Thursday, February 12, 2009


Yesterday, steves questioned whether I really thought the Republican party was actively trying to sabotage the President's plans, regardless of the wider implications—meaning "screw the country to stage a comeback."

Perhaps this will convince him...Andrew Sullivan:

This much is now clear. Their clear and open intent is to do all they can, however they can, to sabotage the new administration (and the economy to boot). They want failure. Even now. Even after the last eight years. Even in a recession as steeply dangerous as this one. There are legitimate debates to be had; and then there is the cynicism and surrealism of total political war. We now should have even less doubt about what kind of people they are. And the mountain of partisan vitriol Obama will have to climb every day of the next four or eight years.

Sullivan's referring to this:
It's hard not to think that Gregg's withdrawal, with the grumbling about the census and the stimulus, was not timed to cause the most damage possible to the Obama administration. Releasing the statement just as Obama took the stage in Peoria was clearly designed to undermine the President's event. The fact he scheduled a presser only seems to confirm it. The classy exit would have been to wait til tomorrow afternoon to quietly bow out. Basically Gregg decided not just to politely decline, but rather to blow shit up and burn the bridge behind him. Do not think this portends good things for the wider political climate.


Toast said...

I had the exact same thought about Gregg: This was deliberate. From the very beginning when he "reached out" it was the plan. Fucking douchebags.

Bob said...

Obama can keep pounding the pro-bipartisan message and let the Republicans look like asses. At some point he can say: "I tried"

steves said...

My only point was questioning whether the Republicans were doing this because they genuinely thought the plan was wrong as opposed to fighting it solely on the basis of letting things go to shit just so they can "swoop in and save the day." There is a difference.

I am not some kind of dittohead, nor am I so naive to believe everything the Republicans are saying, but I am leaning towards a legitimate disagreement at this point. This doesn't mean they are right. Personally, I think bipartisanship is overrated. The Dems won and deserve a chance to implment their policies. If they prove to be wrong, then hopefully they will get voted out.

Mr Furious said...

I don't even think the GOP ever wants to swoop in and save the day...just swoop in, fix blame and get to stuffing their pockets...

Not to worry, steves, I know you're not a dittohead.

Eric Wilde said...

I don't think the GOP could swoop in and save the day. They are miserable failures at governing.