“Where Children Are Neither Seen Nor Heard”

Yesterday, my brother sent out a link to an article at Daily Kos which compares the Republican party to indulgent parents, giving in to every want and whim of its crazy base.  I couldn’t help but think of that sentiment when I read about Michael Steele’s newest soon-to-be-clarified comments:

“All you moderates out there, y’all come. I mean, that’s the message,” Steele said at a news conference. “The message of this party is this is a big table for everyone to have a seat. I have a place setting with your name on the front.

Understand that when you come into someone’s house, you’re not looking to change it. You come in because that’s the place you want to be.”

The emphasis is mine, because I’m laughing out loud at Steele’s audacity.  He does sound a bit like a parent, although he’s put a different face on to talk to the naughty moderates as opposed to the indulge-able crazies.

Does this man really have no idea how to do anything?  He’s been told that the Republican party has to be a “big tent” party to succeed in future elections, so now he’s decided it’s time to start luring moderates in.  But in doing so he has to remind them that the party doesn’t plan to hew to the center at all — the moderates will have to learn to be happy with that. As Steve Benen wrote, “GOP moderates are welcome to stick around in the party, just so long as they realize they won’t be seen, won’t be heard, and aren’t allowed to have any influence.”

Why would you do that?  Why would you go over to that house at all?  They’re serving cardboard sandwiches and water with lemon and everyone’s wearing itchy sweaters.

The come-as-you-are party next door, with the grill fired up out back and the cooler full of beers, looks like it’s a lot more fun.

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