Amid all the questions about the Republican party and its future … after losing many races in the 2006 mid-term elections and losing power completely in 2008 … one of the most-discussed is, who exactly is now the GOP spokesman?

Many have stepped forward to assert their authority, among them the bombastic and egomaniacal Rush Limbaugh, who wanted President Obama to fail until he decided differently was forced to modify that claim a bit; RNC chairman Michael Steele, who thought among other things that abortion was an individual choice until he reconsidered the matter and realized was forced to concede that it’s not; and a 14-year-old home-schooled kid formed out of the Alex P. Keaton mold.

You read that right, a 14-year-old. No joke. I kid you not (no pun intended!).

In addition there are others trying to position themselves as champions of the GOP, such as Alaska governor and former VP candidate Sarah Palin, an evangelical Religious Right airhead whose own family life falls vastly short of her “family values” rhetoric. And of course there are always Limbaugh’s co-windbags such as the sanctimonious and ever-outraged Sean Hannity.

It really is laughable, isn’t it? Actually it’s quite sad to see how far the “Party of Lincoln” has fallen. In the 80s and especially the 90s the GOP placed itself in the hands of bellicose religionists, and are now reaping the rewards of that association. So while the GOP’s lowly state is sad, and even a bit embarrassing to see as an American, it is nonetheless a well-deserved consequence of its decisions.

About the only good news in all of this is that there are no explicitly-religious players stepping in to take the party’s reins; and some who might have done so, are backing away. James Dobson, for example, recently resigned as head of the rabid evangelical outfit Focus on the Family. However, don’t count the Religious Right out just yet … they are still vocal and still powerful within the Republican party. And they still slaver and drool over every word that comes out of the mouths of non-preacher Rightists like Limbaugh, Hannity, and Palin.

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