The Jan. 6 hearings have pulled back the curtain on the 'crazies and cowards' around Trump: Paul Krugman

The Republican Party seems to be nothing less than a confederation of "crazies, cowards, and careerists," less interested in governing than they are in kowtowing to Donald Trump

according to Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman. As a result of members of Congress who could testify declining to do so while their colleagues look the other way,

according to Krugman's analysis of the January 6 House hearings into the storming of the Capitol by supporters of the previous president.

"Realistically there is no longer any doubt that Trump tried to change the results of a lawful election, and when all else failed, advocated and tried to abet a violent attack on Congress," stated Krugman of the information that has so far been made public.

He directed his ire at the GOP leadership and the far-right members of Congress who are supporting Trump so he may maintain his 2024 presidential dreams and they can follow him.

He said that he is not a lawyer and is not in a position to define what laws have been committed.

Numerous members of the Trump administration or those close to it must have been aware of what was happening; many of them undoubtedly had firsthand knowledge of at least some elements of the coup attempt.

How can we explain this neglect of duty when so few people have come forward to share what they know? There might be a straightforward solution, according to the columnist.

Fully committed MAGA supporters are definitely in the minority among G.O.P. officials even today. There are probably multiple Kevin McCarthys for every Lauren Boebert or Marjorie Taylor Greene—careerists rather than nuts, apparatchiks rather than zealots

With only a few exceptions, the non-crazy wing of the G.O.P. has still done everything it can to avoid any accountability for the attempted takeover, he said.

"The Republican Party is a far more homogeneous organisation, and politicians strive to see who sticks closest to the party's position. The economic theory that formerly defined that

line has given way to positioning in the culture wars and personal allegiance to Trump in recent years. He continued by citing stalwart conservatives like Bill Kristol and Max Boot — as well as Rep.Liz Cheney (R-WY)

who have defied the trend and fought back at the former president's attempt to overthrow democratic institutions. "It takes great moral courage for Republicans to defy the party's diktats, and those who do are promptly excommunicated," he said.

The fact that the neocons were always a different group, never fully assimilated by the Republican monolith, and had careers that relied in part on reputations outside the party is not, in my opinion, a slight on these people's guts.

This probably gives them greater freedom to act in accordance with their consciences than the average Republican," he said before adding, "Unfortunately, there is still the rest to be done.

Republicans are currently a coalition of nuts and cowards, whereas Democrats are a coalition of interest groups. And it's difficult to determine which Republicans pose the greatest threat.