In June, former GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole, observed the radicalization of the party and advised it to hang out a "closed for repairs" sign.
Closer to home, July saw revelations that our new state attorney general, conservative Patrick Morrisey, had gutted the AG's consumer protection division. Additionally, we learned that Mr. Morrisey stays up nights to author intimidating inquiries, such as "Will you wear a name tag?" which he aims like tiny darts at individuals whose activities offend. Morrisey's targets have included providers of safe abortions and those who wish to help everyday citizens get health insurance, via Obamacare.
By September, a number of spiteful conservative governors had rejected the Obamacare expansion of Medicaid and, thus, had denied five million working poor an opportunity to be insured.
The October partial government shutdown threw 800,000 out of work and cost the economy $24 billion. Nevertheless, the leading congressional conservative presidential candidates, (Ryan, Rubio, Paul and Cruz) voted to continue the shutdown. Their grandstanding failed.
In November, Virginia voters rejected radically conservative candidates in all five state level votes. Losers included Ken Cuccinelli, the candidate for governor. Cuccinelli would have pushed for the medically unnecessary trans-vaginal probe legislation and would prefer to outlaw any form of sex other than the penile-vaginal variety. In his spare time he decided that Planned Parenthood has been worse for blacks than the KKK.
For once it is appropriate to say, "Amen, Brother Boehner."
Wyatt is a Gazette contributing columnist and a Marshall University professor.