Paul Krugman writes:
Last night wasn’t just a victory for tolerance; it wasn’t just a mandate for progressive change; it was also, I hope, the end of the monster years.
What I mean by that is that for the past 14 years America’s political life has been largely dominated by, well, monsters. Monsters like Tom DeLay, who suggested that the shootings at Columbine happened because schools teach students the theory of evolution. Monsters like Karl Rove, who declared that liberals wanted to offer “therapy and understanding” to terrorists. Monsters like Dick Cheney, who saw 9/11 as an opportunity to start torturing people.
And in our national discourse, we pretended that these monsters were reasonable, respectable people. To point out that the monsters were, in fact, monsters, was “shrill.”
You’d think, having endured 14 years under the rule of monsters, that the Democrats would be seeking to reduce the power such monsters can wield. After all, what’s to prevent voters from electing such monsters again?
But does anyone think that Democrats will seek to do anything but the expand the reach and power of the government lash?
We’ve not banished the monsters to the wilderness. We’ve merely changed which hand holds the whip.