[T]he G.O.P.’s long transformation into the party of the unreasonable right, a haven for racists and reactionaries, seems likely to accelerate as a result of the impending defeat.
This will pose a dilemma for moderate conservatives. Many of them spent the Bush years in denial, closing their eyes to the administration’s dishonesty and contempt for the rule of law. Some of them have tried to maintain that denial through this year’s election season, even as the McCain-Palin campaign’s tactics have grown ever uglier. But one of these days they’re going to have to realize that the G.O.P. has become the party of intolerance.
Today’s election is poised to end the Republican era in American politics – an era that began in reaction to Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society, the Vietnam war and the civil rights revolution, was pioneered by Richard Nixon, consolidated by Ronald Reagan, and wrecked by George W Bush.
Almost every aspect of the Republican ascendancy has been discredited and lies in tatters – its policies, politics, and even its version of patriotism – down to the rock-bottom notion that progressive taxation itself, initiated by a Republican president, Theodore Roosevelt, who John McCain hails as his personal icon, is unpatriotic.
Now, certain factors that have dominated US politics for 40 years seem destined to recede to the far corners. In economics, supply-side panaceas and deregulation created the worst crisis since the Great Depression, requiring a conservative Republican administration to part-nationalise banks, something unimaginable under any Democratic administration. In foreign policy, neoconservatism led to the morass in Iraq and Afghanistan while undermining the western alliance. In social policy, the evangelical right battered science, the separation of church and state, and the right to privacy. Finally, the conservative principle of limited government has become a watchword for incompetence, cronyism, corruption, hypocrisy, and contempt for the rule of law.
Here’s to the American people, the electorate, for finally coming to their senses and voting for something different, for someone different and for a chance to fix the multitude of man-made disasters that confront us.
By their votes, the Republican revolution and all it’s wrought — an economic meltdown, two endless wars, class warfare that’s enriched the very rich and beggared everyone else and a treasury bulging only with IOU’s — will be crushed.
That revolution began to take root with the criminality of Richard Nixon’s administration, with its paranoid enemies list. It gathered steam in the time of Ronald Reagan and with Newt Gingrich’s seizure of Congress.
High tide arrived with the unlikeliest occupant of the Oval Office in our history, the beady-eyed, smirking, tongue-tied, counterfeit cowboy George W. Bush, and a Congress that after 9-11 was run by runaway Republicans who were too busy enriching themselves and their friends to care what their president was doing to the country, the Constitution and even their own party.
Little wonder, then, that Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin will go down to defeat after a campaign of sheer desperation that’s been nasty, brutish and long.
[I]t was suggested that McCain, who has managed to turn the word “maverick” into a punch line, still rolls with the “politics of personal instinct.” No, he doesn’t. Not in this campaign he doesn’t. McCain has operated by the worst instincts of the worst elements of the Republican Party. He has thrown in with cynics and fools, and that is as much a reason as any why he is trying to come from behind in the late innings against Obama.
John McCain, who once stood up against people like these and tactics like this, threw down with them in his last shot at the presidency. He threw down with Steve Schmidt, who doesn’t like to be called a Karl Rove protege but is, and a flack like Rick Davis and the likes of Tucker Eskew, who led the charge against McCain in the 2000 South Carolina primary. And, at least in spirit, McCain threw down with Rove himself, the hero of political bottom feeders everywhere.
You don’t appeal to the best in the country when you get with people like that. You appeal to the worst. McCain didn’t pick Sarah Palin because he thought she was some sort of inspired choice as a running mate; he picked her as a way of pandering to the same evangelicals who came after him with everything in South Carolina 2000, the ones who believe the party is actually a religious movement. There is a reason why McCain seems more comfortable with Joe the Plumber.
Those are my favorite bits, but you should read them all in their entirety if you can.
You might think, perhaps hope, that Republicans will engage in some soul-searching, that they’ll ask themselves whether and how they lost touch with the national mainstream. But my prediction is that this won’t happen any time soon.
Instead, the Republican rump, the party that’s left after the election, will be the party that attends Sarah Palin’s rallies, where crowds chant “Vote McCain, not Hussein!” It will be the party of Saxby Chambliss, the senator from Georgia, who, observing large-scale early voting by African-Americans, warns his supporters that “the other folks are voting.” It will be the party that harbors menacing fantasies about Barack Obama’s Marxist — or was that Islamic? — roots.
On Monday afternoon, the RNC blasted out a complaint from the California Republican Party charging that “Obama for America violated federal law by converting its campaign funds to Senator Obama’s personal use” for the trip. That proposed issue for the FEC to investigate is one of five violations alleged by California Republicans in their complaint (which you can read in its entirety here).
“Senator Obama recently traveled to Hawaii to visit his sick grandmother. This was the right thing for any grandson to do — at his own expense — but it was not travel that his campaign may fund,” said California Republican Chairman Ron Nehring in a statement Monday.
TruthMonger: she was probably fine just a few days ago
and then “suddenly” and “mysteriously” took a turn for the worst – and it just happens to be great sympathetic press in the home stretch!
Lame Cherry:…Cynics in the PUMA branch will wonder if they dripped up Gram on morphine today to make her a public sympathy vote.
Dirjj: I’m of 2 minds here. On one side, I feel sad for her passing, on the other side, I wonder how much of this was orchestrated.
Face it. According to media reports 2 weeks ago, she was hospitalized with a broken hip, or something of that nature. One minute, she was terminal, and the next, it was nothing….
I would never put it past Obama, or the Democrats to “orchestrate” the passing of anyone for political gain. I’m already wondering what the Nevada Campaign Manager did wrong.
counterpunch: Cancer patients usually pass away from a planned terminal sedation.
This may be the first politically timed terminal sedation ever, though.
longtermmemmory: prayers for the humanity but
suspicion for the “right on cue.”
trust but verify as the great one said.
Frantzie: A PUMA in my office said she died last week and that this is a set up.
nikos1121: Did he have power of attorney over her? Did he decide to stop any kind of life support?
So will the Republican Party go down the crazy base land rabbit hole, or will they realize just how badly they’ve overplayed the hate card? If Krugman’s right, the saner Republicans are the ones who are losing their jobs – and that won’t exactly make it easy for them to steer the party in the right direction.
3 commentsNovember 3rd, 2008 at 09:59pmPosted by Eli
She continued: “And there must be something about San Francisco and he because it’s like I heard on Fox News today, it’s like a truth serum where when he’s there, he seems to be more candid, and remember it was there that he talked about, there you go, the bitter clingers, the cling-ons, all of us, I guess, you know holding on to religion and guns and, um, so something about he being there in San Francisco.”
It sure would explain their foreign policy, although not their complete lack of courage or honor.