Michael Walzer once said that there is neither profit nor honor in doing evil badly. How he foresaw the current leadership of the Republican Party must remain one of life’s mysteries.
The new, Murdochized Wall Street Journal editorial page, as if eager to demonstrate that the old page had not fully plumbed the depths of depravity, accepts the idea that – with the economic recovery in real peril and millions of actual people suffering badly from unemployment and underemployment – the primary goal of the Republicans in Congress should be defeating President Obama for re-election, even if the means are disastrous for the country. Â But the editors scold the Republicans for blowing the theatricsÂ of extending the payroll tax cut. (At least they’re more aware than some of my friends about who’s been winning the poker game, writing, “After a year of the tea party House, Mr. Obama and Senate Democrats have had to make no major policy concessions beyond extending the Bush tax rates for two years.”)
Jonathan Karl of ABC News reports that the House Republicans are planning to climb down as soon as they figure out a face-saving way to do it. Â Your mileage may vary, but I can’t see the face below as worth a single American job.