Who would Stalin purge?
The pro-stimulus-package, tax and spend, pro-card check unionist Dede Scozzafava?
Or, pro-free market, pro-prosperity, tax lowering Doug Hoffman?
Well, based on the real-life example of Stalin-purged Nikolai Bukharin, you decide. (Bolding added)
…prompted by grain shortage in 1928, Stalin reversed himself and proposed a program of rapid industrialization and forced collectivization because he believed that the NEP was not working fast enough. Stalin suddenly adopted the policies of his vanquished foes – Trotsky, Zinoviev, and Kamenev.
Bukharin was worried by the prospect of Stalin’s plan, which he feared would lead to “military-feudal exploitation” of the peasantry. Bukharin did want the Soviet Union to achieve industrialization but he preferred the more moderate approach of offering the peasants the opportunity to become prosperous, which would lead to greater grain production for sale abroad…
…Bukharin’s support of continuation of NEP was not popular with higher Party cadres, and his slogan to peasants, “Enrich yourselves!” and proposal to achieve socialism “at snail’s pace” left him vulnerable to attacks first by Zinoviev and now by Stalin. Stalin attacked Bukharin’s views, portraying them as capitalist deviation and declaring that the revolution would be at risk without a strong policy that encouraged rapid industrialization….
Hard to figure out, isn’t it?
Especially since there are no parallels between Stalin’s push for rapid collectivization and President Obama’s and the Democrats’ go-slow, well-thought out, highly nuanced push for nationalized healthcare, or cap and trade, or the stimulus package.
Nope. No parallels at all.
But I’m guessing, in a Stalinist purge, Hoffman would be one of the first to go.
(Contains part of below post Frank Rich: Ghost Light’s Out. Click on link to see full post.)