This is priceless. I’ve pretty much been saying that Obama is offering the olive branch to Republicans because he knows they’re going to burn the branch instead of compromise to maybe appear a bit more enlightened to the country.
One quote from the Op-Ed is this:
This quote from the 8th paragraph pretty much jibes with what I’ve been talking about lately.
Having checked the box on attempted bipartisanship, Obama can now move in for the kill.
I’m lead to recall this image, of the Eagle clutching in one set of talons an olive branch, and in the other a cluster of arrows.
Now that the Republicans have sent back the olive branch as a burning bush, they’re about to suffer the flaming arrows of defeat.
Here’s the last paragraph of the article. It gives me great hope.
Republicans will also be judged by the voters. If they want to obstruct and filibuster while the economy is in free fall, the president should call their bluff and let them go at it. In the first four years after F.D.R. took over from Hoover, the already decimated ranks of Republicans in Congress fell from 36 to 16 in the Senate and from 117 to 88 in the House. The G.O.P. is so insistent that the New Deal was a mirage it may well have convinced itself that its own sorry record back then didn’t happen either.
Do I see a pattern repeating? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The Republicans think that by blocking Obama’s initiatives they’ll make themselves out to be the party of sanity and reason.
The reality of it is that by using such obstructionist tactics they’ll demonstrate to the people of this country that the Republican party really is out of touch with reality.
Even at the state levels the Republicans are really pissing people off. I know that here in RI Governor Don Caricieri (R) isn’t the most popular guy. I can pretty much guarantee his successor won’t be a Republican though I have to be honest I’m not much impressed by the candidates I know of on the Democratic side.
And I estimate that it will take anywhere from ten to thirty years for the Republican party to get back on track. That’s about how long it took for the party to be hijacked by the lunatic fringe. It’ll take about that long for it to emerge. I realize my range is a bit broad so I’ll say 15 years. That’s a mighty long time in the political wilderness. Enough time to replace almost the entire Supreme Court.
And in other news, that Republican darling Ken Starr is now promising Obama that he’ll have opposition to Supreme Court nominations because of Obama opposing Bush nominees.
Honestly it’s like watching kids on a playground when it comes to the Republican party.
Here we can watch Senator Lindsey Graham go into minor hysterics against Barbara Boxers opinion of his method as theatrical.
Yep, the wingnut brigage is still in control of the Republican party. Good luck with all that.