My wife and I are great fans of the HBO series, The Newsroom. The principal character, Will McAvoy, is a cable news network’s main anchor person. He is a lifelong Republican but is not hesitant to take on the insanity he finds in his political party these days. In the final episode of the second season McAvoy said what I’ve long felt, but said it better than I ever could.
Taylor Warren: Do you call yourself a Republican so you can make a claim to credibility when you attack the GOP?
Will McAvoy: No, I call myself a Republican ’cause I am one. I believe in market solutions, and I believe in common sense realities and the necessity to defend ourselves against a dangerous world and that’s about it. Problem is now I have to be homophobic. I have to count the number of times people go to church. I have to deny facts and think scientific research is a long con. I have to think poor people are getting a sweet ride. And I have to have such a stunning inferiority complex that I fear education and intellect in the 21st century. But most of all, the biggest new requirement, really the only requirement, is that I have to hate Democrats. And I have to hate Chris Christie for not spitting on the President when he got off Air Force One. The two-party system is crucial to the whole operation. There is honor in being the loyal opposition.
Like I’ve said many times to my Republican friends, this ain’t your grandfather’s GOP. Today’s GOP is a classic example of the crazies grabbing control of the mental hospital.