Proposition: Never in the history of the Republic has there been a party as chock-full of mental and moral midgets as today’s Republicans.
Evidence: Dialogue between Ken Buck, the Republican nominee for Senator from Coloado, and David Gregory:
GREGORY: In a debate last month, you expressed your support for donâ€™t ask, donâ€™t tell, which we talked about with Mr. Gibbs. And you alluded to lifestyle choices. Do you that believe being gay is a choice?
BUCK: I do.
GREGORY: Based on what?
BUCK: Based on what?
GREGORY: Yeah, do you believe that?
BUCK: Well, I guess you can choose who your partner is.
GREGORY: You donâ€™t think itâ€™s something thatâ€™s determined at birth?
BUCK: I think that birth has an influence over it, like alcoholism and some other things, but I think that basically you have a choice.
It’s hard to keep count of how many ways this is wrong. But as a political move, it’s likely to annoy lots of alcoholics and their family members as well as lots of gays: and amuse everyone with a higher-than-room-temperature IQ.
This is what I meant about the service Christine O’Donnell has done the Republicans this year: in any other year, Buck and Angle and Toomey would seem like prize nut-cases. This year, they’re barely noticeable.
Footnote Is there some point at which the glibertarians figure out that the Tea Party crowd only counts as an ally if they forget all that stuff about, y’know, liberty, and concentrate entirely on making the income distribution more unequal?
So far, apparently not. But I keep hoping.