Monday, October 5, 2009

Krugman's Right, Republicans will "not accept anyone else’s right to govern ... they, and only they, should govern.

Don't you love it when someone comes along and reaffirms what you've been saying all along. NY Times:

Paul Krugman:

"...when the International Olympic Committee rejected Chicago’s bid to be host of the 2016 Summer Games ... “Cheers erupted” at the headquarters of the conservative Weekly Standard, according to a blog post by a member of the magazine’s staff, with the headline “Obama loses! Obama loses!” Rush Limbaugh declared himself “gleeful.” “World Rejects Obama,” gloated the Drudge Report. And so on.

So what did we learn from this moment? ...we learned that the modern conservative movement, which dominates the modern Republican Party, has the emotional maturity of a bratty 13-year-old.

If Republicans think something might be good for the president, they’re against it — whether or not it’s good for America ... it has become the passionate defender of ineffective medical procedures and overpayments to insurance companies.

How did one of our great political parties become so ruthless, so willing to embrace scorched-earth tactics even if so doing undermines the ability of any future administration to govern? The key point is that ever since the Reagan years, the Republican Party has been dominated by radicals — ideologues and/or apparatchiks who, at a fundamental level, do not accept anyone else’s right to govern ... conservatives retain their belief that they, and only they, should govern."

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