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claymisher
04-27-2009, 12:03 AM
I wish. But it's getting tougher for a wingnut:

We wonder how someone as hapless as John Boehner could be minority leader, why one Congressman after another abjectly apologizes to Rush Limbaugh, and so on; the answer is that theyíre hollow men, careerists who thought they had a safe ride. If someone like Newt Gingrich seems like a giant in his party these days, thatís because, say what you like about him (and I donít like much about him!), he got into the business when doing so involved taking some actual risks.

And that, I think, is why the Republicans have fallen apart so completely since losing the election. Careerism is what held the party together; an environment in which the party no longer has the patronage to reward all its loyalists, and may not even be able to protect apparatchiks who broke the law, destroys the whole system.

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/26/apparatchiks/

bjkeefe
04-27-2009, 12:43 AM
I wish. But it's getting tougher for a wingnut:

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/26/apparatchiks/

The gravy train will be on the siding for a little while, at least.

Thanks for the link.

To others: The whole thing is worth reading, as is the Adam Serwer (http://www.prospect.org/csnc/blogs/tapped_archive?month=04&year=2009&base_name=jay_bybees_anonymous_apology_t) post that inspired PK.

pampl
04-27-2009, 03:16 AM
That gets it backwards IMO. The GOP hasn't fallen apart per se- it's rallied around the extremists. The people at risk are the moderates like Specter who face unpleasant primary challenges for not taking hard right postures. Careerists aren't leaving because there's no more reward like Krugman says; rather they're getting kicked out for consorting with socialists.

bjkeefe
04-27-2009, 03:53 AM
That gets it backwards IMO. The GOP hasn't fallen apart per se- it's rallied around the extremists. The people at risk are the moderates like Specter who face unpleasant primary challenges for not taking hard right postures. Careerists aren't leaving because there's no more reward like Krugman says; rather they're getting kicked out for consorting with socialists.

There's something to that, especially the purging-of-the-impure aspect, but I also think it's the case that the GOP politicians are seeking approval of the true wingnuts because they have no place else to go.

It's not one or the other, is what I mean to say -- there are several factors at work. But I do think Krugman is right, if perhaps that quote doesn't capture the whole picture. Changing societal norms and the harsh realities of the shift in power have dried up a lot of opportunities for the careerists for the time being. I also think that some of the money sources for all that wingnut welfare are truly alarmed about the further lurching by many GOP politicians to the far-right, know-nothing mentality -- who that's really rich and powerful and would like to remain so wants to invest in or support that? (Besides a few ideologues, to be sure.)

There is one example from early on that really illustrates this, I think. The idea that Alberto Gonzales couldn't get a "job" within two weeks of leaving the Bush Administration, let alone however many months or years it was, speaks volumes.

bjkeefe
04-27-2009, 05:55 AM
I wish. But it's getting tougher for a wingnut ...

More evidence (http://bjkeefe.blogspot.com/2009/04/priceless.html) that the gravy train is grinding to a halt.

uncle ebeneezer
04-28-2009, 01:13 AM
Uh oh, it looks like the GOP has an ace up their sleeve:

http://www.theonion.com/content/from_print/last_few_republican_senators?utm_source=featureban d