“This is the largest tax bill in history,” the Republican leader fumed. The reform “is unjust, unworkable, stupidly drafted and wastefully financed.”
And that wasn’t all. This “cruel hoax,” he said, this “folly” of “bungling and waste,” compared poorly to the “much less expensive” and “practical measures” favored by the Republicans.
“We must repeal,” the GOP leader argued. “The Republican Party is pledged to do this.”
That was Republican presidential nominee Alf Landon in a September 1936 campaign speech. He based his bid for the White House on repealing Social Security.
Bad call, Alf. Republicans lost that presidential election in a landslide. By the time they finally regained the White House — 16 years later — their nominee, Dwight Eisenhower, had abandoned the party’s repeal platform.
Did you read that, you Tea Party numbskulls?
No, I suppose not…too many syllables, I guess.
“Let’s face it, (Obama) failed in the effort to be the nonpolarizing president, the one who can use rationality and calm debate to bridge our traditional divides,” said Peter Beinart, a liberal essayist who is publishing a history of hubris in politics. “It turns out he’s our third highly polarizing president in a row. But for his liberal base, it confirms that they were right to believe in the guy — and they had their doubts.”
God, is Beinart an idiot (and as a liberal, I can assure you that, while I support Obama, he has left much to be desired also, particularly on this issue with the absence of a public option…no way for him to do everything, though, I admit – interesting stuff on Obama’s popularity here, by the way).
I have this question for Beinart, though; what else is Obama supposed to do when confronted by an opposition party closer to the lunatic fringe than reasonable adults?
If someone has a policy disagreement with health care reform, that’s one thing. But it’s typically ridiculous for Beinart to claim that Obama is as guilty as, say, those teabaggin’ numbskulls for the fractured state of our discourse, creating false equivalency yet again.
Or, as Brad De Long points out here concerning another moment of Beinart wankery…
Crossfires and Ross Perots won’t save us. Open primaries might. But the surest road to a better America would be to punish the Republican Party for gridlock: destroy it utterly, so that no politician for a thousand years will think that betraying his oath to serve the country to create pointless gridlock is the road to electoral success.
“Centrists” like Beinart who want a healthy politics need to punish the bad actors, and punish them severely–not enable them.
Which, of course, is the net effect of the whole “whining about partisanship” thing (I don’t like partisanship either, but I like concern trolling by Beinart and his band of centrist DLC-wannabe losers even less).
To support Holden’s challenger Sheila Dow Ford, click here.
The saga of health care reform is as close to political war as I have ever seen in my life (and it’s definitely not over, of course). And it’s time to punish those like Holden who turned tail and ran at the first sign of battle.