A friend of mine who's a professor and chair of a college's political science department posted from his Android phone to Facebook on Friday, July 29th, perhaps in a moment of exasperation: "The Democrats are weak and the Republicans are nuts." Possibly, truer words have never been communicated by a droid since C-3PO said, "Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to 1."
The last time the Republicans were weak and the Democrats were nuts as completely as is the reverse-case now was, perhaps, 1876, when the Democrats got an end to Reconstruction so they could be more effectively racist in the South, and the Republicans agreed to it in a backroom deal so they could get their presidential candidate, Rutherford B. Hayes, who pledged to serve only one term (and did so)--and who couldn't even win the popular vote--to hold the White House briefly with his dearest wife, Lemonade Lucy. ("Water flowed like wine" in her White House.) Hayes promised "wise, honest, and peaceful local self-government" in the South and returned the nation to the gold standard.
President Hayes once noted: "The unrestricted competition so commonly advocated does not leave us the survival of the fittest. The unscrupulous succeed best in accumulating wealth." Which is of course what all good Republicans think. Oh, wait....
(Image: "Rutherford B-3PO." Click to enlarge.)