Actually, the GOP *needed* to impeach Clinton to have one to balance against the impeachment of Nixon. Assassination would just have made him a national icon like Kennedy.starroute speak, you listen. starroute angry, you hide.
While I don't think the GOP payback theory explains the assassinations, it does explain a lot of what the Republicans have been up to -- including the canonization of Saint Ronnie. The Democrats by and large produce presidents who are beloved, do good works after leaving office, and where the worst you can say about them is that some of them are oversexed. The Republicans tend to produce presidents who are reviled, spend their post-presidential years playing golf and chasing money, and who no woman would look at twice.
The Republicans, not being able to understand that there's an actual difference in personality between them and the Democrats, seem to think it's all a matter of PR and that if they can just smear enough Democrats and overinflate enough Republicans, they'll get back to parity. It's a lot like them calling the Democratic Party the "Democrat Party" -- not merely a cheap shot, but a Freudian response to their subliminal awareness that the Democrats are the party of the people and they aren't.
Democrats, being the generous, big-hearted people they mostly are, tend not to notice that the Republicans have a bad self-image problem, thinking of themselves as a pack of slimy, foul-smelling rat bastards who cower in dark corners and launch stealth attacks against the higher values of the nation. Unfortunately, there's no easy way to correct this, short of them turning into genuine human beings -- which is the one thing they seem determined not to do. It's a conundrum.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
slimy, foul-smelling rat bastards
i still haven't read this post by uranus about JFK - but here's starroute's comment:
Posted by lukery at 9/26/2006 09:59:00 PM