Jon Stewart delved into the mystery that is “moderate Republicans,” and why GOP moderates refuse to stand up and put a halt to their party’s recent madness in shutting down the government and now threatening to default on the national debt.
Jon Stewart: This seems crazy. Why are these moderate Republicans hiding behind closed doors?
Al Madrigal: Maybe they’re afraid, of being judged by their families, colleagues. Afraid of not being accepted for who they are.
Jon Stewart: Judged for what, for being moderate?
Al Madrigal: Oh, they prefer the term “bipartisan curious.” And there’s way more of them than you realize, John.
Jon Stewart: Well, if they aren’t open about their political orientation, then how do they even find each other?
Al Madrigal: Oh it’s easy John. They use an app called “Votr.”
The castrati complex is nothing new to moderate Republicans. I remember back to my time working in the Senate, in the early 1990s, and how moderate Republicans were usually too afraid to stand up to the conservative Republicans who ran the party even back then. Olympia Snowe was never a match for Don Nickles. And she rarely attempted to be. Which only increased her irrelevance.
And everyone knows that it’s common fare nowadays for GOP presidential candidates to get into a screaming match over who’s the bigger “Reagan Republican.” Heck, even Mitt Romney, who once spoke derisively of Ronald Reagan, felt he had to put the conservative Reagan mantle on in order to win the GOP primaries.
Say what you will about Democrats, but you never see Democratic presidential candidates tripping over each other to proclaim who’s the most liberal (other than the candidates who stand no chance of winning). As much as Republicans, and some in the media, like to talk about how “both parties have been taken over by their extremes,” on the left taking over the party is a dream, on the right it’s reality.
Here’s Jon Stewart, below, doing his best to offend bisexuals. Who must never be spoken lightly of. Because they’re very serious people. And it is always wrong to make light of anyone’s sexual orientation.
And let’s face it, we’d never dare joke about someone being gay.