Posted by: Rick | Friday, January 14, 2011

The Limits Of Obstruction?

Well, that didn’t take long:

No doubt about it: President Obama is on a political roll.

Obama’s approval ratings have cracked 50% in a number of polls, and a new Marist survey shows him pounding potential 2012 Republican challengers Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee.

Republicans — also known as “The Party Of No” — are going to spend 2011 trying to turn back the clock to about 1888.  Frankly, I don’t see how this will appeal to anyone but teabaggers and modern-day robber barons. 

Will Democrats choose to follow the James Carville strategy of throwing their drowning opponents an anvil?  Or will they let Barack Obama once again lead them down the primrose path of bipartisan suckerdom?

They’d better make the right decision.  Politics today is a zero sum game, civility or no civility.

UPDATE (from Chris Bowers at Daily Kos):

It’s worth noting that, in the mere 75 days since the 2010 elections, Democrats have gained 7% on Republicans nationally.  In so doing, they have already erased the Republican advantage ahead of the 2012 elections.

The next Republican Revolution appears to be over already. 

Perhaps the retro charisma of Boehner and McConnell can bring back the magic!

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  1. That’s a false choice. Carville never held office. The two sentences in your final paragraph don’t make sense to me. If politics today is a zero-sum game, which is the right decision?
    Obviously, I prefer the Obama approach of getting things done.

    • Even Republicans occasionally have to compromise. But what they NEVER do is stop promoting conservatism and trashing liberalism. GOP corporatists are like the Terminator: They won’t stop until they have all the money and all the power.

      And a Democratic president who refuses to fight them on the battlefield of ideas is not doing his job.

  2. Even Republicans occasionally have to compromise. But what they NEVER do is stop promoting conservatism and trashing liberalism. GOP corporatists are like the Terminator: They won’t stop until they have all the money and all the power.

    And a Democratic president who refuses to fight them on the battlefield of ideas is not doing his job.


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