October 5, 2009

The politics of spite

Erstwhile uber-‘patriotic’ rethugs are putting party before country. Paul Krugman adds:

So what did we learn from this moment [when the International Olympic Committee rejected Chicago’s bid to be host of the 2016 Summer Games]? 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.

But more important, the episode illustrated an essential truth about the state of American politics: at this point, the guiding principle of one of our nation’s two great political parties is spite, pure and simple. If Republicans think something might be good for the president, they’re against it — whether or not it’s good for America.

How did one of our great political parties become so ruthless, so willing to embrace scorched-earth tactics even if so doing undermines the ability of any future administration to govern?

The key point is that ever since the Reagan years, the Republican Party has been dominated by radicals — ideologues and/or apparatchiks who, at a fundamental level, do not accept anyone else’s right to govern.

Fun fact: I found the above pic at freetardrepublic. Like they would know what this means.