Nothing on taxes. Nothing on gun control. Nothing on climate change. Nothing on gay marriage. Nothing on immigration reform (or an incremental, piece-by-piece approach, which will result in nothing). It’s a very odd situation when the losing party is the party refusing to negotiate. It may be how you disrupt, but it is not how you govern, or how you ever hope to regain a majority. – Mark McKinnon

BEFORE CHRISTMAS, Mark McKinnon was so distraught he begged Santa for a “new GOP.” The things I wanted for Christmas were a lot easier for my hubby Mark to deliver!

The GOP is so bad and it’s easy to count the ways.

Character Will McAvoy did it in the new HBO show The Newsroom.  Here are some of the issues that stuck out to Aaron Sorkin, the show’s creator, which McAvoy laid out in the finale of the first season.

  • Ideological purity
  • Compromise as weakness
  • A fundamentalist belief in scriptural literalism
  • Denying science
  • Unmoved by facts
  • Undeterred by new information
  • A hostile fear of progress
  • Demonization of education
  • Need to control women’s bodies
  • Severe xenophobia
  • Tribal mentality
  • Intolerance of dissent
  • Pathological hatred of US government

I don’t agree with all of these and I even think there are a few more.  Starting with the pathological fear that opportunity to get ahead be spread across the American population, which begins with shoring up the middle class and that can’t happen without a living wage.

McKinnon was right to ask Santa for a “new GOP.” Unfortunately, Santa’s not a miracle worker and I doubt Jesus would be too impressed by Republicans and their penchant for sticking up for multi-millionaires.