However you slice and dice the history, the strategery, and the underlying issues, the decision to live with a government shutdown for an extended period of time — inflicting modest-but-real harm on the economy, needlessly disrupting the lives and paychecks of many thousands of hardworking people, and further tarnishing the Republican Party’s already not-exactly-shiny image — in pursuit of obviously, obviously unattainable goals was not a normal political blunder by a normally-functioning political party. It was an irresponsible, dysfunctional and deeply pointless act, carried out by a party that on the evidence of the last few weeks shouldn’t be trusted with the management of a banana stand, let alone the House of Representatives.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Nutcase Tea Party Republicans Should Form Their Own Political Party
Listening to far right talk radio blowhards Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity after the Republican capitulation on the shutdown, you have to wonder why they seemingly harbor a death wish for the Republican Party. In an interview, Sarah Palin told Hannity that like minded tea party fanatics may need to form a third party. Sounds like a good idea to me. It would be a positive development for anyone who thinks that our political system is best served by having two rational political parties. The nut cases should have their own fringe party. That would guarantee that they would be marginalized and therefore be unable to do further harm to the country. Conservative NY Times columnist Ross Douthat is angry at the Cruz tea party coalition: