The GOP War on Obama

Last night I was having a little discussion on Facebook about politics and I said that I thought the Republicans “will not sit back quietly and Obama have his way, we have already seen the warning signs in the fight over the stimulus.” Apparently I am not the only one who saw this coming. Via 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.

All of this is just another reason why I think Obama needs to chill with the bi-partisan schtick (as I said below)and just focus on pushing things through with the majority we have. They don’t want to play ball with him, and they will do everything in their power to bring him down. It’s not pessimism, it’s realism. The wingnuts will not, I repeat, will not, sit by quietly.

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3 Responses to The GOP War on Obama

  1. daniel powers says:

    Good post! My friend sent me his interpreptation of what they doing the other day as a comment to a blog of mine. He said, “The repubs are like a parasite right now, determined to takeover its host, but not until they’ve weakened the host to near death will they be able to do it.” Think he’s on to something here. I shake my head in awe daily when I see how they act. Teddy Roosevelt said a lot of great, progressive things as President that define these Republicans & Corporate America today. Went back through some old college papers when I used to write on him & love this quote:
    “Too much cannot be said against the men of wealth who sacrifice
    everything to getting wealth. There is not in the world a more ignoble
    character than the mere money-getting American, insensible to every duty, regardless of every principle, bent only on amassing a fortune, and putting his fortune only to the basest uses…
    Such a man is only the more dangerous if he occasionally does some deed like founding a college or endowing a church, which makes those good people who are also foolish forget his real iniquity. These men are equally careless of the working men, whom they oppress, and of the State, whose existence they imperil. There are not very many of them, but there is a very great number of men who approach more or less closely to the type, and, just in so far as they do so approach, they are curses to the country.” – Teddy
    0Roosevelt (One big ball of Progressive/Republican Communism for some of Rush Limbaugh’s fans to scream about I guess)

  2. Brent says:

    “They don’t want to play ball with him”

    Yeah, because you guys on the left were so interested in bipartisanship during the Bush years.

    For nearly a decade we’ve been told that dissent is the highest form of patriotism. For nearly a decade the Democrats have done everything possible to sabotage Republicans in power. And now that a Democrat wants to ram his own plans through, after Congressional Democrats have frozen out GOP members, we should all come together and agree. I don’t think so.

    The same thing the left put Bush through for the past 8 years the right will look to put Obama through. Surprise. It wasn’t a one-way street that we’d forget what Dems did when Republicans were in power.

  3. daniel powers says:

    Agreed Brian the Dems were hard on Bush & maybe should of been a lot harder. The guy was able to get through 6 years not vetoing 1 spending Bill. If the Dems. were as obstructionist ya know ass McConnell, DeMint & Boner want to be they should of stuck w/Hagel as their voice of reason on how fucked up that neo-con party really is. Pulling out all the stops week 3 of a new Presidency in a recession for political position seems very extreme to me. How do you possibly negotiate anything w/that as we watch my cities (Cleveland) & state (Ohio) fall by the waste side hoping these idiots can work together on something.