Thursday, May 7, 2009

When The Environment Changes - Adapt Or Die

Time magazine's cover story on how the Republican party -- with no new ideas and a lack of leadership -- is struggling to find its way as the political environment is rapidly changing around the one time Grand Old Party:

Twenty thousand years ago, when climate change dramatically
altered the woolly mammoth's environment, they had to
resort to eating their own dung to stave off extinction.
-- It didn't work then either.
"As the party has shrunk to its base, it has catered even more to its base's biases, [by continually re-ingesting old talking points] that the New Deal [banking regulation and stimulus spending] made the Depression worse, carbon emissions are fine [as in beneficial] for the environment and tax cuts actually boost [tax] revenues -- even though the vast majority of historians, scientists and economists disagree.

The RNC is about to vote on a kindergartenish resolution to change the name of its opponent to the Democrat Socialist Party. This plays well with hard-core culture warriors and tea-party activists convinced that a dictator-President is plotting to seize their guns, choose their doctors and put ACORN in charge of the Census, but it ultimately produces even more [party] shrinkage, which gives the base even more influence -- and the death spiral continues."

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