Saturday October 19th 2019Tim
was an expression used in the early days of aviation to
describe a plane crash. It was this sense of crack-up,
of structural failure, that came to be used to describe
mental break down. There you are flying your airplane
and suddenly things aren't right. Kind of enjoy the
relationship between a plane crash and a mind going
nuts. In its origins the word crack is associated with a
sharp sound, as in you can hear ice cracking. There's a
use of the word crack that refers to a warm friendly
chat, and there's a wise crack, "They crack me up!"
There's a nut cracker, and it goes on. And the question:
is there a crack in the Republican Party or is it
something else? It's a question that appears regularly
within the community of pundits.
than mess with this hole finger in the dyke nonsense, my
own view would suggest that the expression Crack-Pot
sums what remains of the Republican Party nicely, and
has done so for at east ten years. For those in doubt, a
crack-pot is an expression that's used to describe an
unstable person, as in "Don't have anything to do with
him, he's a crack-pot!" It's also true that people will
sometimes say "He's a lot of fun, he's a crack-pot!"
It's an entertaining quality, a populist, but not for
everyday. The point being that a crack-pot can suddenly
go full blown crack-up, or it could struggle
eccentrically on for year after year. The other thing
about a cracked-pot, it has even less overall tensile
strength than an un-cracked-pot. This means a tiny
little tap on just the right spot, there's a terrible
noise and everything stops because you got a kitchen
floor to tidy up. Then the issue is whether or not the
shards are worth gluing together again.