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What’s happening to GOP?

You may choose to believe or disbelieve what I am about to say; it matters not one bit to me, but I just feel the need to ask: What in the world is happening to the Republican Party.

I do not detest all Republicans. Some of my better friends belong to that political party. FYI, my actual “best friends,” and I don’t count many of them, do not belong to the once-great party. We are friends for reasons that have nothing to do with politics.

I count many Republicans among those with whom I have good relationships. They are healthy. Many of my GOP friends happen to be active politicians. Some of them are conservative pols. Others of them are more moderate. One of them, a Texas state senator from Amarillo, is leaving the Legislature at the end of the year and I consider Kel Seliger’s departure a huge loss for the party.

Which brings me to the point. The departure of so many moderate Republican pols suggests to me that the nut-job, fruitcake, Donald Trump cultists are seizing control of the party that once stood for limited government, fiscal responsibility, equal rights for all Americans has become a cabal of cult followers who adhere to the whims and machinations of an individual. You know about whom I am referring, right?

Moderate GOP pols are fleeing Congress. They are leaving state legislatures. My fear is that they are being replaced in these important offices by goofballs and nut jobs, slobbering QAnon followers and those who adhere to The Big Lie perpetuated by the Liar in Chief.

This is a dark time in American political history.

I am going to keep looking for the light.


GOP men vs. GOP women on abortion

The men who run the Republican Party caucus on Capitol Hill are facing a determined foe.

They happen to be the women who comprise the rank and file of GOP legislators.

The battleground? It’s abortion. Men of the GOP? You’re in for a fight.

You go, ladies.


Female Republican House members are rising up against anti-abortion legislation that would stop abortions at the 20-week mark of a pregnancy. The legislation contains language about rape and suggests that even women who become pregnant as a result of a savage sexual assault must carry the pregnancy to full term. The provision in the bill required that women who are raped had to report the incident to police to be exempted from the 20-week rule. Some Republican moderate women said as many as 70 percent of rapes go unreported by women.

This is what happens when men — who know not a single thing about some of these intensely personal issues — make laws affecting women.

Congress intended to pass this legislation out on the 42nd anniversary of the historic Roe vs. Wade decision in the Supreme Court that stated the Constitution protects a woman’s right to end a pregnancy.

Conservatives are angry over the GOP moderates’ torpedoing of the legislation. Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, said the women will be “held accountable.”


They’ve acted responsibly and their voices need to be heard on this issue that only they understand.


Mitt is turning 'mushy,' according to Cruz

Mitt Romney hasn’t even said he’s running for president a third time in 2016 and already he’s taking barbs from his right flank.

The slinger is Sen. Ted Cruz, who says the Republican Party shouldn’t nominate someone from the “mushy middle.” The party needs someone who is, well, a stark conservative like … oh, let me think, Cruz?


But didn’t Mitt say he governed Massachusetts as a “severe conservative” while he was running for president two years ago? Didn’t Mitt try to establish his conservative credentials with the base of his party?

OK, he lost the election in 2012 to President Obama.

I’m still pulling for him to run. I’m also pulling for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to run for president.

Mitt says he’s interested in running; Jeb has formed an exploratory committee and has resigned from every non-profit board on which he’s served.

Mitt vs. Jeb would set up an interesting battle, don’t you think?

Jeb has been critical of Mitt’s myriad business interests. Mitt has been critical of Jeb’s moderate stance on immigration.

Meanwhile, the righties in the party are standing by. Cruz of Texas, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, former Gov. Rick Perry of Texas could make an interesting two-state scramble for the GOP nomination, given that all four of those TEA party favorites hail from either Texas or Florida.

Oh boy! This upcoming Republican campaign looks like a doozy.

I can’t wait to watch it unfold.