Olympia Snowe’s departure is causing a lot of lamenting about the end of moderation in the Republican Party. The problem is that Snowe wasn’t a moderate; she’s a hard line conservative who probably falls to the right of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. Yes, she voted against the Blunt amendment—in fact, it seems like it might have been the Blunt amendment that broke her ability to keep being a Republican anymore—but that vote was more about whether or not you have a grip on reality anymore, going far beyond ideology. That she’d rather quit than change parties or go independent is telling. Outside of her belief that women are people, she’s a crazy wingnut; I challenge you to watch some of her speeches in the Senate for an idea of how bad off she is.
So we kick off today’s Panda Party with this observation: The moderate Republican died a long time ago. The mainstream media is only now noticing because they’ve been dragged so far to the right. Discuss. And come to the Panda Party, which I will kick off with this song by Iggy Pop: