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April 13, 2009

Krugman: GOP looks as crazy today as its ever been

Posted: 08:02 AM ET

By Paul Krugman, NY Times columnist

This is a column about Republicans — and I’m not sure I should even be writing it.

Today’s G.O.P. is, after all, very much a minority party. It retains some limited ability to obstruct the Democrats, but has no ability to make or even significantly shape policy.

Beyond that, Republicans have become embarrassing to watch. And it doesn’t feel right to make fun of crazy people. Better, perhaps, to focus on the real policy debates, which are all among Democrats.

But here’s the thing: the G.O.P. looked as crazy 10 or 15 years ago as it does now. That didn’t stop Republicans from taking control of both Congress and the White House. And they could return to power if the Democrats stumble. So it behooves us to look closely at the state of what is, after all, one of our nation’s two great political parties.

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ronvan   April 13th, 2009 9:11 am ET

Couldn't agree more. Republicans are in total dissaray, confused, and cannot come together to even try to reestablish themselves.
Appears their only tactit is to hope that the democrates fail so that they can then jump up and say " we told you so". For me, this is not leadership.


Michael C. McHugh   April 13th, 2009 12:35 pm ET

If history is any guide, they will be out of power for at least 10-12 years, which is good for the country. It will take that long to repair all the damage they've done to us.

Right now, it's hard to think of even one positive quality of the Republicans. They are just a party of rich white people who appeal to all the worst instincts in this society to get votes. They offer nothing for most people, and no ideas for the future,just the usual appeals to Confederates and evangelicals on issues like race and religion.


Joe G. (Illinois)   April 13th, 2009 2:01 pm ET

Mr. Paul Krugman you sound like a scapegoat in a monkey cage.. Whom may I ask put you up to this? Has the Press Secretary of the Obama lost his luster? Just what in the world is your point in this you have written? Are we ought to put the Pathological Abortionist and Anything Goes Family Moral Value goggles on to see the Fantasy Hero beauty of the Obama frenzy..? Aside from them 25 Police Cadet Officers what jobs what others has Obama Saved or Created?


Rose KC,MO   April 13th, 2009 8:54 pm ET

We should send the GOP on vacation, near Somali and hope the pirates intercept them. It would be our luck they would want them. Send them to Afganistan to look for Bin Ladin. Do something to be useful other than criticise.


Dave of Detroit   April 14th, 2009 12:06 am ET

The Pendulum of Heigel-for every swing in one direction there is a reverse swing-applies to history and politics. Prior to his election, the Political Pundits were predicting that Obama would be a transistional President and sadly, they will probably be right. The problem is that we do not like change and Obama is making a lot of badly needed changes. Do I expect any change in the way Washington operates-Will Fannie and Freddie be made to break up into smaller more manageable banks, will the Hedgefunds get more regulation to stop the gasoline crisis from repeating itself, will Phil Gramm's "Futures Modernization Act" be repealed that was a main thrust of the Wallstreet Meltdown, will our Legislators stop taking money from Political Action Groups that are contrary to the Laws of the Nation and costing billions to the taxpayer? Will Congress take responsibility for the demise of the U.S. Auto Industry by permitting Korea and Japan an unfair Advantage in our so-called Free trade Laws, Will the U.S. start closing some of our 800 military bases throughout the world that makes us look like an aggressor Nation-I really wouldn't hold my breath on any of these things taking place until our policies bankrupt the Nation and we have no choice!


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