I think the recent string of stories about Republican disarray are a bit overstated, but only a bit. Peggy pens perhaps the most painfully pithy point:

"This was a real wakeup call for us," someone named Robert M. Duncan, who is chairman of the Republican National Committee, told the New York Times. This was after Mississippi. "We can't let the Democrats take our issues." And those issues would be? "We can't let them pretend to be conservatives," he continued. Why not? Republicans pretend to be conservative every day.

I'm going to vote for McCain primarily because the thought of being so-close-yet-so-far to a conservative majority on the Supreme Court forces my hand. I've got no hope, however, that Congress will do anything even vaguely conservative until the current crop of Republican leaders is ousted.

(And can anyone think of a synonym for "most" that starts with a "p"?)

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