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Stephen P. Pizzo: Two losers this week, Bin Laden and the “New” GOP full of Reactionaries and Ignoramuses
Sunday, 28 March 2010 15:54
by Stephen P. Pizzo

I had two good chuckles this week. The first came when Osama Bin Laden announced that, should the US execute 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, al Qaida will execute any US soldiers they capture.

Why chuckle at such a grim warning? Because they already execute any US soldier the catch, but only after first holding them for ransom. So, like, where’s the real threat there?

My second chuckle came when, after Democrats passed health care reform, GOP leaders marched to the CNN microphones and announced, like furious 2-year olds holding their breath after being denied their demands, that “Democrats can expect no further cooperation from Republicans.” Need I explain the humor/irony in that threat? I think not.

So here we had two losers, Bin Laden and the “New” GOP in which reactionaries and ignoramuses (but I repeat myself) get to run things for the first times in the lives... an entire political party.

Anyway, here’s more on all that from Paul Krugman.

Have a nice day and, if you work in a Democratic party-related business, you might want to stay clear of the windows.

The Party of Ugly


by Paul Krugman

I admit it: I had fun watching right-wingers go wild as health reform finally became law. But a few days later, it doesn’t seem quite as entertaining — and not just because of the wave of vandalism and threats aimed at Democratic lawmakers. For if you care about America’s future, you can’t be happy as extremists take full control of one of our two great political parties.

To be sure, it was enjoyable watching Representative Devin Nunes, a Republican of California, warn that by passing health reform, Democrats “will finally lay the cornerstone of their socialist utopia on the backs of the American people.” Gosh, that sounds uncomfortable. And it’s been a hoot watching Mitt Romney squirm as he tries to distance himself from a plan that, as he knows full well, is nearly identical to the reform he himself pushed through as governor of Massachusetts. His best shot was declaring that enacting reform was an “unconscionable abuse of power,” a “historic usurpation of the legislative process” — presumably because the legislative process isn’t supposed to include things like “votes” in which the majority prevails.But back to the main theme.

What has been really striking has been the eliminationist rhetoric of the G.O.P., coming not from some radical fringe but from the party’s leaders. John Boehner, the House minority leader, declared that the passage of health reform was “Armageddon.” The Republican National Committee put out a fund-raising appeal that included a picture of Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, surrounded by flames, while the committee’s chairman declared that it was time to put Ms. Pelosi on “the firing line.” And Sarah Palin put out a map literally putting Democratic lawmakers in the cross hairs of a rifle sight.

All of this goes far beyond politics as usual. Democrats had a lot of harsh things to say about former President George W. Bush — but you’ll search in vain for anything comparably menacing, anything that even hinted at an appeal to violence, from members of Congress, let alone senior party officials.

Read full article at the NYT's.

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