Maybe the party is finally over.
Meaning not simply the
Except now we see signs suggesting maybe a corner has been turned. There was, for example, that surprising bipartisan consensus on immigration reform, which one would have thought about as likely as a
There's more. Fox "News," for many years the communications arm of the GOP, just ditched two of its fieriest firebrands: Dick Morris and
Then there is
So yes, signs are plentiful that something is afoot among the Republicans. But what does it mean?
One might hope it signifies the party's decision to abandon its alternate universe, offer reasonable alternatives to those voters not convinced that any one party or ideology has all the answers. One might hope it means an orderly retreat from the hard edge of coded racism, gay bashing, Mexican electrocuting, anti-intellectualism and fact avoidance that has been passed off as wisdom in recent years. One might hope it means a return of grown-ups, pragmatism, reason -- and reasonableness.
One might hope.
But one might be well-advised to gird that hope with wariness, given that this is the same party whose leaders, as reported on PBS' "
No, he explained, he's talking about changing the packaging -- not what's in it. Putting lipstick on the proverbial pig, in other words.
That will inevitably disappoint those longing for a new GOP. One hopes the party's soul searching eventually leads it to understand the need for evolution. It should not -- and does not need to -- become simply a pale imitation of the other party. But it also should not -- and better not -- settle for being simply a prettied-up version of the extremist outlier it has become.
Because you know what you call a pig with lipstick on? A pig with lipstick on.