Children, once upon a time a long, long time ago, it was normal for a member of the Republican Party to actually support something proposed by the Democratic Party. Republicans supported President Kennedy’s effort to get a man on the moon, Republicans supported Harry Truman’s proposal for the Marshall Plan and other anti-communist efforts, heck, some Republicans even voted for the Lyndon Johnson Medicare proposal. Ah, that was a long, long time ago, when sanity ruled the nation. Today, if Barack Obama insists it is Saturday, any decent God Fearing Republican will insist it is Monday. Scott Brown won the Senate seat of Ted Kennedy even while defending the right of abortion and posing as something like a moderate Republican. But, within a few weeks he will have to vote for against the confirmation of Elena Kagan as a member of the Supreme Court. He is going to have to come up with a compelling argument, for or against, why he voted yes or no regarding the former Dean from Harvard who has strong Massachusetts ties. If he votes, yes, his rating among conservatives will become a nice round zero. If he votes, no, his rating among moderates in Massachusetts will go down.
The tragedy of the modern Republican Party is willingness of its members to vote to secure support from right wing ideologues, regardless of what this nation needs. We have come a long, long way from Theodore Roosevelt who backed government regulation of business, laws to protect workers, the income tax amendment, conservation of our national resources to the present dead brain status of Republicans. If an interesting idea entered the brain of a Republican, it would die of loneliness.