Paul Krugman was commenting on the Tea Parties that the Republicans have been setting up for this upcoming Wednesday. He seems unsure as to whether he should laugh out loud at the GOP’s shenanigans or to be worried. Such astroturf tricks have worked well in the past for the Republicans; Krugman recalls the efficiency of the faux riot in Miami-Dade county that stopped the vote in Florida during the 2000 election. This was not a real “grass roots” protest, but one carefully manufactured by GOP strategists to achieve an end – which they did. Astroturf activism seems to be big on corporate (or other powerful interests) money, and low on average citizen participation. The tea parties have been backed by Murdock owned media outlets.
To drive home his point about his mixed feelings on the current embarrassing displays by the Grand old Party, Krugman states:
“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.”
My hope is that Krugman is wrong, because while the GOP may remain crazy after all these years, I sincerely want to believe that the electorate has not.
What do you readers think?