I probably disagree with him on more thing than I agree, but Charles Johnson, of Little Green Footballs, when presented with a post dated cheque from a crashing bank, rejected it when he saw it. Read his post, and read Andrew Sullivan’s response too.
As I have covered several times before, extremist wingnuts is what the problem with the US Republican Party is. Theocratic, authoritarian, homophobic, and misogynist wingnuts are not interested in governing a country; they are interested in governing you.
I am certain that most right–wingers are not wingnutsthe same way most left wingers are not moonbats. And yet the reasonable right–wingers are drowned out by a rabid base that is solidly us–versus–them, where wingnuts think that the “them” are absolute evil and while they hide behind empty words and doublespeaking rhetoric. And they hold the party hostage with political life or death over any moderate who dares to be moderate.
A real party would have principles. Some conservative principles are perfectly reasonable: respect for institutions, personal responsibility, intellectualism, incrementalism, fiscal responsibility; there is absolutely nothing wrong with those. What there is wrong with is denialism, extremism, hostility towards certain groups, misogyny, homophobia, theocracy, and torture are not good principles to stand for.