The Charlie Brown’s of the Beltway (Republicans to you and me).

Republicans are an optimistic bunch.

No matter how hopeless political circumstances might appear, they fall back on a familiar debate style. It’s frequently used by Republicans as a bail out, an emergency chute, so to speak, from confronting the distasteful point at hand. It’s one of hopeless optimism.

I noted one such example on Facebook earlier.

The topic of discussion is not important for this post. I want to illuminate the Republican debate style during dry periods of political poverty. Republicans defer to an idyllic future scenario in which Republican leaders are elected, and actually act as Conservative Republicans.

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This is typical Republican behavior. Their rebuttals are frequently fraught with “whens & ifs” and they throw in an even-numbered year in the not-to-distant-future to drive the point home.

A standard American Republican will gleefully hark to an idealized version of a future political race in which all the “right people” triumph, and furthermore, act with principled political idealism. A world in which Republicans buck the trend to cooperate with the other side of the aisle out of political expediency.

American Republicans seem to consciously ignore the memo: mainstream national politicians in America are unprincipled whores. If Republicans insist on holding out hope for some great Republican upheaval that will make the world right again, they will be sorely disappointed.

What is it about the Republican temperament that paints their world with such rosy optimism? Is there an innate naivete in the Conservative worldview that causes them to base their arguments on the unfolding Utopian political fortunes?

I would be a registered Republican by now if it were not for the chain of ideological disappointments that the GOP seems to dish out continually to its base.

Republican core ideals don’t seem to hold much currency in the modern political climate, and rather than fighting, Republicans seem to have swayed with the wind, instead. I suppose you can’t blame them…no one makes money from steadfast commitment to unpopular principles.

Nothing says “I’m a Republican” like trying to kick that Republican football, over and over and over and over.