From Pine View Farm

Irrational Exuberance 0

Reports of the wreckage of the Republican Party, such as this one from Andrew Sullivan, are no doubt premature.

Nevertheless, it is difficult not to take some pleasure in the discomfiture of the Party of Privilege. Dick Polman recalls some history while predicting:

. . .10 years from now, Americans may well be amazed that the new normal was resisted so vociferously by the Republican opposition. All the current talk about “socialism” and “the death of freedom” and the onset of “Armageddon” (House GOP leader John Boehner, yesterday: “We are 24 hours from Armageddon”) is likely to seem quaint – much like actor Ronald Reagan’s 1961 warning about the health-care-for-seniors concept that would soon be known as Medicare (“one of these days, you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children, and our children’s children, what it once was like in America when men were free”); and much like the GOP attacks on the 1935 Social Security proposal to fashion a safety net for old folks (New Jersey GOP Senator A. Harry Moore: “It would take all the romance out of life. We might as well take a child from the nursery, give him a nurse, and protect him from every experience that life affords”).

In the comments to that post, Gee1971 reacts with bafflement (I don’t usually read comments because there’s not enough time, but Polman does attract some interesting ones):

Did Something happen last night? I turned off the TV and sat with my most special loved ones enjoying our last moments together as The End approached. I was stunned when I opened my eyes this morning and St. Peter was not standing before me.


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