May 2, 2012 1 Comment
Last week, two D.C. thinkers wrote this op-ed for the Washington Post, excoriating the Republicans in what can only be described as putting steel wool on a brick and scrubbing the exposed eyeballs of your enemies.
It’s pure verbal artillery and various anthills in the blog navelverse are scrambling, responding and reforming. Check it out here at The Dish. One particularly pissed off blogger went so far as to call former senator Chuck Hagel a “fringe crank”. For the record, that was the last time I looked at the Republican Party as a possible party to vote for, when Chuck Hagel left public office. Fringe crank he isn’t.
*whistle of incoming artillery*
Today, thanks to the GOP, compromise has gone out the window in Washington. In the first two years of the Obama administration, nearly every presidential initiative met with vehement, rancorous and unanimous Republican opposition in the House and the Senate, followed by efforts to delegitimize the results and repeal the policies. The filibuster, once relegated to a handful of major national issues in a given Congress, became a routine weapon of obstruction, applied even to widely supported bills or presidential nominations. And Republicans in the Senate have abused the confirmation process to block any and every nominee to posts such as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, solely to keep laws that were legitimately enacted from being implemented.
Seriously. A must read.