I’m back from brief travels. Not much seems to have changed while I was gone. E.g. Bachmann says only ‘radical environmentalists’ wouldn’t drill the Everglades.
It’s the sort of theatrics that wows people and gets headlines, but has no substance as there isn’t much oil there anyway.
… geologists believe there’s not much oil under the Everglades anyway. Collier County’s Sunniland Field, the only significant oil field nearby, doesn’t produce large quantities of oil, and a former employee tells 10News the oil is difficult to refine.
10News sat down with USF Geologist Dr. Albert Hine, and he told us, “There is no known evidence that there is a significant hydrocarbon deposit beneath the Everglades.”
I am waiting for a democratic candidate to suggest confiscating guns from institutionalized mental patients. That seems about the same kind of thing. But of course they don’t do that. Which is why everyone is linking to Mike Lofgren’s Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult:
To those millions of Americans who have finally begun paying attention to politics and watched with exasperation the tragicomedy of the debt ceiling extension, it may have come as a shock that the Republican Party is so full of lunatics. To be sure, the party, like any political party on earth, has always had its share of crackpots, like Robert K. Dornan or William E. Dannemeyer. But the crackpot outliers of two decades ago have become the vital center today: Steve King, Michele Bachman (now a leading presidential candidate as well), Paul Broun, Patrick McHenry, Virginia Foxx, Louie Gohmert, Allen West. The Congressional directory now reads like a casebook of lunacy.
It was this cast of characters and the pernicious ideas they represent that impelled me to end a nearly 30-year career as a professional staff member on Capitol Hill.
It seems to me that Obama’s party is like the Rockerfeller Republicans of the 70s and 80s. Bachmann-Perry Overdrive1 look like the John Birchers with a human face. I’m not sure what Romney is, maybe it depends on the phases of the moon.
- No disrespect intended to these guys. [↩]
They seem to believe that the more anti-intellectual they are, the better.
Josh Marshall links to an interesting John Judis observation that we have had nothing comparable to this republican party since John C Calhoun and the southern democrats of the 1830s through 1850s; both have “flout[ed] the law when … in the majority and threaten[ed] disorder when … in the minority” because the only important thing to them has been getting their way.
The most convincing part of the parallel is that the contemporary republican party begins with approximately the same base as the pre-Civil War southern democrats. Alabama calls itself heart of Dixie, but it’s got nothing on Richmond and South Carolina when it comes to resisting the Union.