Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Mirror, Mirror

"This is the third year that the Republicans’ Tea Party faction has elbowed its way into the post-sotu spotlight. Its previous spokespersons, Representative Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain, the pizza mini-mogul, were marginal cranks. Rand Paul, though a crank, is not so marginal: like Rubio, he is a member of the United States Senate, nominally subject to the disciplines of that august body’s Republican caucus. In the wake of November’s Democratic sweep of the popular vote—White House, Senate, House of Representatives—the G.O.P. is turning on itself. Karl Rove’s Super pac, American Crossroads, has started a pest-control subsidiary called the Conservative Victory Project, tasked with delousing the Party of hard-to-elect Senate hopefuls like Representative Steve King, the gay-baiting Iowa birther, and Representative Paul Broun, of Georgia, who regards evolution, embryology, and the Big Bang theory as 'lies from the pit of Hell.' Fox News appears to be on board, but much of the 'base' is not. 'This is war,' Michelle Malkin, the popular blogger, wrote. 'The civil war has begun,' David Bossie, the president of Citizens United (the group behind the case), announced." ~Hendrik Hertzberg at The New Yorker
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