Up against the wall

From Thomas Friedman in the NYT:

Watching both the health care and climate/energy debates in Congress, it is hard not to draw the following conclusion: There is only one thing worse than one-party autocracy, and that is one-party democracy, which is what we have in America today.

One-party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks. But when it is led by a reasonably enlightened group of people, as China is today, it can also have great advantages. That one party can just impose the politically difficult but critically important policies needed to move a society forward in the 21st century.

The real object of Friedman’s wrath? Republicans, of course. Why? Because they have the temerity to oppose Change™. If only they would get out of the way, if only America could shed its democracy fetish and just… leap forward.  There is simply no way to read these opening paragraphs as anything other than a desperate Hope™ for an autocratic solution that could eliminate political opposition and “just impose” whatever it wishes.

As Kenneth Anderson says on Volokh,  “Let me just say for the record that this is a monstrous column.”

A direct appeal to authoritarian fascism, it’s certainly monstrous. It’s just not surprising.