This thread is not about the election. Well, not exactly, anyway.
In a thread I’m too lazy to look for right now, I spoke of being voting Republican in my youth and changing parties a few years back. I did so because the party has become so co-opted by its most extreme and ruthless elements that there was not only no longer room for me, but also little reason for me to believe there ever would be again.
The current campaign is practically an exemplar of the problem. I used to really admire many republicans, McCain among them. Though he might support policies I opposed, I didn’t believe he did so for corrupt or venal reasons. He was a man of honor, I thought, and men of good will could disagree.
Senator McCain is not that guy anymore. He’s been seduced by the most horrid elements of his party, and perhaps has let that happen because he thinks he can come back from it later. But I don’t think he can. If he wins he’ll be beholden to the neocons, and if he loses, the rabid elements will redouble their effors to seek power for its own sake. That’s my take, anway.
Anyway…can the Republican Party possibly find its moral way again, or is it, as an institution, utterly irredeemable?