If you watched the GOP debate last night you probably got the same sense that I did. They're a shipwreck waiting to happen. The entire class of republican presidential hopefuls not only ignored what happened the last time we tried Bush's failed policies, they demonstrated that they're committed to rearranging the deck chairs from the Bush-Titanic.
And unlike Skipper Bush, who operated in the dark, these guys have the light of hindsight. But they choose to ignore it.
A couple of things struck me from last nights debate.
* As a party, the GOP is tethered to a failed ideology.
* When the entire GOP panel rejected a moderators mythical budget proposal that would include $10 in cuts for $1 dollar in new tax revenue, the GOP field proved they're Grover Nordquist's political slaves, rather than genuine public servants.
* No candidate is prepared, at this time, to practice the bi-partisanship displayed by their hero Ronald Reagan, who raised taxes 11 times, then raised the debt ceiling 17 times (while effectively tripling our national debt).
In a few words, after watching President Bush blow through more than $5 trillion in projected budget surpluses with his budget busting trickle down policies, the current crop of GOP presidential hopefuls are more than happy to pursue the same failed course. Their tribute to the Bush Titanic last night made this very clear.
The only problem is that if one of these deckhands from the Bush Titanic gets into the White House the result is predictable: more tax breaks for the rich, and budget cuts for the rest of us.
In spite of their party's recent policy record, for the GOP it's full steam ahead. They want everyone to forget about the ship at the bottom of the sea, and to ignore the financial icebergs even Ray Charles could see. Simply mind numbing. Seriously. Even Captain Crunch is perplexed by the GOP's willingness to ignore what happened on the Bush Titanic.
The only potential bright side here is that the American public is starting to demonstrate that they are smarter than the GOP presidential hopefuls believe. But then again, they did vote for the Bush Titanic, twice.