John Cole Laments How The Right Went Wrong
He’s a Republican, but not the kind that he sees so much of in the blogosphere and beyond these days.
As he puts it…this is no fun:
In short, it really sucks looking around at the wreckage that is my party and realizing that the only decent thing to do is to pull the plug on them (or help). I am not really having any fun attacking my old friends- but I donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t know how else to respond when people call decent men like Jim Webb a pervert for no other reason than to win an election. I donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t know how to deal with people who think savaging a man with ParkinsonÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s for electoral gain is appropriate election-year discourse. I donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t know how to react to people who think that calling anyone who disagrees with them on Iraq a ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œterrorist-enablerÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? than to swing back. I donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t know how to react to people who think that media reports of party hacks in the administration overruling scientists on issues like global warming, endangered species, intelligent design, prescription drugs, etc., are signs ofÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦ liberal media bias.
And it makes me mad. I still think of myself as a Republican- but I think the whole party has been hijacked by frauds and religionists and crooks and liars and corporate shills, and it frustrates me to no end to see my former friends enabling them, and I wonder ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Why canÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t they see what I see?ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? I donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t think I am crazy, I donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t think my beliefs have changed radically, and I donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t think I have been (as suggested by others) brainwashed by my commentariat.
Any Republicans out there feel the same?