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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-13-09 12:27 AM
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Paul Krugman: Tea Parties Forever
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http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/13/opinion/13krugman.htm...

This is a column about Republicans and Im not sure I should even be writing it.

Todays G.O.P. is, after all, very much a minority party. It retains some limited ability to obstruct the Democrats, but has no ability to make or even significantly shape policy.

Beyond that, Republicans have become embarrassing to watch. And it doesnt feel right to make fun of crazy people. Better, perhaps, to focus on the real policy debates, which are all among Democrats.

But heres the thing: the G.O.P. looked as crazy 10 or 15 years ago as it does now. That didnt stop Republicans from taking control of both Congress and the White House. And they could return to power if the Democrats stumble. So it behooves us to look closely at the state of what is, after all, one of our nations two great political parties.

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So whats the implication of the fact that Republicans are refusing to grow up, the fact that they are still behaving the same way they did when history seemed to be on their side? Id say that its good for Democrats, at least in the short run but its bad for the country.

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