"Denial has poisoned the GOP and threatens the rest of the country, too."
"Though Romney has no political heirs in his own party or elsewhere, he does leave behind a cultural legacy of sorts. He raised Truthiness to a level of chutzpah beyond Stephen Colbert's fertile imagination, and on the grandest scale. That a presidential hopeful so cavalierly mendacious could get so close to the White House, winning some 48 percent of the popular vote is no small accomplishment. The American weakness that Romney both apotheosized and exploited in achieving this feat - our post-fact syndrome where anyone on the public stage can make up anything and usually get away with it - won't disappear with him. A slicker liar could have won, and still might."
Because it's just an excellent response to Rich's article.
"Without serious soul-searching from within - don't hold your breath waiting for it - the Republicans' attitudes and techniques will not go away. I fully expect them to return every year (perhaps cloaked a little differently) until something is done to "re-Americanize" the election process with inclusiveness and truthfulness. To those who care about having an honest democracy: starting now and lasting forever, even as we take joy in our successes, let us never, ever drop our vigilance. The "bad guys" aren't relenting; we must not either. Ever.'