Just how bad is the infighting in the GOP? It’s gotten so bad that they’re even going after the dead guys in their own party.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that last week’s budget bill temporarily blocks construction of a monument to former President Dwight D. Eisenhower on the Washington Mall. Apparently, conservative Republicans oppose the cost and design of the monument. So they added provisions to the budget bill to temporarily take away legal waivers needed to construct the memorial.
Representative Rob Bishop (R., Utah) had this to say: “We need to reset and look at a possible redesign.”
In fairness, you can see why Rob said this. The design is unusual. It’s a huge brass statue of Ike scowling, his teeth gnashing together. He’s got a fist in the air with his middle finger raised. And a callout bubble from his mouth reads “Hey Military Industrial Complex, Suck On This!”
That’s more Johnny Cash than Ike, the sane, moderate Republican. But I still think it’s the idea of honoring a moderate guy that the conservative wing dislikes. Either way, watching the GOP is a lot like watching your parents fight over the garden gnomes in Divorce Court — it’s absurd, but also funny in its pettiness.