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Paul Krugman is scared: Keep it up, conservatives

Typically, Paul Krugman can’t help himself. He’s quick to call any fight for the Democrats and, when he can get away with it, has no problem starting the knockout count even before Republicans hit the ground. So when even he is worried about the next election, you know change is afoot.

In fact, the party of Limbaugh and Beck could well make major gains in the midterm elections. The Obama administration’s job-creation efforts have fallen short, so that unemployment is likely to stay disastrously high through next year and beyond. The banker-friendly bailout of Wall Street has angered voters, and might even let Republicans claim the mantle of economic populism. Conservatives may not have better ideas, but voters might support them out of sheer frustration.

And if Tea Party Republicans do win big next year, what has already happened in California could happen at the national level. In California, the G.O.P. has essentially shrunk down to a rump party with no interest in actually governing — but that rump remains big enough to prevent anyone else from dealing with the state’s fiscal crisis. If this happens to America as a whole, as it all too easily could, the country could become effectively ungovernable in the midst of an ongoing economic disaster.

The point is that the takeover of the Republican Party by the irrational right is no laughing matter. Something unprecedented is happening here — and it’s very bad for America.

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  1. November 9, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    [Something unprecedented is happening here — and it’s very bad for America.]

    That is 100% true.

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