Tuesday, February 15, 2011

GOP/Tea Party heading for Disney World

AFTER THE RAUCOUS conservative conference in D.C. the past week end, word leaked out quickly that GOP leaders have agreed to shift the site of the 2012 Republican National Convention to Disney World. Some of the delegates, shown at left, have already arrived in Orlando for the rehearsals to take advantage of the party's momentum.

Smart move. There is no finer venue for make-believe than Disney World, so the delegates will hold forth in a perfect comfort zone.

There are so many issues to resolve within the party that it will doubtless take more than year to resolve them. For example, there's no agreement on what Americans should fear the most, although most of the alarms are color-coded. The late polls tell us that 51 pct. of Republicans are shuddering in their conviction that President Obama was not born in the United States. Only 28 pct. say is a true American. The remaining 20 pct. are skittishly unsure. Fearful of alienating the 71 per centers, House Speaker John Boehner says he accepts the validity of Obama's birthplace but insists that he is in no position to tell Americans what to think. Is that the best you've got, John?

There are other worrisome matters. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, a potential presidential candidate, alarms us with warnings about a new Red Menace that has the nation in its grips as our debt grows. That is a change of pace from the Brown Menace of Muslims that we've been hearing so much about.

There is precedent for this. We once called the possible Japanese collaboration with Mexicans the Yellow Peril that would distract the U.S. from leaping into WWI against the Germans. The Lone Star State would be the first to suffer from a Mexican-Japanese invasion. Is that threat reinventing itself?

You may remember, too, that President Reagan warned that Texas was within easy striking distance by Nicaragua when he went for the Iran/Contra gambit. That one translated into a Yellow (Banana) Peril. Fortunately Noriega had other ideas.

The Tea Partyers even found a new peril at their conference. A panel moderator shook the room when she accused the unsuspecting Tea Party of being infiltrated already by Jihadists and the Muslem Brotherhood. Indeed without round-the-clock vigilance the Tea Party is ripe for a takeover.

Now you can see why Disney World is the uncontested site for the the GOP presidential convention.

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