I love a good rant, especially one backed up by cold, hard facts and solid arguments. And Kurt Eichenwald of Vanity Fair has blogged one of the best rants I’ve ever seen. It is made all that much more powerful by the fact that Eichenwald is not a blatant partisan, and is actually concerned that the Republican party seems hell-bent on “self-destruction, paranoia, and delusion”:
Today, for Republicans, up is down and front is back. Lying has become so ingrained into the conservatives’ national dialogue that they are now dangerously demagogic or, worse, severely unhinged. Blind rage at the election of Barack Obama has wrecked a once great political party. Its leaders have made so many deals with the devil in their almost pathological obsession with unseating Obama that they have pushed the GOP into its own version of political hell – unable to speak truths to their now-rabid and conspiracy-addled base and unable to right the party back onto a path of responsibility.
He states his conclusion right up front:
Only through the disinfectant of defeat can the Republicans, and the two party system, be preserved. And so, the campaign of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan must be consigned to the ash heap of history. Defeat must not only be decisive, it must be crippling.
And then he calmly and methodically proceeds to give the evidence to support this conclusion, in the process destroying every argument the Republicans have to offer.