Is the Republican Party going to “stop being the stupid party?” Not likely; they have their strategy. Consider: half of all Americans are of below average intelligence, and for the last 30 years the Republicans have been playing that half of our citizenry by either scaring the bejabbers out of them or making them feel right proud of their ignorance. In addition, the GOP has given succor and validation to an unsavory rabble of delusional Bible thumpers, paranoid gun nuts, venomous racists, sexists, authoritarian wingnuts, deeply selfish libertarians and haters and bigots of every stripe. From these fine folks the Thugs have assembled a very significant and motivated minority. Indeed, in too many areas of our country they are a majority. The OTHER result has been that pretty much anyone of good will who is sane and reasonably intelligent finds the Republican Party of today to be toxic, repulsive and very nearly traitorous. It’s a shame. I’ll confess that once upon a time I was a proud “Goldwater Republican” myself. No more. I am very certain that Goldwater himself would no longer sanction what the Republican Party has become.