The Republican wing of the…

The Republican wing of the Democratic Party

Paul Krugman in the NY Times

Some of Mr. Dean’s rivals have launched vitriolic attacks that might as well have been scripted by Karl Rove. And I don’t buy the excuse that it’s all about ensuring that the party chooses an electable candidate.

The irony is that by seeking to undermine the election prospects of a man who may well be their party’s nominee, Mr. Lieberman and Mr. Kerry have reminded us of why their once-promising campaigns imploded.

Most Democrats feel, with justification, that we’re facing a national crisis — that the right, ruthlessly exploiting 9/11, is making a grab for total political dominance. The party’s rank and file want a candidate who is running, as the Dean slogan puts it, to take our country back. This is no time for a candidate who is running just because he thinks he deserves to be president.