:16 pm • Friday • December 15, 2017

@nojo: Is that an 80s-esque marriage euphemism?

3:19 pm • Friday • December 15, 2017

@¡Andrew!: Just a fresh 2017 engagement euphemism.

4:13 pm • Tuesday • December 19, 2017

I did not think it possible that Susan Collins was even more craven than her previous actions had shown her to be. I was wrong.

1:48 am • Wednesday • December 20, 2017

‪Are we rioting yet?‬

10:22 pm • Wednesday • December 20, 2017

@nojo: Maybe Tuesday

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