Excellent post, wardaddy (and not a bad rant, either).
politics is convoluted and serpentine and circuitous in hindsight
this blather of GOP always good and Dems always bad...may be true 80% of the time especially since 1980 but that 20% exception kills us
would today's average conservative rather have John Stennis or Strom Thurmond or Sonny Montgomery fighting communism (hence Islam) or Lowell Wiecker or Nelson Rockefeller...or even Olympia Snowe?
this socially conservative GOP is a new animal...the Dixiecrats were more culturally conservative than most GOP at that time