Two quotes to consider.
The first, on the Republican Party eating itself, is from the NY Daily News’ Mike Lupica writing about Rep. Bob Inglis, a conservative Republican defeated because he wasn’t conservative enough.
“Why do I have to see Democrats as my enemies? I’ve got Al Qaeda. I’ve got the Taliban. I’ve got enough enemies. I’m supposed to call this President despicable? The people who are despicable are the ones who constantly mislead the public in the interest of selling books. Or themselves. And always cloaking themselves in patriotism. Shame on them.”
Remember: this guy disagrees with President Obama about almost everything and has a 93 percent rating from the leading conservative group.
The above quote – and Lupica’s column in general – demonstrates the radical right is entering its version of the Maoist phase the American left hit in about 1970, in which dissent is not tolerated and dissenters are (metaphorically) shot.
Read the entire column here.
Paul Krugman, whose writing is powered these days by a sense of loss (I think his recent pieces should collectively be called “The Lamentations”), has an essay called “America Goes Dark.”
How did we get to this point? It’s the logical consequence of three decades of antigovernment rhetoric, rhetoric that has convinced many voters that a dollar collected in taxes is always a dollar wasted, that the public sector can’t do anything right.
Read the entire piece here.