I am concerned that those who take comfort in the pathetic display of arrogance by the Republican Party over the past few weeks signals their final demise, should think again. I believe that American politics is driven by personality and perception more than by substance, and both can change in a second. It will take more than a severe and foolish ploy by a fanatical wing of the Republicans to doom the Grand Old Party. The radical right wing of the GOP is only getting started. They will survive like any bloodsucking vampire.
*“Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated”
The expression derives from the popular form of a longer statement by the American writer, Mark Twain, which appeared in the New York Journal of 2 June 1897: ‘The report of my death was an exaggeration’. The correction was occasioned by newspaper accounts of Twain’s being ill or dead. At the time, Twain’s cousin James Ross Clemens was seriously ill in London, and appears that some reports confused him with Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain).