The Republican party has become the home of such extreme people that even political leaders in other countries feel free to ignore the usual protocols and start piling on, with the Australian deputy prime minister Wayne Swan saying, “Let’s be blunt and acknowledge the biggest threat to the world’s biggest economy are the cranks and crazies that have taken over the Republican Party.”
This is quite a remarkable intrusion into the internal politics of another country. Who do the Aussies think they are? Don’t they know that only US politicians have the right to lecture the political leaders of other countries?
Evan McMorris-Santoro takes a look at how things are going for four of the nuttiest members of congress that might be the people Swan had in mind: Joe Walsh, Steve King, Allen West, and Michele Bachmann.
These are Tea Party favorites for whom nothing, however extreme, seems to be out of bounds to say and, in an encouraging sign, they seem to be struggling to win re-election though sadly they will likely squeak through in the end.