Friday, September 27, 2013

The Party that Devoured Itself

There is something deeply fulfilling watching New York's Republican Representative Peter King call Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz "a fraud" and then complain when Cruz' Libertarian supporters make obscene and threatening King's office.

Republicans thought they could co-opt the TeaBag monster they created in the wake of President Obama's inauguration in 2009. For awhile, their efforts succeeded and TeaBaggers bowed to the establishment wing of the Republican Party.

But now, with the nation on the brink of a government shut-down and furlough of all non-essential federal employees and nearing the precipice of a first-ever default on its debt obligations, the TeaBag monster has slipped its leash.

This Republican gotterdammerung has been 30 years in the making, dating from the demagogic sloganeering of Reagan that government is the problem and not the solution, a marketing tack that has now fleshed itself out.

So bring it on. Let the revolution commence with a collapse of American democratic institutions. It can't happen soon enough.

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