Its logo suggests an elephant sneaking up behind you. Its flagship blog underwent a name change within its first three hours: from the self-consciously “hip” title “What Up,” to the inoffensive “Change the Game”. It lists the Iraq War as a success. It’s the new Republican Party website, and the damn thing just parodies itself. Read all about it here, but I feel compelled to add this last part —
Republicans love to call themselves the “Party of Lincoln” (the website is no exception), and attribute that great man’s accomplishments to their party. Their party, fine, but not their ideology. While Lincoln was a Republican, remember, the Republican Party was founded out of the ashes of the Whig Party to be a radically liberal, anti-establishment party bent on first “free soil,” and second, abolition. The former stance was fairly center-left in 1863; the latter, stridently progressive. But the events of the twentieth century stood the two-party system on its head, converting the Republicans into the status quo party, and the Democrats into the progressives. FDR and Johnson started the flip; Reagan finished it.
It’s this same sort of historical legerdemain that lets the Republicans take credit for the Fourteenth Amendment, which they now oppose, except as applied to the Second; and the construction of the first trans-continental railroad, which required both profligate use of eminent domain, and incredible state expenditure — socialism!
While the Republican Party was once the nation’s thought leader, carrying the twin torches of liberty and science forward, today, in the modern era, those days are long past. Tracing names can get you a lovely talking point, and a fine-sounding motto, but it’s not exactly the most honest way to trace a modern group’s intellectual roots.”Grand Old Party” indeed: its grandeur is long past.