The fringe in control

How completely have the loonies taken over the Republican Party? Tony Perkins, head of the SPLC-documented hate-group Family Research Council, wrote the marriage plank in the Republican platform.

Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, says he wrote the Republican National Committee’s marriage plank for the RNC platform. Perkins, head of the certified anti-gay hate group, told Buzzfeed, “You should read the entire plank on marriage, which I wrote. I feel very happy about it. I feel pretty optimistic about the outcome here.”

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The entire RNC platform — crafted every four years ahead of the Republican National Committee’s presidential nominating convention, was edited by fraudulent historian David Barton, according to sources familiar with the event. Barton’s claim to fame is that he believes the Constitution comes directly from the Bible.

Romney faces today the same dilemma that faced John McCain, a powerful right wing that is wildly out-of-step with reality and unwilling to compromise. He can’t win the election without them, and he can’t win the votes of sane people so long as he is associated with them. Nor can the Republicans easily get rid of them; to do that will require precinct-by-precinct warfare from one end of the country to the other.

This is not a reprise of 1968, when the SDS et. al. tried to take over the Democratic Party; they were outsiders. The nutcases now running the GOP are solidly middle-class and middle-aged and at least don’t have the look of anti-social freaks. What is more, a Romney defeat won’t end the mayhem; the loonies will complain that he wasn’t ‘conservative’ enough, that they should have known better than to nominate a Mormon, et cetera, et cetera. So even a decisive loss, a landslide, won’t be enough to put the grown-ups back in charge.

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