Time magazine’s Joe Klein “” a generally moderate/centrist columnist “” famously said of GOP last year: “How can you sustain a democracy if one of the two major political parties has been overrun by nihilists? “¦ How can you maintain the illusion of journalistic impartiality when one of the political parties has jumped the shark?”
Uber-cartoonist Tom Toles offers some similarly blunt words for the nihilistic right-wingers in Congress today — along with a cartoon he headlines “Ever so sorry”:
The cartoonist also provides stinging commentary:
The wayward forward
Where do conservatives go from here? They simplified their policy menu down to three ideas: cut taxes, reduce regulations and attack yet another foreign country. These ideas have been so successfully implemented that they have nearly finished us off.
Conservatives now have raised the back of their hands to their foreheads, tilted their faces to the heavens, and started a long catlike yowl about the deficits that their former flightsuit-clad hero George W. Bush delivered to the nation, thanks to the very same conservative principles named above. Hence the conservative dilemma. Cut taxes some more now? Oops! Those deficits! Reduce regulations? Oh, let’s see if a less-regulated Wall Street can destroy the tax base MORE thoroughly! Attack still ANOTHER country? How much could THAT possibly cost?
There is really only one strategy remaining for conservatives. Prevent an economic recovery while Obama is still president, thereby clearing the way for an anger-filled electorate to lift up a truly crazy candidate, the kind only frighteningly prolonged bad times could reward. Ever wonder what accounts for that smug, knowing look on Sarah Palin’s face? Now you know. — Tom Toles
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