Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall: April 24, 2005 - April 30, 2005 Archives: "the Republican party is becoming an anti-constitutional party. They're not comfortable with the rule of law"
Part of the Coming Perfect Storm zeitgeist is the expectation that the Party/People in power will, sooner or later, jump the shark, as they say in Hollywood, that they will overstep their boundaries.
There is a certain contingency at work, here, though, which should put a sick feeling into the pit of your stomach. One interpretation of the Bush et Alia contempt for the rules could be the expectation that they will be in power indefinitely, so it is no longer necessary to respect rules, which don't serve the interests of those in power. If Democracy is over in the U.S., their arrogance is rational. We've had one or two Presidential elections, which have been, arguably, rigged. The Republican majorities in Congress depend on some, mostly mild forms of gerrymander, which give a minority control. The Democratic Party is weak, and growing weaker -- financially at least.