Thu Dec 13, 2012, 06:19 PM
Bill USA (4,121 posts)
Paul Krugman: Jim Demint - taking the 'think' out of Think-tank.
During a Sunday panel discussion on ABC, Republican strategist Mary Matalin sarcastically noted that her "hero," British economist John Maynard Keynes, had said that "ideas drive history, ideas drive progress and Heritage has long been the fount of so many great ideas."
"As a conservative, as a constitutionalist, that was a brilliant move -- a good move for us, a brilliant move for him," she insisted.
"The actual Keynes quote was he said, it's ideas 'which are dangerous for good or evil,'" Krugman pointed out. "I guess I've got a view in this case."
"I'm more interested in what does this do to Heritage?" the liberal economist continued. "I mean, this is somebody who has no sense that he's a researcher or an academic, anything like that. This is sort of taking the think out of the think tank, right? This is turning into a purely political institution."
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Response to Bill USA (Original post)
Thu Dec 13, 2012, 06:44 PM
GatorOrange (63 posts)
2. The powers that be on the GOP side wanted him gone...
DeMint was very much in charge of the circular Republican firing squad with his primary threats and TeaBagger approved "purity" stances that did the GOP so much electoral damage. He's been placed on the sideline with a nice check to show for it.
The old school GOP establishment types know the TeaBaggers are sinking the ship and they need for them to disappear back into the dark Koch closet where the GOP likes to keep its nastier side they dont want the general electorate to see. The good news is the TeaBag types wont go quietly and should continue tearing the party apart for the forseeable future.
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Sun Dec 16, 2012, 10:59 AM
Joe the Progressive (13 posts)
4. GOP: Imploding or Exploding?
I agree with you Gator, the GOP's ship is sinking. The Party is tearing it self apart from within. And, unless some of the old school rational conservatives (if there are any left) regain control, the Party may disappear as we know it. Those rational conservatives have a dilemma though. The TeaBaggers are dragging down the Party. But if they cut them loose and they become their own party, the Republican's strength is cut in half. It is a lose/lose for them.
In the mean time, the Republicans in congress don't know how to reconcile this, and just seem to be intent on doing as much damage to the country as possible before the midterms.