pandering to paranoia, catering to cynicism

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Paul Krugman's "Republican Death Trip" compares the Clinton-era Right to today's birther/deather/teabagger Right. The imbecility of "Charlton Heston is MY President" bumperstickers, after festering for several years, has re-emerged as the kind of credulous conservatism "that eagerly seizes on every wild rumor manufactured by the right-wing media complex:"

This opposition cannot be appeased. Some pundits claim that Mr. Obama has polarized the country by following too liberal an agenda. But the truth is that the attacks on the president have no relationship to anything he is actually doing or proposing.

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The truth is that the factors that made politics so ugly in the Clinton years -- the paranoia of a significant minority of Americans and the cynical willingness of leading Republicans to cater to that paranoia -- are as strong as ever. In fact, the situation may be even worse than it was in the 1990s because the collapse of the Bush administration has left the G.O.P. with no real leaders other than Rush Limbaugh.

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