As a coda to a story on yesterday's instantly infamous Thad-Cochran-call-in clusterfuck, the Clarion-Ledger's Sam Hall pens an admirable judgment that seems universal in its application to contemporary Republican politics: "Wildly entertaining but wholly unprofessional."
In merely the past few weeks Republicans have treated us to elaborate praises of one lunatic rancher's libertarian anarchism; bizarre excoriations of a liberated U.S. Army captive; an official shutdown of even talk of immigration reform, just as the immigration crisis swells in national importance; utterly irresponsible chatter about military re-involvement in Iraq; an unholy glorification of "religious liberty" over civic law--in a secular state; positively unhinged hysteria over computer-chomped emails; and deranged, dissociative blatherings about how they left Iraq in a peaceful, orderly, and really nifty position that only a weak Democratic president could foul up.
All this on top of years of Republicans pressing for mysteriously necessary government shutdowns and global financial ruin, as well as years of blind obstructionism of virtually anything of any programmatic value.
I have neglected to mention several thousand similar Republican absurdities as contemporary politics, but you get the point--which, in general, is Sam Hall's: "Wildly entertaining but wholly unprofessional." What they're doing for the American political system is what John McEnroe did for tennis.
Someday we'll crawl out of their entertaining sewer for good, but my, it's a long time coming, isn't it?