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Paul Krugman – ‘The Boehner Bunglers’

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Via: NY Times

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Conservative leaders are indeed ideologically extreme, but they’re also DEEPLY INCOMPETENT. So much so, in fact, that the Dunning-Kruger effect — the truly incompetent can’t even recognize their own incompetence — reigns supreme.

To see what I’m talking about, consider the report in Sunday’s Times about the origins of the current crisis. Early this year, it turns out, some of the usual suspects — the Koch brothers, the political arm of the Heritage Foundation and others — plotted strategy in the wake of Republican electoral defeat. Did they talk about rethinking ideas that voters had soundly rejected? (Oh, hell no!)

No, they talked extortion, insisting that the threat of a shutdown would induce President Obama to abandon health reform.

This was crazy talk.

After all, health reform is Mr. Obama’s signature domestic achievement.

You’d have to be completely clueless to believe that he could be bullied into giving up his entire legacy by a defeated, unpopular G.O.P. — as opposed to responding, as he has, by making resistance to blackmail an issue of principle. But the possibility that their strategy might backfire doesn’t seem to have occurred to the would-be extortionists.

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Unfortunately for all of us, even the shock of electoral defeat wasn’t enough to burst the G.O.P. bubble; it’s still a party dominated by wishful thinking, and all but impervious to inconvenient facts.

And now that party’s leaders (See Photo) have bungled themselves into a corner.

Everybody not inside the bubble realizes that Mr. Obama can’t and won’t negotiate under the threat that the House will blow up the economy if he doesn’t — any concession at all would legitimize extortion as a routine part of politics. Yet Republican leaders are just beginning to get a clue, and so far clearly have no idea how to back down. Meanwhile, the government is shut, and a debt crisis looms. Incompetence can be a terrible thing.

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Read the entire Krugman column, HERE:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/07/opinion/krugman-the-boehner-bunglers.html?smid=fb-nytimes&WT.z_sma=OP_TBB_20131007&_r=0

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October 8, 2013 - Posted by | GOP morons, President Obama | , , , , , , , , ,

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