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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Monday, November 09, 2009


Paul Krugman's oped today wraps with a rather intriguing if....
And if Tea Party Republicans do win big next year, what has already happened in California could happen at the national level. In California, the G.O.P. has essentially shrunk down to a rump party with no interest in actually governing — but that rump remains big enough to prevent anyone else from dealing with the state’s fiscal crisis. If this happens to America as a whole, as it all too easily could, the country could become effectively ungovernable in the midst of an ongoing economic disaster.


  • We may be there already, vis a vis the Republican party. And toss in a handful of Blue Dog dems too...

    By Blogger -epm, at 8:26 AM  

  • Also, if the Senate were to change some of it's rules, would that blunt the tyranny of the minority?

    By Blogger -epm, at 8:29 AM  

  • We are there right now, the question is whether the condition is permanent.

    And, they can bend the rules in some spots to avoid filibuster and such, but doing that pretty much guarantees the Repubs will do it twice as bad when/if they get back in.

    Look at the filibuster chart below. It used to be considered somewhat disgraceful, but One side did it, then the other side did it a little more, and now we need 60 votes for almost everything.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 10:03 AM  

  • ""country could become effectively ungovernable"" -- by any means of democracy....thereby proving government is the problem. All prayers to St. Ronnie...True corporate Fascism to follow and back to serfdom next millenium...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:03 PM  

  • I might argue that situation would be saying that we need competent government.

    We've seen how "no government" turns out. It's either a kleptocracy, collection of warlords, a failed state, or some combination of all three.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 1:46 PM  

  • but there is no such thing as competent government to the radical right (which in fact is the only right that exists)...common sense will be a rare commodity in this future state. the citizenry will want purity...and they'll accept nothing less. No democratic/free gov't will be perfect gov't for them...fascism will take on the mask of freedom but only then will the corps/banks/wall street will run the roost openly...MSM has created the monster (idiot-baxed addicted sheeple) and an iron-fist Dr. Frankenstein will watch over his creation. I give it 75 yrs...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:05 PM  

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