If I had a nickel for every time I heard a news story over the past 12 months that seemed like something out of a dystopian political mockumentary, I would have joined the ranks of the 1 percent by now.
While shocking, we become numb to these stories after a while. Like glitter-bombings on the GOP campaign trail, we just brush them off and go on about our business.
But, for just a minute, try to take yourself back in time -- even just a few years -- and try to forget everything you know now. Imagine the shock you'd experience upon reading the following headlines:
Conservative Voters Boo Ron Paul's 'Golden Rule' (Yahoo! News, Jan 19, 2012)
Bill Would Ban Aborted Fetuses in Food (ABC News, Jan 26, 2012)
Okla. Senate Gives 'Personhood' to Embryos (ABC News, Feb 16, 2012)
An American soldier booed at GOP debate (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Sept 23, 2011)
Tea Party Debate Audience Cheered Idea of Letting Uninsured Patients Die (ABC News, Sep 13, 2011)
Santorum backer suggests aspirin as birth control (USA Today, Feb 16, 2012)
GOP Debate Audience Boos Contraception (Dallas Morning News, Feb 22, 2012)
Mitt Romney Declares “Corporations Are People” (Time, Aug 11, 2011)
Santorum in '08: "Satan is attacking" America (CBS News, Feb 21, 2012)
Megadeth rocker endorses Rick Santorum for president (Patriot News, Feb 16, 2012)
Dick Cheney lobbied for Maryland gay marriage measure (NY Daily News, Feb. 18, 2012)
John Edwards sex tape to be destroyed (News & Observer, Feb 24)
We are truly living in strange times.