Like fiery meteorites, sustained obsessions in politics and religion flash before expiring. Denying the age of the earth, scorning expertise, having people ride dinosaurs, even defying the absolute medical prudence of childhood immunization, that turns wingnuts into inmates for the asylum, not Congress. Oh well.
Thus, it cheers me to hear stolid characters like Paul Krugman indict national menaces not just for distortions or stupidity but having "gone off the deep end. Right, shift the debate from issues to mental instability, declaring the "madness of the GOP" the "central issue of our time." Such glimmers suggest centrist awareness is growing, even that we're slowly crawling out of our dark ages. And yes, with a nod to doomsayers, the sky looks darkest before the end of the storm.
Of course, key '14 Senate battles loom, and madness can still commandeer the Senate. We need not have hit rock bottom to begin to perceive limits to our descent. Since politics is a dynamic machine, a pendulum rather than shipwreck, a reverse bounce off some bottom is predictable. Certainly, the avalanche of conservative blunders -- on economics, job growth, war-making, anti-terrorism, or regressive social issues -- counts few wins against massive losses.
Pollyanna, but not only does the long "arc of the universe bend towards
justice" (echoing M. L. King) but can Mitch McConnell the sleazy hustler fool most of
the people all of the time? Trickle down makes for bad economics but works when
reality eventually seeps into polling booths.