December 4, 2011

Send In the Clueless

Paul Krugman:

“The Washington Post quotes an unnamed Republican adviser who compared what happened to Mr. Cain, when he suddenly found himself leading in the polls, to the proverbial tale of the dog who had better not catch that car he’s chasing. “Something great and awful happened, the dog caught the car. And of course, dogs don’t know how to drive cars. So he had no idea what to do with it.”

The same metaphor, it seems to me, might apply to the G.O.P. pursuit of the White House next year. If the dog actually catches the car — the actual job of running the U.S. government — it will have no idea what to do, because the realities of government in the 21st century bear no resemblance to the mythology all ambitious Republican politicians must pretend to believe. And what will happen then?”

Another spot-on assessment from Krugman, who appears to be laying the groundwork for four years of writing from the loyal opposition.

Krugman points out the conservative base's cognitive dissonance and how candidates pander to it. Why would anyone vote for a candidate who claims that the office and the institution he seeks to serve is the central problem facing the nation? How well can someone perform his duties if he truly detests the employer and the industry? Or, why would anyone vote for a candidate who lies about detesting that which he seeks in order to obtain it?