Mike Lofgren, an ex-Republican Congressional staffer of almost thirty years, has a devastating broadside against his former party, which he recently left in manifest disgust and horror. Some choice passages from the beginning
Both [the Democratic and Republican] parties are rotten – how could they not be, given the complete infestation of the political system by corporate money on a scale that now requires a presidential candidate to raise upwards of a billion dollars to be competitive in the general election? Both parties are captives to corporate loot… But both parties are not rotten in quite the same way. The Democrats have their share of machine politicians, careerists, corporate bagmen, egomaniacs and kooks. Nothing, however, quite matches the modern GOP. To those millions of Americans who have finally begun paying attention to politics and watched with exasperation the tragicomedy of the debt ceiling extension, it may have come as a shock that the Republican Party is so full of lunatics…
Lofgren is not tender with the Democrats—and rightly so—and states that he is not a supporter of Obama, but makes clear that the contemporary GOP is indeed what Paul Krugman has called “the Party of Crazy.” His piece is long (6000+ words) but absolutely worth reading to the end (here it is again).
CORRECTION: I got the Krugman quote above slightly wrong. He did not precisely call the Republicans “the Party of Crazy” but rather, in reference to the GOP, wrote about “waking up and smelling the crazy.” La même chose, en effet.