In just the last few emotionally cratering minutes I've read that ...
(1) Rick Santorum, a leading contender for the Republican Party's presidential nomination,, recently visited the state of Washington to warn its good citizens that should they approve same-sex marriage in a November referendum, both traditional marriage and the American family will "disintegrate," and they'll "destroy and undermine the church in American."
(2) Michele Bachmann, the GOP's first leading contender for the 2012 presidential nomination, has, on the merits of her manifest madness, "raised a whopping $4.5 million in the last three months" for her House reelection bid, perhaps "the largest of any House member this cycle."
(3) Allen West, who's every bit as malicious as Bachmann is mad, has "exceeded $4 million in his own quarter."
(4) Ron Paul, a spirited though never a leading contender for the GOP nomination, "bluntly told CNBC ... 'No' ... when asked about whether he was prepared to endorse Romney," not because Romney is behaving as crazily as Bachmann and as maliciously as West, but because, as the dissociative Paul put it, "there is essentially no difference from one administration to another."
The above is but a random sampling of the modern Republican Party's frightful abyss. There's nothing at all unusual about these stories; they are impeccably representative of a major political party that is thoroughly mad in the meanest of ways--indeed a party in which the maddest and meanest are also the most enthusiastically grassroots supported. The individual pols and their particular stories are virtually irrelevant. Of much deeper concern, one would think, to moderate independents is the collective pounding of a party going--or gone--irretrievably insane, and which a Romney administration would sit atop as it is ruled from below.
Yet what's more frightening than even the GOP's radically unhinged abyss? That there seems to be no bottom for the lowest of low-information voters, among whom crawl those preening, preternaturally befuddled, moderate independents whose preferences stagger hither and yon upon only the most superficial influences; that the most informed stand at the mercy of the least informed in a scattering of states; that we're only as good as the worst among us can be.