Politico's Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen--the Beltway's durable duo of convention über wisdom--boldly title their latest expose "The GOP, Fox political purge," which, as any lover of internecine bloodbaths would note, promises the thrill of a veritable reign of terror and gushing catharsis, but quickly reduces to a paper cut:
One high-profile Republican strategist, who refused to be named in order to avoid inflaming the very segments of the party he wants to silence, said there is a deliberate effort by party leaders to "marginalize the cranks, haters and bigots--there’s a lot of underbrush that has to be cleaned out."
Yeah, you got it. Think Mongo.
I sympathize not with our anonymous Republican strategist. The crankification of the GOP has been a wretched whirlpool of hatred and bigotry long in the making--a despicable process needlessly prolonged by mealy-mouthed, high-profile poltroons who have "refused to be named in order to avoid inflaming the very segments of the party [they want] to silence."
It's time to overtly cut the crap, to cease whispering unmentionables to the bland VandeHeis and Allens, and to start bellowing named denunciations with terrible abandon.
The GOP brand has gone from dog food to rat poison in a mere four years. And for the party's marketing strategists to think they can stage a tea-party purge as a tea-party social is a damnable obscenity to all lovers of Machiavellian bloodbaths and America's two-party system.