Monday, September 05, 2011

Recommended Reading

Former Republican operative Michael Lofgren has a lengthy piece up wherein he explains why he left the workaday life of political activisim behind, in the process echoing a point I've made more than a few times on this very site about how the inmates have taken over the asylum in the GOP (a situation which the ascendancy of the Tea Party has only exacerbated). Says he:
To those millions of Americans who have finally begun paying attention to politics and watched with exasperation the tragicomedy of the debt ceiling extension, it may have come as a shock that the Republican Party is so full of lunatics. To be sure, the party, like any political party on earth, has always had its share of crackpots, like Robert K. Dornan or William E. Dannemeyer. But the crackpot outliers of two decades ago have become the vital center today: Steve King, Michele Bachman (now a leading presidential candidate as well), Paul Broun, Patrick McHenry, Virginia Foxx, Louie Gohmert, Allen West. The Congressional directory now reads like a casebook of lunacy. 
And make no mistake about it, Lofgren also reserves plenty of fire for the Democrats as well, who he feels are just as complicit as their congressional counterparts for the current shabby state of our governance, but per his thesis, the difference between the two parties comes down to one of haplessness vs. maliciousness. Read the rest at the link. It's a long one, but it's well worth it.

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