Paul Krugman layeths the smacketh down

Paul Krugman, the Pulitzer Prize winner, economist, notorious truth-teller, and sensible human being, delivered a wollup to the lazy stinkers on the Right who have lauded America’s failure to bag her ninth Olympics, in the Times yesterday. Mr. Krugman, who unlike me, has a firm grasp on actual economics and the proper use of commas and such, delivered a stunning tirade shaming the Republican Party’s “puerile” pettiness over the whole Olympics ordeal, here’s just one example of this stunner:

So what did we learn from this moment? For one thing, we learned that the modern conservative movement, which dominates the modern Republican Party, has the emotional maturity of a bratty 13-year-old.

And what must hurt most, it’s true! Those bums on the Right have made politics into some sort of angsty sociopathic teenage MySpace drama replete with bilking rumors and playing the crying game when faced with their petty reality:

Anyone surprised by the venomous, over-the-top opposition to Mr. Obama must have forgotten the Clinton years. Remember when Rush Limbaugh suggested that Hillary Clinton was a party to murder? When Newt Gingrich shut down the federal government in an attempt to bully Bill Clinton into accepting those Medicare cuts? And let’s not even talk about the impeachment saga.

Right on, brother! The shameful obstruction of any national agenda on the part of the Republican minority draws so many parallels to an over eye-linered Saves the Day fan’s jilted lover pose, making a Faustian deal with a useless Mephisto to spite their wayward former lover. But Kurgman has more important things to say than simple name calling:

The only difference now is that the G.O.P. is in a weaker position, having lost control not just of Congress but, to a large extent, of the terms of debate. The public no longer buys conservative ideology the way it used to; the old attacks on Big Government and paeans to the magic of the marketplace have lost their resonance. Yet conservatives retain their belief that they, and only they, should govern.

The result has been a cynical, ends-justify-the-means approach. Hastening the day when the rightful governing party returns to power is all that matters, so the G.O.P. will seize any club at hand with which to beat the current administration.

It’s an ugly picture. But it’s the truth. And it’s a truth anyone trying to find solutions to America’s real problems has to understand.

What do you expect Paul, these people are animals.

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