After lambasting Marco Rubio's atrocious debate performance where he regurgitated a canned response to Chris Christie about how awful President Obama was three times, Paul Krugman accused the entire Republican party of existing in a "time loop" due to their complete inability to learn from past mistakes.
"Mr. Rubio’s inability to do anything besides repeat canned talking points was startling," wrote Krugman. "Worse, it was funny, which means that it has gone viral. And it reinforced the narrative that he is nothing but an empty suit. But really, isn’t everyone in his party doing pretty much the same thing, if not so conspicuously?"
"The truth is that the whole G.O.P. seems stuck in a time loop, saying and doing the same things over and over," he continued. "And unlike Bill Murray’s character in the movie “Groundhog Day,” Republicans show no sign of learning anything from experience."
Krugman then detailed the "ritual denunciation of Obamacare...the assertion that taxing the rich has terrible effects on economic growth," and the required G.O.P. stance on foreign policy that "has become one of utter confidence in the effectiveness of military force," -- positions every sane person in America knows are not only demonstrably wrong, but actively harmful when put into practice (anyone remember the Bush years?).
But Krugman really hit the nail on the head with his observation of the increasingly noticeable difference between the two parties basic moral and intellectual principles. "When you revisit Democratic debates after what went down Saturday, it doesn’t feel as if you’re watching a different party," wrote Krugman. "It feels as if you’ve entered a different intellectual and moral universe."
This enormous difference cannot ever be underestimated, and as Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders fans duke it out over which candidate they feel is more authentic/viable/corrupt and so on, they may want to remember what they are up against -- a dimwitted bunch of radical extremists who believe the best way forward for the country is to oppose everything good President Obama has done while arguing for policies they have failed with over, and over and over again.