So the Senate has finally voted to give relief to unemployed Americans — thanks to Robert Byrd's successor from West Virginia, who helped Democrats overcome heartless Republican obstructionism today. And Elena Kagan is one step closer to her new job. (The nuts posting at Free Republic must be foaming over Lindsay Graham's vote as we speak.) But our thoughts this afternoon bend toward the great state of Idaho.
Why? Because the teabaggers there are draping the GOP with the most delicious albatross ever.
See, a mental case — coincidentally named "Beck" — is so mad that he's been denied victory in recent Republican state primaries that he marshaled his forces at the recent GOP state convention and rammed through a bunch of teabagger changes in the state party platform. Based on an extreme interpretation of states' rights — the kind "that plunged the nation into [the] Civil War," according to one Constitutional expert — the platform now "urges Idaho to seize federal land, recommends ending popular elections of U.S. senators and sings the praises of gold and silver — an inflation hedge to U.S. Federal Reserve-issued greenbacks."
Beck and his fellow extremists may be celebrating, but the state and national GOP should be bracing for a huge migraine. That's because, as reported by Yahoo news, the platform also requires that in 2012, "all Idaho GOP primary hopefuls will be asked to pledge support for the party platform or declare where they disagree [with it]. Beck says it should help voters identify those officials who aren't really Republicans."
As Flounder said during the wrecking of the homecoming parade in the movie "Animal House," "This is SO GREAT." Democrats shouldn't pop the cork yet, but they can start chilling the champagne.
Rabid teabagger litmus tests! What could be better? And let's not stop at the state level. The Idaho Republican Party should make all the 2012 GOP Presidential wannabees subscribe to this platform. We can't think of any better way to keep Republicans from enjoying the support of their extremist base without having to disavow the reprehensible views that that base holds.
"Leading the way," indeed! We cats PURR.