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1 aagcobb  Sat, Aug 3, 2013 11:21:31am

Boehner and McConnell know that causing a drawn out shutdown or, even worse, a debt default, is political suicide for the GOP (though McConnell does have a Teatard primary challenger to worry about; I’m reading one of his ads on LGF as I write this). So I’m confident that after possibly a brief shutdown or at nearly the last possible moment before a default, deals will be struck, even if Boehner has to suspend the Hastert Rule again. But the markets will be roiled and damage done to the economic recovery as a consequence. Even some Republicans know domestic spending is about as low as it can get; that’s why they couldn’t pass a Transportation and Housing Bill based on the numbers required to meet the Ryan budget. This is no way to run a government, but since GOP Congressmen only worry about being primaried from the right and not about appearing totally insane, we are stuck waiting for the GOP’s aging reactionary base to die off before we can once again have a legislative branch that functions.

2 XtremeDave  Sat, Aug 3, 2013 2:00:58pm

re: #1 aagcobb

This is no way to run a government, but since GOP Congressmen only worry about being primaried from the right and not about appearing totally insane, we are stuck waiting for the GOP’s aging reactionary base to die off before we can once again have a legislative branch that functions.

The gerrymander of congressional/state legislative districts in GOP-controlled states is slowly killing the party. While it originally appeared as a safe way to ensure that GOP politicians never had to fear losing office, the constant fear of being primaried, is resulting in a party that is on its way to being made up exclusively of right wing radicals. The GOP is becoming a party that can win in its self-drawn Congressional districts, but not a growing number of Senate races or the Presidency. This is why we are seeing the various anti-democratic ideas like ending the 17th Amendment (solves the problem of how to gerrymander Senate seats), and apportioning Electoral College votes by Congressional district. Waiting for the old GOP base to die off might be too late for the nation, since they would rather destroy American democracy than lose power.

And I hate to say it, but I fear that the current strain of American right wing radicalism will not die off with the Boomers. Increasing inequality and a stagnant economic recovery will increase the polarization in politics. I’m increasingly failing to see any way that the legislative branch can function (by 20th century standards) in a post-Citizen’s United era under our Constitutionally designed legislature.

3 aagcobb  Sat, Aug 3, 2013 2:16:41pm

re: #2 XtremeDave

I think you are too pessimistic. Every day that passes more of the GOP base dies off, and another group of young people which includes a growing percentage of minority members turns 18. I believe there will be a voter backlash against the radical measures being passed by GOP controlled state legislatures which will restore some balance at the state level. We will muddle through, as we always have, except when everything went to hell in 1861. I don’t expect that to happen again, because the differences between the rest of us and the neo-confederates aren’t as stark, or the stakes as high, as they were then.

4 majii  Sat, Aug 3, 2013 8:08:56pm

The sad thing about the demise of the GOP is that they are ignoring it and hoping the rest of us won’t notice it. When an honest individual looks at what if happening in Congress, he/she can see where the problems are coming from. The House GOPers and, to an extent, the Senate GOPers have brought the federal government to a standstill by refusing to do their jobs. How so many republicans can feel good about giving them free passes to do nothing while we waste millions paying their salaries and providing their benefits makes no sense to me, especially when the same people continue to complain about making the government more fiscally responsible. These two things at at odds with each other, but I guess if you’re a true believer, you can make yourself believe anything, even things which are the opposite of each other.

5 122 Year Old Obama  Sun, Aug 4, 2013 12:14:35am

Minus: 1
Dark_Falcon

The truth hurts, no matter how much you want to deny it.

6 Mich-again  Sun, Aug 4, 2013 6:36:49am

Gerrymandered districts drift toward extremism because the primaries are purity tests that weed out moderates. And, when an extremist agenda fails, they always blame it on the fact it didn’t go far enough. So this is why we have the Whackadoodle GOP House.

7 EPR-radar  Mon, Aug 5, 2013 1:05:31pm

re: #5 122 Year Old Obama

Minus: 1
Dark_Falcon

The truth hurts, no matter how much you want to deny it.

That would be a lot less lame if it came with a reasoned argument against Krugman’s thesis that the madness of the GOP is the central issue of our time.


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