In his latest column at The New York Times, Paul Krugman (a well known Jewish economist and political pundit) denounces the implicit Whites behind the Tea Parties as the “crazy right,” “irrational extremists,” and “the lunatic fringe.” He pines for the good ol’ days when there was “a general understanding, a sort of implicit clause in the rules of American politics” that the two major parties would ignore the concerns of this element of the right. Such is Paul Krugman’s commitment to “democratic values.”
The conservatives behind the Tea Parties were Ronald Reagan supporters. They are the GOP base. As changing demographics shift the political spectrum to the left, I have long predicted that huge numbers of White conservatives will be pushed beyond the pale of mainstream respectability. They will find themselves expelled to the fringe now populated by paleocons and White Nationalists. There is already an organized effort on the left to lump all of these political tendencies together into one rightwing boogeyman.
As one might suspect, Jewish progressives are leading the charge. They are also using their traditional strategy: look at these people, they are crazy, they are lunatics, they are toxic, don’t touch them or they will rub off something nasty on you. The appeal is to social status and maintaining respectability in the eyes of Jewish NYC-DC-Hollywood elites.
It remains to be seen if the majority of White conservatives will buy this argument and accept their own dispossession. Judging by their resistance, I doubt they will go quietly.