With the exception of Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann , Paul Krugman, and a few others, no one seems to care that the Republicans have replaced governance with brinksmanship and that this has cost the country dearly, bringing us to the verge of financial ruin on several occasions. No one even seems to acknowledge it. Their lunatic, counterfactual rantings are treated much like the mad uncle in the attic. There is an implicit assumption that we have to accept self-interested acts of betrayal and irrational outbursts as if they were serious and legitimate political discourse.
In reality, they are neither. Here’s how Ornstein – a conservative himself – and Mann put it:
The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.