The GOP: Big Tent or Big Top?

BRING IN THE CLOWNS - Republicans aren't the Party of the Big Tent, they're the party of the Big Top, Unable to address real problems with an answer other than no and constantly dragging out non-issues to deflect the glare.

BRING IN THE CLOWNS - Republicans aren't the Party of the Big Tent, they're the party of the Big Top, unable to address real problems with an answer other than no and constantly dragging out non-issues to deflect the glare.

Bring in the clowns!

Sometimes the Party of the Big Tent™ reminds me of that classic circus act where a plethora of clowns rides in on impossibly small fire engine and slapstick their way to guffaws.

It’s not as if the Democrats don’t have their fair share of boobs and charlatans, but it seems to be a mostly Republican trait to elevate non-issues to the level of insane fetishes.

The list is long: flag burning amendments, consorting with terrorists in Obama’s living room, blabber mouth ministers, and the apparent inability to read birth certificates. However, they really shine on their puffed-up “homosexual agenda”.

Many of the rabid base are as skittish as Don Knotts with a snoot full of coke about gays in the military, wedding chapels, or their own ranks.

For example, Andy Martin, an Illinois GOP Senate hopeful, is repeating a “solid rumor” that his opponent, Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), is – OMFG! – “a homosexual.”

I’d wager Martin could care less who Kirk beds in the privacy of his own home. But when it comes to politicking, he’s a smart knife-fighter who can smell blood all the way from Chicago to Springfield.

Take his explanation for outing (or not outing) Kirk. “The issue is not homosexuality, the question is hypocrisy,” Martin said. “People are entitled to their privacy, they are not entitled to live public lives in the closet.”

Humina, humina, whaaa? “People are entitled to their privacy,” but not entitled to remain publicly closeted? Aren’t you depriving them of their privacy by outing them?

But more importantly, what in business is it of yours or anyone else”s if he’s a flamboyant Cher look alike or a man minding his own business and being set upon by members of his own party?

To their credit, the Illinois Republican Party did disavow his statement, but I’m sure the bigoted faithful won’t pay much attention and the party probably won’t complain when he wins the nomination. Such is the way of American politics – Karl Rove style.

Big Tent? Nah, more like Big Top.

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