Former US Senator Howard Baker (R-TN) is probably best-remembered for his participation in the Watergate Hearings more than 35 years ago. His "What did the President know, and when did he know it?' is a phrase that will continues to live in infamy. During the same period in time, he was also quoted wishing that any of the Watergate participants had been elected to any political office at least once in their lives. The implication being, of course, that none would have acted so irresponsibly had they some measure of accountability to the general electorate. Frodo has been thinking about that quite a bit of late.
If Frodo were to ask, dear reader, you to identify the Republicant miscreant with the greatest responsibility for tax policy in all of Middle Earth, would you not likely respond with the name Grover Norquist?
Similarly, would you not identify Wayne LaPierre as he who comes first to mind when one considers the folly of gun legislation?
Rush Limbaugh has received on-air apologies from sitting members of Congress whenever he takes umbrage with something at variance from conservative dogma.
Ann Coulter has documented the electoral process in the Republicant Party beginning with a bypass of potential victory in order to nominate Mitt Romney, and to therefore lose.
Frodo's point is clear, at least to him, that nearly every strategic or operational political responsibility position therein is "manned" by an individual who has never run for any position in the public forum. To begin identifying political figurines beyond that group results in one more "wish list" candidate for 2016. Strange it is that names like Moynihan, Kennedy, Ervin, Rayburn, Mansfield, Eisenhower, Goldwater, Simpson, Jackson, and yes, even Baker are no longer the points fixe for policy and implementation.
With what we've got, it is clear that the loyal opposition should require what's left to receive remedial training.