Kevin Drum on the new Consumer Financial Protection nominee/sacrificial lamb:
Republicans can get away with this because (a) nobody cares about presidential appointments below the cabinet level, and (b) as I mentioned a few days ago, Republicans are expected to hold lunatic views and reporters simply give them a pass on it. At its core, the press doesn’t really consider this stuff spiteful or petty or partisan or dangerous or anything like that. Sure, we’re being treated to the spectacle of a bunch of constitutional conservatives explicitly abandoning their black letter constitutional duty to advise and consent, but hey. It’s just Republicans being Republicans, and it’s considered completely sincere no matter how crazy it is.
That’s all true, but I’ve been wondering if the next Beltway media move is to suddenly discover that Republicans are crazy and to start a “who’s crazy” witchhunt. I don’t know what would trigger that discovery. It would have to be something that the Villagers care about, like horse race politics — perhaps if Obama started to poll significantly better than Perry, when Perry looked like he had a lock on the Republican nomination? If such a witchhunt and change in the status quo bias happened, the one thing to remember about crazy is that it’s pretty sticky. Once you’re put in the crazy bucket, people stop listening to to what you’re saying, they stop trusting your judgment, and they do so for a very long time.