We all remember Judy Garland skipping down the Yellow Brick Road where she met the Cowardly Lion, searching for courage, the Tin Man looking for a heart, and the Scarecrow, who wanted a brain.
These poor needy creatures bear a remarkable resemblance to the last 20 years' worth of GOP candidates for public office.
If one didn't have a firm grip on reality, one could feel that the U.S.A. was taking on some intoxicatingly familiar aspects of the make-believe kingdom of Oz during this last election cycle.
There are long lists of understudies for those three starring parts, but the part of the Wizard may have attracted the most aspirants and, possibly, the raunchiest.
To whom do we assign that part? Rove? Limbaugh? Hannity? Beck? Cheney? Trump?
And who gets the job of prompter? Ailes? Coulter? Drudge? Murdoch, himself?
Press agent? Newtie swung into action in fine fettle, a little late but in predictably full throat. Sununu would be a good bet, too. He seems born to sleazy promotion.
The money guys are easy. Adelson and the Kochs led the big parade. Hard to call them "angels" considering the source of their wealth, but cash, no matter the source, does grease all the squeaky wheels.
Probably the easiest parts to cast were those of the Munchkins. The Tea Party gave it their all and were able to supply hundreds of the little - the VERY little - people.
And the whole production was in service of ?
A candidate who not only did not appear to have a heart, a brain or very much courage, but instead seemed to be comprised mostly of a very big sense of entitlement that was and is held together by nothing more than cat gut and dandruff.
Let's hope the not-so-grand old party spends the next few years looking for a new vehicle in which to launch a come-back.