Grand Old Party. Hmm. That's the Republicans moniker.
So I got to thinking, are they really the Grand Old Party. I thought I'd break it down, starting with "grand." Merriam Webster, do your stuff:
GRAND: having more importance than others : foremost b : having higher rank than others bearing the same general designation <the grand champion>
2a : inclusive, comprehensive <the grand total of all money paid out>
b : definitive, incontrovertible <grand example>
3: chief, principal
4: large and striking in size, scope, extent, or conception<grand design>
5a : lavish, sumptuous <a grand celebration>
b : marked by a regal form and dignity
c : fine or imposing in appearance or impression
d : lofty, sublime <writing in the grand style>
6a : pretending to social superiority : supercilious
b : intended to impress <a person of grand gestures>
7 : very good :wonderful <a grand time>
Well, certainly there is room for interpretation here. Foremost? Inclusive? Wonderful? Comprehensive? Incontrovertible? Yikes, I think we could have a bit of a donnybrook defending those as accurate. I think we have a misrepresentation (lie) here.
Let's move on to Old. We don't need to look that up. Old certainly describes that party's members. White, cranky, with more than a bit of antidisestablishmentarianism and dyspepsia added. So perhaps old is okay for them to use. As opposed to new or modern.
Ah, but wait. If the Republican party was founded in 1854 and the Democratic party was founded in 1792, which is truly the old party? In my basic math, that would make the Democrats 62 years older than their counterparts. Hmm. I'm seeing a pattern here. Another lie in the GOP.
Finally there's the word party. We'll just call that a tie as both organizations have it in their name.
So, what the GOP has left us with is two lies and a tie. Maybe when they implode, as they're heading to do now, they'll come back as two parties. There will be the Tea Party, henceforth known as the TP -- just like toilet paper and we all know what we clean up with that. The other branch will be known as the NOPE. That will stand for the New Old Party Enterprise.
They've already begun experimenting with their new name. Just bring up a vote on the floor of either house of congress and watch all of the Republicans shouting their vote, "Nope!"
It's just a matter of time.
No hope. No cope. It's NOPE-- where "Membership has no privileges.