Any time Democrats do well, there are claims that We Are Now All Centrists (although this never seems to happen when Republicans win…), and that partisanship is undesirable. With that in mind, it’s worth remembering just how poisoned our national discourse has been by extremist Republicans (who lead the GOP):
What I mean by that is that for the past 14 years America’s political life has been largely dominated by, well, monsters. Monsters like Tom DeLay, who suggested that the shootings at Columbine happened because schools teach students the theory of evolution. Monsters like Karl Rove, who declared that liberals wanted to offer “therapy and understanding” to terrorists. Monsters like Dick Cheney, who saw 9/11 as an opportunity to start torturing people.
And in our national discourse, we pretended that these monsters were reasonable, respectable people. To point out that the monsters were, in fact, monsters, was “shrill.”
Four years ago it seemed as if the monsters would dominate American politics for a long time to come. But for now, at least, they’ve been banished to the wilderness.
From Paul Krugman’s keyboard to the Intelligent Designer’s ears….