Republicans as a lot are loud, boisterous, ignorant, fearful and hateful. Because they cry out their thoughts the loudest, they often win their arguments - those opposed to them just walk away. Witness, as an example, the recent fiasco over Obama's attempt to nominate Susan Rice as Secretary of State - John McCain and Lindsay Graham whined and cried like a couple of sissies - but they got their way. What the hell has happened to this great nation? Are we nearing another great schism, something akin to the civil war?