Paul Krugman has written the latest GOP obituary

To be sure, Krugman considers the role played by the Bush administration in his critique. But he also paints in broad strokes: "That's why the soon-to-be-gone administration's failure is bigger than Mr. Bush himself: it represents the end of the line for a political strategy that dominated the scene for more than a generation."

The strategy in question:

Forty years ago the G.O.P. decided, in effect, to make itself the party of racial backlash. And everything that has happened in recent years, from the choice of Mr. Bush as the party's champion, to the Bush administration's pervasive incompetence, to the party's shrinking base, is a consequence of that decision.

It is certainly possible the Republican Party will learn from Sarah Palin's crash and burn during the last Presidential campaign. But, speaking for myself, I hope they prove to be as dull as they seem to be!

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