Washington Post opinion writer, Richard Cohen - certainly no fan of the GOP - has wandered off into some sort of imaginary world by comparing the Republican Party to a cult. The irony of a Liberal Democrat accusing anyone of being a member of cult seems to have escaped Cohen.
What evidence does he have to back up his notion? In a word, pledges.
Cohen believes that - number 1 - pledging to not raise taxes is a sure sign of insanity. Signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, issued by Americans for Tax Reform, makes one a candidate for a straightjacket in Cohen's world.
The other pledge that Cohen believes elevates the GOP to cult like status is the Susan B. Anthony List's "Pro-Life Leadership Pledge". Cohen is horrified at the thought that all abortions might be made illegal. Cohen simply cannot grasp the idea that all abortions take the life of an innocent human being. The fetus living and growing inside Cohen's hypothetical 12 year old girl made pregnant by incest is never the less a human being - an innocent victim.
Abortion is the sacrament of the religion of Liberalism so Cohen sees anyone who is pro-life as a dangerous lunatic.
Finally, Cohen contends that the Republican Party is "itself significantly responsible for the government deficit that matters most: leadership". This comment is coming from someone who voted for the quintessential example of a President who possesses zero leadership qualities - Barack Obama.