Monday, September 28, 2015

Paul Krugman Is Now Full Driftglass 24/7: Cont'd.

From today's New York Times:
The Blackmail Caucus, a.k.a. the Republican Party
SEPT. 28, 2015

John Boehner was a terrible, very bad, no good speaker of the House. Under his leadership, Republicans pursued an unprecedented strategy of scorched-earth obstructionism, which did immense damage to the economy and undermined America’s credibility around the world.

Still, things could have been worse. And under his successor they almost surely will be worse. Bad as Mr. Boehner was, he was just a symptom of the underlying malady, the madness that has consumed his party.

All in all, Republicans during the Boehner era fully justified the characterization offered by the political analysts Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein, in their book “It’s Even Worse Than You Think.” Yes, the G.O.P. has become an “insurgent outlier” that is “ideologically extreme” and “unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science.” And Mr. Boehner did nothing to fight these tendencies. On the contrary, he catered to and fed the extremism.

So why is he out? Basically because the obstructionism failed.

In other words, despite all Mr. Boehner’s efforts to bring him down, Mr. Obama is looking more and more like a highly successful president. For the base, which has never considered Mr. Obama legitimate — polling suggests that many Republicans believe that he wasn’t even born here — this is a nightmare. And all too many ambitious Republican politicians are willing to tell the base that it’s Mr. Boehner’s fault, that he just didn’t try blackmail hard enough.
There is no doubt that Dr. Krugman is 100% correct.

There is also no doubt that you will be able to count on the fingers of one hand the number of non-Dirty Hippie news sources who will repeat any of this in anything other than a conspiratorial whisper shared off-camera when no one is looking.  


dinthebeast said...

Poor little Johnny, I wonder if he's reconsidering the part he played in the construction of the monster that just came back and bit him on his ass...

-Doug in Oakland

trgahan said...

I can only imagine the legion of Republican “let’s pretend we’re fighting abortion and brown people while enriching ourselves with insider information” conmen and shysters lining up for a chance to make Tom Delay’s chairmanship look ethical.

bowtiejack said...

Here we thought Frankenstein was just fiction, but it turns out that in real life the monster will turn on its creators and enablers. Go figure. Next thing it'll turn out global warming isn't a hoax after all and Ben Carson knows less about the second law of thermodynamics than your average rabbit. We live in such an interesting world.

Very nice stuff with the clip, it's like an audiovisual pun. Kudos!
And that doctor was Richard Deacon like I thought, but in an uncredited role.

Ivory Bill Woodpecker said...

Oh, we need not feel too sorry for Boehner. I reckon he'll land on his feet with a cushy lobbying "job".


I look at my fellow non-elite white folks, notice what vacuum-skulled knuckle-walkers so many of them are, and I become baffled at how our people managed to be smart enough to subjugate most of the planetary landmass, before demonstrating our stupidity by throwing away that supremacy in two great stupid fratricides. (Damn Johann-come-lately Krauts ruined everything...)

But then, that's the question with human beings in general, isn't it--how can we BOTH so smart AND so stupid AT THE SAME TIME?!?!

sanford said...

Too bad more people don't listen to him

n1ck said...


The Republican "establishment" and the people they represent are still subjugating most of the world, economically. It's much more profitable and low-key than doing it physically.

All we're witnessing is them losing the ability to control the puppets of the Republican party like they used to.

Social media (ability to coordinate outside of "official channels) + Citizens United (the party is dead, it's just individual grifters united under the (R) banner) = Morons Gone Wild.