Obviously, even Mr. Keillor didn't realize how much worse things would become once they were out of power and a black man was in the White House.
Today, with the Tea Party having come to it's corporate financed fruition and having totally and even officially taken over the Republican party... and without the direct reference to Bush who is no longer a player... it's an even more perfect description of the GOP today than it was then. Just think about the current Republican slate of presidential candidates while you read it... toss in a McConnell, a Boner, a Ryan or a Cantor or two dozen. See what I mean?
The party of Lincoln and Liberty has been transmogrified into the party of hairy-backed swamp developers and corporate shills, faith-based economists, fundamentalist bullies with Bibles, Christians of convenience, freelance racists, misanthropic frat boys, shrieking midgets of AM radio, tax cheats, nihilists in golf pants, brown-shirts in pinstripes, sweatshop tycoons, hacks, fakirs, aggressive dorks, Lamborghini libertarians, people who believe Neil Armstrong's moonwalk was filmed in Roswell, New Mexico, little honkers out to diminish the rest of us, Newt's evil spawn and their Etch-A-Sketch President, a dull and rigid man suspicious of the free flow of information and of secular institutions, whose philosophy is a jumble of badly sutured body parts trying to walk*._Garrison Keillor 2004Eff that "more they stay the same" tripe. In any case involving governance in America today, it would be more accurate to simply say that the more things change, the more they suck.
*And as far as I'm concerned, the description of Bush is still accurate... just no longer relevant.