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The two-party system isn’t broken. Just one party is.

And that party is the Republican Party:

Because one of our parties has gone bonkers. Oh, sure, the Democrats aren’t altar boys. Fine. But
High Broderism
is blessedly dying as more and more establishment types come to see that it’s basically the GOP that’s throwing the wrench in the works.

There is little sign, of course, that this behavior is abating. True, we got a cliff deal, but the Washington GOP as a whole is still extremely right wing, and one leading reason why is that Republican House members and senators live in fear of facing primary challenges from their right. Barney Frank put it imperishably in an interview with New York magazine last spring, in a couplet that everyone who cares about Washington dysfunction should bear in mind: “[People] say, ‘Are you saying they’re all Michele Bachmann?’ And my answer is no, they’re not all Michele Bachmann. Half of them are Michele Bachmann. The other half are afraid of losing a primary to Michele Bachmann.”

The rest of the article lays out a plan for moderate Republicans to reclaim a role in their own party.

Democrats and progressives need to come to grips with the fact that the Republican party has been taken over by people whose policy agenda is nuts.


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