The Republican Presidential meltdown: Mr. Murdoch is not pleased

The Wall Street Journal compares the Republican candidates for President to failed treatments for cancer.

As JFK said fifty years ago, when the Wall Street Journal criticizes the Republicans, it’s like L’Osservatore Romano criticizing the Pope. But here’s the deputy editorial page editor giving the best short analysis I’ve seen of the current clown show.

As for the current GOP field, it’s like confronting a terminal diagnosis. There may be an apparent range of treatments: conventional (Romney), experimental (Gingrich), homeopathic (Paul) or prayerful (Santorum). But none will avail you in the end. Just try to exit laughing.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

7 thoughts on “The Republican Presidential meltdown: Mr. Murdoch is not pleased”

  1. Without a doubt, the current Republican crop is straight out of the funny papers, but let’s not get cocky. Back in the Reagan years, everyone wrote off the Democrats, and now look at us.

    Of course, there’s an important difference. The Reagan-era Democrats looked simply useless. The Obama-era Republicans look positively weird. It may take them a while longer to recover for that reason alone.

  2. That’s a wonderful analogy.

    I fear, though, that it’s the Democracy that’s sick, even if Republican Party is showing the most dramatic symptoms.

  3. I’m not sure if high tide for peak crazy was when we had all nine nattering nihilists on the stage. That was rich for sure. But perhaps the peak will be the moment we have just the nominee: A Republican candidate with a Swiss bank account and a Grand Cayman slush fund who cut his country out of the loop, while maximizing his donation to his cult. Now that’s super rich!

    They say Rove can sell ashes to the devil…
    I can’t wait to see how the Rs market this Wall Street refinance man to the ever-dwindling middle class.
    Steaming off the cologne and putting him in Gap jeans is a start, I suppose.
    But they’ve got miles to go before they sleep….

  4. The WSJ fretts that the clowns can’t win. My fear is that with unlimited super-pac bucks, GOP run computer vote counting, new voter caging laws and a friendly SCOTUS ready to shamelessly back any leagal ploy the GOP can pull from it’s butt that one of these clowns can win quite handily and then the fun and games will really begin. Haw, Haw!

    As Rev. Al said: ‘The last time I laughed at a Republican presidential candidate it was George W Bush.’

    I think we’re all Bozos on this bus. Go aheah, squeeze the wheeze. My mother was a Bozoette in college.

  5. Money, media, and redistricting will ensure functional GOP relevance – no FDR era supermajorities. Unfortunate, as this prevents necessary dying off of gangrenous political ideology (such as it is), the pollution will continue its decay of the discourse. Maybe Mitters will pull a William Jennings Bryan and majestically implode. One can hope.

  6. Yeah, he was pretty down in that piece just as conservative columnists have been unreasonably optimistic up to now (think how hard it is to sctually beat an incumbent President). But it brings to mind a truism oft repeated by the baseball cogniscenti – “You’re never as good as you look when you are winning or as bad as you look when you are losing.” There’s a long way to go and the pendulum is going to swing more than a few times over the next 9 months.

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