Hearts Of Darkness

3 comments November 3rd, 2008at 09:59pm Posted by Eli

Paul Krugman, predicting that the GOP will get smaller and uglier:

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.

The RNC, winning hearts and minds:

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.

Brilliant timing, guys. Classy.

But that’s nothing compared to the crazy hate-filled Republican base.  The people who compare Obama to a monkey, shout “Terrorist!”, “Kill him!” and “Off with his head!” at McCain/Palin rallies, who kill innocent animals to express their hatred of Democrats, and who are now actually suggesting that Obama might have murdered his own grandmother to win sympathy votes.

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.

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  • 1. Cujo359  |  November 3rd, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    My prediction is that the Republican Party will, indeed, become the crazy persons’ party, at least in the short term. The other conservatives, the ones who believe in that small government and small arms stuff, will probably try to take over the Democratic Party. To some extent, we’re seeing that already (case in point – VA Sen. Jim Webb). This is something that I don’t want, for what I suspect are obvious reasons.

    That will probably be one of our struggles in the next few years – making sure that the Democratic Party doesn’t become the old Republican Party.

  • 2. Eli  |  November 3rd, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    Yeah, that worries me too. Partly because where else are they gonna go, and partly because the Democrats seem willing to welcome anyone with open arms if they just agree to put a D after their name. No other requirement.

  • 3. Cujo359  |  November 4th, 2008 at 4:00 am

    Which is one of the many reasons I don’t just look at the label …

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