Both Ross Douthat and I have concluded that the Republican Party is set to learn the wrong lessons from the rise of Donald Trump. The party, as we know it, is going to die because the party leadership is incapable of changing. We should examine part of this from one side that rarely gets mentioned — consultants.
The consultant class within the GOP has arranged their deck chairs on the Titanic of the RNC so that they win whether the party wins or loses. But if the party were to reform and reconnect with its grassroots, the opportunities for much of the consultant class currently in power would shrivel up and die.
Krugman’s miraculous deception on Texas
From TexasInsider.org, By Philip Klein, 08/23/11 – Ross Douthat came to the defense of Texas’s economic performance under Gov. Rick Perry today, and Paul Krugman was quick to fire back. But Krugman’s 3-point assault misses three times. Krugman’s first two arguments frame the debate in maximalist terms to lower the threshold he has to meet as a critic. Continue reading →