By Patrick J. Buchanan
By refusing to accept tax increases in a deal to raise the debt
ceiling, Republicans are behaving like “fanatics,” writes David Brooks
of The New York Times.
Anti-tax Republicans “have no sense of moral decency,” he adds.
They are “willing to stain their nation’s honor” to “worship their
idol.” If this “deal of the century” goes down, as he calls the Barack
Obama offer, “Republican fanaticism” will be the cause.
“The GOP has become a cult” that has replaced reason with “feverish”
and “cockamamie beliefs,” writes Richard Cohen of The Washington Post.
“presidential field (is) a virtual political Jonestown,” the Guyana
site where more than 900 followers of the Peoples Temple drank the
Kool-Aid that Rev. Jim Jones mixed for them.
Does anyone think this an appropriate description of such mild-mannered men as Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty and Jon Huntsman?
“The GOP’s Hezbollah Wing Is Now Fully in Control,” screams The New Republic over a recent lead editorial.
Other columnists charge the GOP with holding America “hostage” by refusing to accept tax hikes to avert a default on the debt.
What to make of this hysteria?