Ed Rollins, the onetime two-minute Bachmann man, writes for FoxNews.com a blood-curdling letter of astonishing disconnect. It specifically addresses, as I'm sure you already know, Michele B.'s "shock[ing]" irresponsibility in her character assassination of Secretary of State Clinton's high-ranking aide, Huma Abedin. Yet the terminology Rollins uses to describe Ms. Bachmann has been used to describe the GOP at large by responsible observers for at least a decade.
To wit, Rollins accuses Bachmann of being "outrageous," "false," "extreme," "dishonest," "downright vicious," "McCarthy[ite]" and "reckless," as well as possessing a "difficulty with ... facts" and being endowed by a "grievous lack of judgment."
All true, of course. Bachmann is ignorant, stupid, nihilistic, blindly doctrinaire, irrelevant to decency and reality and thus the very exemplar of contemporary GOP intolerance and hate. Indeed she ... is ... the ... GOP; she is Eric Cantor, she is Mitch McConnell, she is Louie Gohmert and Virginia Foxx and Jim DeMint and Rand Paul and Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum.
She is the embodiment of ideological lunacy and political unscrupulousness and a searing detestation of all that a socially just America can or ever could be. She is Mitt Romney's squalid ambition, she is the Republican-controlled Congress of America's sabotage, she is the Reince Priebus of talking-points fatuity.
She is everything the Republican Party aspired to, and has achieved. Of this, not a sober observer is unaware. Still, Rollins ponders in his letter that "The Republican Party ... is going to become irrelevant if we become the party of intolerance and hate."
Ed, where the hell have you been?