of the media spinning the election results. If I could just figure out where to put the wires, we could harvest mega-watts of electricity from the spin.
Good question. It’s always dangerous to speak of a country of 319 million as having a singular will, or of an election expressing that will. That’s particularly true when only about 40% of eligible voters show up for midterm elections. Like every party that wins, the GOP will claim that “the American people” have endorsed its agenda in full, and therefore if President Barack Obama stands in its way, then he’s thwarting the public’s desires. We’ve established that the public is fed up with a Congress seemingly incapable of getting anything done. The trouble is that the voters — unanimous in their abhorrence of gridlock — just delivered a result almost guaranteed to produce more gridlock. To be fair, there was one party assuring them that their votes would do just the opposite. Republican candidates promised voters that they’d stand in Obama’s way, and also promised that they’d “get things done,” sometimes in the same sentence. As The Atlantic’s Molly Ball reported last week, “these two seemingly contradictory messages are at the heart of Republican Senate campaigns across the country. I’ve heard them from candidate after candidate.”
I wonder if Mr. Waldman has ever even considered the idea that the people are getting tired of a Congress that keeps pumping out new law, new regulation, new restriction, new fees and taxes. That ‘gridlock’ in this case is the Republicans finally waking up (to a very small degree) to that fact.
It’s one thing to vote Republican because it’s the party that reflects your beliefs. But if you’re voting Republican because you want to see Congress become more conciliatory and productive, you really should have been paying closer attention the last six years.
That’s because obstructionism hasn’t been an accident, or a reaction to moves on Obama’s part that Republicans found objectionable. It was a strategy they employed from the outset. Literally on the day Obama was inaugurated, Republican leaders gathered over dinner and made a decision to oppose everything he proposed, to deny him both substantive progress and whatever political benefits might accrue to a president who looks like he’s accomplishing things.
I did vote for the Republicans because they have been reflecting my beliefs (at least lately) — stop growing the government. And most importantly stop growing the government in the direction that people like President Obama want to take it. It isn’t amazing how now Waldman is pushing for a conciliatory and productive; I wonder what his views where when either George Bush was president. Did he argue the Democrats should go along and get along?
And it worked. What was the result of six years of unprecedented filibusters, debt ceiling crises, a government shutdown, 50 futile Affordable Care Act repeal votes, endless conspiracy theorizing and a dramatic increase in general buffoonery? Republicans took back the House in 2010, and have now taken the Senate.
Voters rewarded their misdeeds by returning them to power.
Love how trying to stop the run away borrowing and spending is a misdeed. How trying to turn back an incredible over reach of the government (Affordable Care Act) is a misdeed. And ‘endless conspiracy theorizing’ — man that simple phrase dismissing the scandals plaguing the administration should produce about 5 megawatts just by itself.
Perhaps Mr. Waldman should spend a little more time reading the output of the company that pays him
October 2011 - Investigators uncover memos indicating Attorney General Holder had known about Operation Fast and Furious for close to a year, not a few weeks as he had stated in May 2011.
And maybe he could talk to the family of Brian Terry or Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.
I’m sure that attempt could end power the country for a couple of weeks. Of course the EPA might step in and stop it — the CO2 from all that hot air would be dangerous to the environment. Let’s not forget other minor scandals like the IRS targeting conservative organizations, hacking reporter computers and so on.
I wonder what the next two years are going to bring from the media. How are they going to cover President Obama’s apparent inability to work with the opposition….heck, his inability to work on anything other then his golf game.
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