13 February 2009

The Anti-Obama Platform

60% of the nation believe we’re still on the wrong track, so why do some politicians continue to demand that we simply continue to rely on tax-cutting and de-regulation to improve the economy? Is ideology all they have?

Andrew Sullivan has been wondering of the GOP has declared war on Obama based on ideology alone. He presents a compelling argument, and I can’t help but think there’s something to it—these people oversaw our national debt as it hit the $30 trillion dollar mark, all the while cutting taxes and encouraging deregulation in industries that pretty much require watchdogs--banking and securities. Rather than rebuild their platform based on issues, they've chosen to present themselves as the "anti-Obama party."

Additionally, the GOP’s playing offense seems to be “emboldening” others to embrace fringe movements. For example, four Tennessee Representatives—Eric Swafford, Stacey Campfield, Frank Nicely, and Glen Casada--have chosen to link their names to an increasingly outlandish conspiracy involving the President’s citizenship status—a conspiracy they has spawned numerous lawsuits, all of which, to this point, have been dismissed by the courts.

Some suggest that if the President’s approval ratings continue to hold, the GOP will “fall into line.” We’ll see. But Republicans might recall one of their handiest tactics in the 2002 and 2004 elections: painting Congressional Democrats as “obstructionists.” It rather helped the GOP, didn't it? I'm just saying . . .

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