If I’m in charge of the non-Republican of the two major political parties, I think I have a way to completely short-circuit any Republican opposition to my plans: just mention the Fairness Doctrine.
First, it proves that Rush Limbaugh actually is the effective head of the Republican Party, as any mention of it immediately sends conservatives into a tizzy as if you just told them that you’re buying out their church rec room and converting it to an abortionarium, the new word I made up for my dream room celebrating the termination of pregnancies of all shapes and sizes. Admission is $15.
Second, the continued feverish reaction to any mention of a resurrection of a long-dead balance regulation that the Democratic President has already voiced his opposition to and would likely fail to pass any constitutional muster shows the same inherent weakness of the GOP that’s put them where they are today – they have an incredible ability to coalesce around an issue and push it to the moon, but they just pick really stupid things to push that make Michelle Malkin feel like she’s in the ideological heated La-Z-Boy of her soul, but which regular people sort of scratch their heads about.
The great organizational strength of the GOP is also its great weakness – its own territorial narcissism that led it to believe that immigration and terrorism would be the guiding lights forward for its party, that it had a new hold over the youth of America, that Twitter would save it from its own insanity. It allows them to make certain things into defining electoral issues (same-sex marriage, terrorism in 2004) but also allows them an amazingly Rube Goldbergian-style ethos that creates a body of evidence so complex and interwoven that it boggles the mind, and they do this for virtually any topic upon which they fixate. What Democrats have never gotten is that this is a perfect way to deal with the GOP: give them a stupid thing to obsess over, and then watch them obsess over it endlessly, with no concern for their overall well-being.