The Republican Party is apparently on the hunt for anyone who dares to look into their shady backers. Their most recent target is American environmental historian Bill Cronon, best known for his pioneering books, Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England and Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West.
To go on the offensive in the pages of the New York Times and on his blog, "Scholar as Citizen", against what he sees as the sheer unreasoning radical nature of today's Republican Party. Their ideology, he rightly notes, would seem totally out of character to their supporters before what Cronon identifies as their 1964 turnaround and their class war against the middle- and working-classes. In other words, this isn't your grandmother's Republican Party. And Scott Walker, in assaulting organised labour in Wisconsin, a bedrock of our democracy, isn't your grandmother's Republican politician.
Cronon's article is worth reading and his blog worth following. Both because much of his analysis seems to be spot on, and because it will be interesting to see if the Republican Party and its backers continue this strategy of working to undermine any party who questions their logic, methods and proponents.