Party of bad ideas


Most of the buzz over the weekend was about Thomas Friedman’s column on Denmark’s energy independence, at least judging by it’s number one ranking on the NYT’s most emailed list.

But down at number seven on that list, economist/astute observer of politics, Paul Krugman made the following important point about “bipartisanship.”

What I mean, instead, is that know-nothingism — the insistence that there are simple, brute-force, instant-gratification answers to every problem, and that there’s something effeminate and weak about anyone who suggests otherwise — has become the core of Republican policy and political strategy. The party’s de facto slogan has become: “Real men don’t think things through.”

In any case, remember this the next time someone calls for an end to partisanship, for working together to solve the country’s problems. It’s not going to happen — not as long as one of America’s two great parties believes that when it comes to politics, stupidity is the best policy.

To the victors should go the spoils.  If the voters choose a president and a Congress of the same party, as existed in spirit from 2000 to 2006 and in fact from 2002 to 2006, then that party should get the chance to run the place according to their own platforms.

Why give ground to the losing side on any point if the voters themselves have decided they want to give your way a go for a while?  If they don’t like the results, I’m sure they’ll let you know in 2010.


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