Who's this Krugman guy? He's got a really good blog:
As we all know, the Bush administration essentially brushed aside all notion of due process. It locked up and tortured people it said were “enemy combatants”; it engaged in warrantless wiretapping; and so on.
We weren’t supposed to worry our pretty little heads about this, because we were supposed to take it as a given that these were people we could trust not to abuse their power.
Meanwhile, the Justice Department was interviewing job candidates, and asking,
What is it about George W. Bush that makes you want to serve him?
In other words, there was a combination of power without oversight and a deeply creepy cult of personality (which was obvious long before we got the latest specifics.)
I think we were lucky to get out of this with democracy more or less intact.
Let's not count our chickens, OK?
In fact, the further erosion of democracy is one of the things that some of us found most disturbing about the Democratic primary this season. OK, the SDs made the choice, not the popular vote; those were the rules. But the way the Democratic leadership made the choice at the RBC shambles was not merely procedurally flawed, but open vote stealing; and the presumptive nominee's margin of victory came from the grotesquely undemocratic caucus system. Further, we had our famously free press picking our president for us (just like in 2000 and 2004) by openly favoring one candidate, and declaring the race over, when it clearly wasn't -- and the "losing" candidate went on to win the popular vote (when you count all of them, anyhow*).
We can debate the "more" and "less" of how intact democracy is, in this country. But after this primary season, it seems obvious to me that the forces seeking to erode and destroy democracy are not confined to a single party, but are a single system with shared Village values: The Republicans, the FKD (the party Formerly Known as Democratic), and the press, all perhaps working toward slightly different ends -- their own power and profit -- but all using the same democracy-eroding means.
Ditto "creepy cults of personality." To many who have remained outside the Obama Movement, that's exactly what the Obama Movement looks like; certainly that's what encountering the movement online felt like. Here again, Village values rule.
NOTE In Googling for some of the links in this post, I've noticed that Axelrod's strategy of infesting the comment sections of all the major media outlets with trolls has really paid off for him in terms of page rank. Well done!
NOTE * Granted, the popular vote was very close, and the count is disputed methodologically -- in large part because one candidate refused to revote two flawed primaries.