OTHERWISE KNOWN as the quote of the day.

Now, if I were a Washington pundit, I’d launch into some boring speech about how both sides are equally to blame, and then I’d call it a day and we’d all meet at Katherine Graham’s house for cocktails. Which is weird because Katherine Graham is dead. But this is why you never see us booking George Will and Peggy Noonan on my show (besides the fact that they wouldn’t do it): Because the same old Washington pundits haven’t said anything interesting since disco. Also because the idea that the blame for our government’s dysfunction is equally shared by the parties just is a giant, steaming mound of horseshit and anyone who has paid attention to politics over the last 20 years knows it. Or as I like to call it, “The Rise of the Party of the Apes.” – Bill Maher

What Bill Maher doesn’t understand and neither do a lot of others is that what the activists on the Democratic side won’t do, because their party has the presidency, the Tea Party has done to Republicans, tying Congress, the leaders and the entire GOP in knots.

It’s hard to know how long it will last if Mitt Romney goes down in November, or if the failures of the extreme right will continue to grow through Sen. Rand Paul after his father steps back a bit from the stage, but one thing is certain. George W. Bush’s presidency inspired the hard right conservatives in America to fight for what they believe in, with the point driven home in the Democratic shellacking of 2010.

Democrats don’t seem to be willing to fight for anything except themselves, meaning each politician fighting for their own fiefdom. Democratic voters have even been lulled into believing that voting “D” is all that matters, the message received loudly from leadership.

Nothing confirms that more firmly than having the Democratic Party convention in a right-to-work state.

Postscript: The column I wrote in January for U.S. News & World Report, “Time for a Tea Party of the Left” remains as relevant today as it was back then.