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Monday, May 02, 2005

Big Republican victories in '06 & '08

A lot of Republicans are hopping mad at their elected officials for what they perceive as a lack of will to exercise their power in overcoming Democratic obstructionism in the Senate. We've been hearing exaltations like, "Republican Senators need to get a spine implant," as they allow Democrats to walk all over them over issues such as the vote for the president's judicial nominees and the vote to ratify John Bolton as ambassador to the UN and the stonewalling of Social Security reform.
But Stanley Kurtz has these observations over at The Corner. Scroll down over four entries. Here's a key segment;

The Democrats are trapped now. Their obstructionism is exposed, and the president stands to gain his rightful political reward when this problem finally gets fixed. I have never seen anything like the swift, massive, and unified Democratic effort to kill the presidentÂ’s Social Security plan. It put the far more divided and unenthusiastic Republicans to shame. Trouble is, for all that effort, the Democrats have been digging their own political grave.

In their glee, Democrats are hopeful that they're successfully making a lame duck out of W while they energize their base and gain back political momentum for their party. But the opposite is happening. More and more citizens are objectively looking at the charge of "obstructionism", finding it to be true.

I think this will translate into big wins in the next two election cycles.


  • At 10:51 PM, Blogger R-Five said…

    This may play out just as you say, but is this is a deliberate strategy? I think that gives the GOP leadership too much credit.

    But regardless, the Democrats have definitely overplayed their hand, now forced to offer compromises that concede their role as obstructionists.

  • At 12:21 PM, Blogger pinkmonkeybird said…

    " this is a deliberate strategy?"

    I think, to some degree, it is! The GOP is merely giving the Dems enough rope to hang themselves. Frist could have moved very quickly and decisively long ago. Instead, he's taking time for passions to cool...all with very little downside. Yes, the work that needs to be done is being delayed, but the end result will be, presumably, decisions made by the GOP majority.
    Then there will be a flurry of accomplishments that will pass unimpeded by obstructionism from the Dems. It will all be described to the voters in the next election cycles. And I don't think it's going to reflect well on Dems.

    Of course, none of this will pan out if the Republican majorities fail to accomplish their goals anyway.


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