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Thursday, February 26, 2021

If the behavior of Congressional Republicans over the past few weeks has struck you as being little more than knee-jerk negativism, you’re not alone:

Despite two consecutive election thrashings, and despite Obama’s high approval ratings and their own low standing, Republicans have wagered that the return to the majority is paved by unwavering opposition to further spending, an audacious bet that won’t pay out for another 21 months.

If Republicans are right, the economy will remain in tatters and voters will recognize in 2010 that the recovery was delayed by profligate Democrats and their president.

If the GOP is wrong, however, and the economy begins to show signs of life, the resistance will be easily framed as reflexive obstructionism, the last gasp of an intellectually bankrupt party…

“They just seem to be sitting back and waiting for the Democrats to come up with the plan so they can look for something to shoot at,” said House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), who is locked in a battle with his home state governor, Mark Sanford, over money for unemployment insurance. “They’re making a calculated decision to just say ‘no.’”

It is the job of the opposition party to apply the brakes on a partisan agenda wherever it can, so good job by the Republicans there. And fiscal conservatism is where they should rightly shine. But indeed, mere reactionary responses, instead of an actual solid alternative plan, is troubling; it makes them come off as nothing but Grand Old Party-Poopers.

If this gambit doesn’t come off, the GOP will really be in its own crisis by 2011. In fact, it might just lead to a permanent split, with the ultraconservative wing striking out on its own with a third-party organization — the ultimate of ironies, when you consider that the Republicans supposedly have been the more focused, homogeneous ideological grouping over the past thirty-odd years.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 02/26/2009 04:27:08 PM
Category: Politics
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    It’s getting harder and harder to take the Grand Old Party seriously these days. And it ain’t just me: Two-thirds of Republican voters see their party as essentially rudderless, just when the onset of the Obama Era demands a credible altern…

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