This keenly written essay by Elizabeth Drew from the New York Review of Books is worth a read. For democracy to function well in any nation there must be at least two viable political parties who can reach compromises on certain issues and achieve effective government. The Republican Party is now marginalised and operates in the interests of a lunatic fringe. US democracy is suffering.
Update: Yes, and as John Mashey points out to me: The tobacco lobby & the Koch Brothers created the Tea Party!!!!!!!
From DeSmogBlog it is clear that climate change denialism and support for Big Tobacco go nicely together. Here’s John’s posting.
And here is Brendan Demelle’s parallel take on it.
And you thought the Tea Party supporters were just part of a grassroots tax revolt that began in 2009. Ha Ha…….loonies on a mission. Is our own Catallaxy similarly infected? Its authors have the pro-tobacco, climate denialist IPA backing them and this does receive funding from tobacco and mining companies.