No, really. This is a thing that happened.
My feelings are mixed. On one hand, I’m disappointed and shocked (as usual… maybe I should stop being shocked by this) that the republican party would do something so idiotic, short-sighted, and insane; I’m disappointed that people who play a role in running the country are so encapsulated in their own little bubble that they completely fail to understand that “conservative” and “republican” include things other than “tea party nutjob”. On the other hand… Well, here’s my response from a different forum to someone celebrating this development:
You (and the Maricopa GOP) are deranged. McCain is no Michele Bachmann, but he’s sure as hell not a liberal. And you know what? I hope you guys keep doing this to yourselves. I hope you keep throwing out “RINOs” like McCain. Hell, I sincerely hope that Chris Christie is next. Do you know why? Because it helps to marginalize your party. Every time so-called “RINOs” are thrown out and replaced by teabaggers on the fringe, more and more independents look at your party and say, “You know what? You guys are fucking crazy, and I can’t vote for that”. Take my home state of Maine. Not the most liberal state (in fact, probably one of the most conservative in New England), but she voted with her conscience. Sure, she was a republican, but she also wasn’t crazy. And she got slammed as a RINO. And then she resigned, citing extreme partisanship and “dispiriting political environment”. And then we got an independent who caucused with democrats in her place. No way any of that could have anything to do with the fact that the republican party now seems to require a party discipline which is insane - demanding that its members toe the line of a minority caucus within the party, eh? Of course not.
So please, GOP, keep doing this. Keep on throwing out big-name, charismatic, well-liked figures because they’re slightly to the left of Joe McCarthy. Keep on denouncing those within your ranks as “RINOs” when they fail to be sufficiently crazy. It will hurt the country in the short term (more crazies always will) but in the long term, it’ll lead to the rightful marginalization of the republican party until they pull their shit together and shift towards the center, and abandon the fucking lunatics in leadership positions. So go on. Call McCain a RINO. Call Christie a RINO. Say that Boehner doing the right thing and ending a harmful government shutdown is akin to treason to the party. Because the more you do, the more the nation realizes, “holy shit, these people are lunatics.”
P.S. If you support this decision and are a republican, congratulations! My previous statements about “deranged” “fucking crazy” “a bunch of lunatics” apply equally to you.