Once upon a time Republican voters normally voted for the Republican candidate for president. That may not happen this time and it's something for Mitt Romney to worry about.
The reason this time is different is that the Republicans are, in a sense at least, split.
If you're my age you grew up with traditional Republicans. They had good jobs, owned companies, dressed pretty well, joined country clubs, sent their kids to good schools and all that. There are still plenty of those around, of course, but the new fanatic Republicans have joined the Party too.
Has-been rocker, Ted Nugent, is quoted in a recent Eugene Robinson Washington Post column as saying, "If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year." He goes on, "We are Braveheart. We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November." One more example: Nugent's called Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader and a perfectly nice woman – I've met her – "a sub-human scoundrel." He labeled liberals as "cockroaches to stomp" in November.
And then there's Representative Allen West (R, FL) who, when asked last week how many Marxists there are in Congress, answered, "I believe there's about 78 to 81 members of the Democratic Party who are members of the Communist Party."
No one has suggested so far locking these nut cases up. Maybe that's because we all believe in freedom of speech.
Robinson in his column asks, "Mitt Romney, do you agree with your prominent endorser Ted Nugent that the Obama administration is evil and hates America?"
Hell of a question, I think.
Robinson also asks House Speaker John Boehner, "Do you agree with your star freshman West that '78 to 81' of your colleagues are card-carrying Communists?"
Way to go, Mr. Robinson!
Speak up candidate Romney and Congressman Boehner. I can hardly wait.