TimeA daft diatribe from the clearly berserk columnist Joe Klein, in extremis over the “radical nihilist minority of the Republican Party” but full of gratitude for the Renaissance wonders of his generation, that is to say, “rock ’n’ roll, The Sopranos,” and—get this—“Whole Foods.” I say commit him to a loony bin:Is it just me, or is there a whiff of the apocalypse in the air? It isn’t hard to locate the immediate cause of the shutdown and impending debt-ceiling debacle: the radical nihilist minority of the Republican Party and the GOP’s craven leadership. Words should not be minced here. These radicals—it is wildly inaccurate to call them conservatives—are a pestilence feeding on ignorance and cynicism, preying on fear as a period of unprecedented prosperity wanes. They are not the apocalypse but represent the desperate last gasp of the white majority and of an era. My generation’s era….
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