Friday, April 27, 2012

Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem. - The Washington Post

Tom Mann and Norman Ornstein are Republicans of the old school: fiscal conservatives, social moderates.  Like George W. Bush speech writer David Frum, they have reached their limitand are ready to say: 
Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem. - The Washington Post:
by Tom Mann and Norman Ornstein

Rep. Allen West, a Florida Republican, was recently captured on video asserting that there are “78 to 81” Democrats in Congress who are members of the Communist Party. Of course, it’s not unusual for some renegade lawmaker from either side of the aisle to say something outrageous. What made West’s comment — right out of the McCarthyite playbook of the 1950s — so striking was the almost complete lack of condemnation from Republican congressional leaders or other major party figures, including the remaining presidential candidates.It’s not that the GOP leadership agrees with West; it is that such extreme remarks and views are now taken for granted....
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. 

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