Robert Reich: Fear The Loony Right

Actually what he says is that the rest of us should not gloat at the position the Republican Party finds itself in. It’s not just that all the surviving GOP presidential candidates are full-blown, bat-shit crazy nut-jobs, but that nut-jobs currently control a house of Congress and will still do so after elections, and that in a non-parliamentary system, in which a party of nut-jobs cannot simply be absorbed into a governing coalition of saner parties, the minority party in American democracy has seriously frightening disruptive and even destructive powers:

A party of birthers, creationists, theocrats, climate-change deniers, nativists, gay-bashers, anti-abortionists, media paranoids, anti-intellectuals, and out-of-touch country clubbers cannot govern America.

In parliamentary systems of government, small groups representing loony fringes can be absorbed relatively harmlessly into adult governing coalitions.

But here, as we’re seeing, a loony fringe can take over an entire party — and that party will inevitably take over some part of our federal, state, and local governments.

As such, the loony right is a clear and present danger.

Clear and present danger… yes, they are. I’m sure most of you will, as will I, do everything you can to slow their rise to power. For me, though, the presidency is a real dilemma. I cannot vote for a multiple murderer who ignores the Bill of Rights when he finds it inconvenient. And I cannot ever, ever vote for a GOPer (perish the thought!). I am too old to vote, in what may be my last election, for the lesser evil. But I won’t discourage you if you want to vote for him. (I hate this position!)

AFTERTHOUGHT: Glenn Greenwald interviews Russ Feingold, who manages a real song-and-dance to continue his support for President Obama and, to my dismay, for Obama’s continuation of many of Bush’s probably unconstitutional antiterrorism practices. Please read the transcript; the audio is godawful.

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