...he sounds stunned, stunned, that mockery as a form of political argumentation has failed to sway the American people:
Take five more steps back and you realize how successful the Tea Party has been. No matter how much liberals may poke fun at them, Tea Party partisans can claim victory in fundamentally altering the country's dialogue.
So what does he recommend? Like a Krugman blaming the failure of Obama's trillion dollar stimulus on being a trillion dollars too light to succeed, E.J. Dionne offers up - in lieu of facts or logic - more mockery!
But give the Tea Party guys credit: They have seized the political and media agenda and made budget cutting as fashionable as Justin Bieber was five minutes ago.
Oooohhh...cutting! Keep you day job, Mr. Dionne, whatever that is...because if all we are left with is facts and logical argument, as opposed to Palin-esque caricatures and nasty innuendo, we could wind up with...horror of horrors...
If politics is reduced to a crabbed and crabby accountants' war, Obama loses. The country will, too.
...national policy based on common sense and economic realities rather than liberal snark and leftist ideology. No wonder Dionne can't sleep at night - without lies, slander, derision, insincerity and his venomous hatred of conservatives, what will he have to offer to the Washington Post readership?
Besides comic relief, I mean?