Krugman: How Did Conservatism Turn Out This Bad?

 Krugman hit another one out the park yesterday, this one examining some of the weirdest and most extreme bits of Romney's and Santorum's conservatism, and speculating about when conservatives might have jumped the shark:

How did American conservatism end up so detached from, indeed at odds with, facts and rationality? For it was not always thus. After all, that health reform Mr. Romney wants us to forget followed a blueprint originally laid out at the Heritage Foundation!

My short answer is that the long-running con game of economic conservatives and the wealthy supporters they serve finally went bad. For decades the G.O.P. has won elections by appealing to social and racial divisions, only to turn after each victory to deregulation and tax cuts for the wealthy — a process that reached its epitome when George W. Bush won re-election by posing as America’s defender against gay married terrorists, then announced that he had a mandate to privatize Social Security.

Meaning: Krugman believes the ridiculous extremism that is rampant in the GOP primaries (c.f. Santorum's whole life), is part of the backdraft from the fires the GOP set over the past 30 years. It makes sense, no? Read the full piece here.

 

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at February 13, 2012, 5:28am

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