The Republicans would be well advised to adopt a more co-operative stance. This is not the mid-nineties: America wants to be governed by its President.
Originally posted on ePol Keeping It Real:
You can usually spot the savvy politicians in Congress. They have a keen sense of the congressional landscape of the moment and they know which battles it is smart to fight. Like good poker players, they also know when it is a good idea for fold their hand and let the other side prevail. By that measure, the Congressional Republicans in the House and Senate clearly exhibit a clear absence of very many savvy politicians in the 112th Congress. In fact, it appears that most Republicans learned little of nothing from the outcome of the 2012 election.
In the letter from Congressional Republicans in the House, the very first sentence in the document characterized the outcome of the last election as a status quo result. I’s sorry! What could possibly be wrong with this assessment? Well, for starters, at the national level, the Republicans lost the presidency. The party also lost seats in the House and the Senate. The Republicans lost their super-majority in the House and the Democratic Party still controls the Senate. Their strategies for governing and for solving the fiscal problems that face the country were emphatically repudiated by a majority of the American people. And these losses came at the hands of a broad coalition of African-American voters, Latino voters, young, single working women and young people. Do you sense a level of self-delusion and denial among the Congressional Republicans.?
Incredulously, Congressional Republicans are behaving as if their party won the election and continuing to obstruct even the most benign matters coming before the two houses.