Ok, so I know I said we should all take a day off from engaging with conservative fear-peddling re: health care reform (and, you know, be happy about actual governance rather than D.C. political sport), but in reading this pleasant little victory-lap column by Paul “Krug-Dog” Krugman, I was stopped short yet again by the politicking cynicism of Newt Gingrich:
If Democrats pass health reform, “They will have destroyed their party much as Lyndon Johnson shattered the Democratic Party for 40 years” by passing civil rights legislation.
As Krugman says, this line of thinking reveals what is worst about our politics: When scorekeeping and gamesmanship supersede principle. Does Gingrich not understand what he’s saying here? Does he think Democrats regret doing the right thing by providing equality for all Americans under the eyes of the law? DOES HE THINK DEMOCRATS REGRET ENDING SEGREGATION? Dear Newt: please keep all the racist old Dixiecrats who “shattered” the party by leaving, we do not want them back.
Now, allow me to begin the following out-of-context meme: Newt Gingrich Compares Health Care Reform to Civil Rights! Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Repeat.