May 20, 2017

What’s the Matter With Republicans?

Paul Krugman - The New York Times:

Why did Marine Le Pen, often portrayed as the French equivalent of Trump, lose by a huge margin? Because France’s conservatives were only willing to go so far; they simply would not support a candidate whose motives and qualifications they distrusted. Republicans, however, went all in behind Trump, knowing full well that he was totally unqualified, strongly suspecting that he was corrupt and even speculating that he might be in Russian pay, simply because there was an “R” after his name on the ballot.

And even now, with the Trump/Flynn/Comey story getting worse by the hour, there has been no significant breaking of ranks. If you’re waiting to find the modern version of Howard Baker, the Republican senator who asked “What did the president know, and when did he know it?” you’re wasting your time. Men like that left the G.O.P. a long time ago.

As I’ve privately remarked of many a self-identifying Republican, some would defend a child molester if he had an “R” after his name. Or, as Anderson Cooper phrased it yesterday, “if he took a dump on his desk you would defend it.”

The GOP is a corpse that continues moving only by inertia. It is, as a political party, intellectually bankrupt and morally corrupt.

#GOP #fraud #corrupt

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