Yesterday, I placed myself in the position of a loyal Republican and asked, “Who are we supposed to listen to? Rush? Newt? Sarah? Cheney? Miss California?” Thanks to Gallup, I don’t need to wonder anymore:
Republicans aren't sure who speaks for their party, a new Gallup poll found -- but opinion is split between three fairly old white men who hold no political office.
Asked to name the "main person who speaks for the Republican Party today," Republicans across the country were most likely to name three men: Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich, and Dick Cheney. (Both Republicans and Democrats overwhelmingly say Barack Obama is the main person who speaks for the Democratic Party.) Forty-seven percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents could not even come up with a single name in response to the question.
47% couldn’t even come up with a name?!? Whoa. And the three that were named are old guys that don’t even hold office! That’s rough.
Understand, I’m a liberal Democrat, but if we are to have a healthy democracy, we really need a strong, thoughtful opposition party. Right now, our democracy is a shut-in, eating chips and giant meatball subs, while farting and playing with the lint that was just retrieved from it’s navel. Oh, and it just kicked over the ashtray that was overflowing with butts, which couldn’t be seen because it was obscured by pizza boxes and fast food bags.