"Republicans don’t care if you live or die unless you’re a fetus. That’s it. There may be a gray area here and there especially among people we admire and respect, like Cal. But for the most part, their political morals are beneath contempt. It’s like Senator Rand Paul blaring his libertarian trumpet on behalf of greedheads and scumbags, but not for the needy. He’s “pro-life” because the anti-abortion, anti-sex social conservatives are such a potent force in the GOP. It’s hardly an coincidence that his own not-so-murky relationship to unreconstructed racists, much like his father’s, reveals such loathsome sentiments about the poor. They don’t hate abortion unless the fetus is white. But we’re not really permitted to say this out loud. When we do, we’re told to sit down and recall that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican and Robert Byrd was a Democrat. The media play along with this conceit that parties never change, partly because the screamers on the right will make their lives hell otherwise. So, the conventional wisdom has evolved in this state that Republicans are fiscally responsible even though Arizona is now one of the worst states in the union for median income, poverty, and various social pathologies like teen pregnancy, suicide, and child abuse."