Well, yeah, it’s been obvious for some time now. And they’ve been getting more and more loony for a long time now. This has been an ongoing process. Obama’s Health Care plan was originally proposed by the ultra-rightwing Heritage Foundation and reactionary dog Bob Dole in 1993. It’s a rightwing project. When reactionary nut Mitt Romney put it in in Massachusetts a few years back, the Right cheered. But when Obama proposed the same rightwing plan, the Right jumped up and down, threw a fit, and screamed “Communism”! It makes no sense.
Krugman suggests that the modern Republican Party sees any Democratic Presidency as fundamentally illegitimate. It’s basically a fascist party a radical rightwing party that rejects democracy. We saw this under Clinton with the endless fake investigations over nothing, the fake impeachment over nothing – one of the most outrageous acts in the history of US government, the investigations of the President’s sex life, the insane rumors about Hillary being a lesbian and a Communist, the notion that Clinton was a Communist, the repeated attempts to shut down the government.
Then there were the two electoral thefts from Democratic Presidential contenders, first in 2000 by the most corrupt and reactionary Supreme Court in history and second in 2004 via the hacking of the computer voting system, deliberately set up by fascist Republicans and fascist Republican corporations in order to steal elections for the fascist Republican Party.
We are seeing it again under Obama. Things that the Right would normally agree with, as they are after all radical Right proposals that Obama makes over and over, are rejected as “Communism.” There are repeated attempts to shut down the government, attempts, willful or not, to wreck the economy so Obama won’t be re-elected, endless racist race-baiting, suggestions that Obama is a Communist, a traitor, and not an American citizen.
The problem is that a huge number of Americans – 40-50% are supporting an ultra-rightwing and frankly fascist political party. Which means that 40-50% of Americans are open fascists.
I don’t think it’s fair to just blame the Republican Party. The American people could easily reject these morons, right? In any decent country, a party like that might poll something like 8%. It’s like blaming the Nazi Party for Nazism. That party couldn’t have done it without the support of millions of citizens.