Op-Ed Columnist – The Mask Slips – NYTimes.com

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/11/opinion/11herbert.html?em

As you’d expect, Bob Herbert recounts the Republican meltdown far more eloquently than I ever could:

For the nitwits who vote for the man or woman they’d most like to have over for dinner, or hang out at a barbecue with, I suggest you take a look at how well your 401(k) is doing, or how easy it will be to meet the mortgage this month, or whether the college fund you’ve been trying to build for your kids is as robust as you’d like it to be.

Voters in the George W. Bush era gave the Republican Party nearly complete control of the federal government. Now the financial markets are in turmoil, top government and corporate leaders are on the verge of panic and scholars are dusting off treatises that analyzed the causes of the Great Depression…

It’s not just the economy. While the United States has been fighting a useless and irresponsible war in Iraq, Afghanistan – the home base of the terrorists who struck us on 9/11 – has been allowed to fall into a state of chaos. Osama bin Laden is still at large. New Orleans is still on its knees. And so on.

Voting has consequences.

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