In the context of hacksplaining why it’s wrong for Republicans to oppose letting Obama pack the court with leftists, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wants you to know that everything is terrible and it’s all Republicans fault, because Republicans have politicized and polarized everything.
Democrats, he says, never question the legitimacy of a Republican president, would never block a Republican president’s appointments for partisan reasons, and have in no way contributed to the culture of partisanship that prevails in DC.
Yes, he actually says this.
Democrats don’t routinely deny the legitimacy of presidents from the other party; Republicans did it to both Bill Clinton and Mr. Obama.
Right, just forget everything Democrats said or did between November 2000 and January 2009. Also, between 1981 and 1989.
Interestingly, while Krugman rants about how illegitimate and unprecedented it is for Republicans to block a Supreme Court nomination, the word “Bork” appears nowhere in his column.
Democrats, per Krugman, are Holy, Blameless creatures, and not at all responsible for the breakdown in civility.
Second, it’s really important not to engage in false symmetry: only one of our two major political parties has gone off the deep end.
He says this as the Democrat Party’s nominees have boiled down to a corrupt lying sociopath who should have been indicted a long time ago and a hardcore Marxist who wants to double the national debt… again… and throw global warming skeptics in jail.
But he’s hardly unique in this. There are plenty of partisans of both stripes willing to give their side a pass. And that’s the real reason things have gotten bad, not because of a partisan divide, but because of the willingness of so many to accept nastiness, indecency, and even criminal behavior on the part of their side’s politicians. Elect gutter politicians, receive gutter politics.