Clown car, hmmm, harsh? Not at all. I agree 100% with this assessment. As we move forward from here, we need to be smart about recognizing what truly went wrong, not finding a scapegoat.
From The Art of War by Sun Tzu:
All warfare is based upon deception. If your enemy is superior, evade him. If angry, irritate him, If equally matched, then fight him. If not–split and re-evaluate.
Politics is warfare and all politics is based upon deception, as well as perception. And right now, the perception of the Republican Party is that we are a bunch of clowns. Don’t believe me? Well, Chris Cilliza and Aaron Blake of The Washington Post have the numbers, and as my old college calculus professor used to say, “The numbers don’t lie”. According to the numbers, Mitt Romney out-performed eleven out fifteen of the Republican Senatorial candidates, and the four that he didn’t out-perform were from very blue states that Republicans never win.
I LOVE that Art of War quote. Make sure you read the entire article.
Stacy gives us what he calls a ‘lecture’, but it’s spot on.
If selfishness and stupidity are “True Conservative” principles — if an unwillingness to engage in broad-based coalition politics is celebrated as a virtue — then we are truly doomed. Puerile gestures and egocentric bullying are incompatible with effective teamwork. To borrow a phrase from Elbert Hubbard, “Get Out or Get In Line.”
Read the rest of the lecture here. Live and learn my friends, live and learn.