“You know how in Scrabble sometimes you look at your seven letters and you’ve got only vowels that spell nothing? What do you do? You go back to the pile. You throw your letters back and hope to pick up better ones to work with. That’s what Republican primary voters seem to be doing. They just keep going back to the pile but still coming up with only vowels that spell nothing.” (Friedman, 2/11/12)
I couldn’t have said it better myself. This op-ed sums up the present state rather well, not that I necessarily agree with every specific point. Nonetheless, there’s indeed a necessary distinction to be made between “conservative” and “radical,” especially when both terms are– ironically enough– placed on the same side of the aisle. Among all else, I’m reminded of what I wrote here just two weeks ago, while enjoying the present echoing of my sentiments. A “different kind” is most definitely in order. Obviously this is not just my own opinion.