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The GOP is Counting on You To Blame Gridlock on “Congress”

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Roadblock RepublicansRepublicans know how easy jokes about Congress are to make. It’s even less popular than lawyers! Plus, Republicans know jokes about “Congress” go over better in mixed company – no better way to turn half a crowd against you than by pointing out that Congressional Republicans are obstructionist, am I right, Mark Warner?

That’s why roadblock Republicanism works so well – the GOP can create gridlock, count on the media to falsely blame “both sides”, then watch anger at “Washington” & “Congress” fuel its destructive, cynical political agenda (current top item: holding America’s economy hostage in hopes of defeating President Obama in 2012). The whole Republican brand is built around hatred for government. Not desire to improve it – desire to destroy it. As longtime GOP Congressional staffer Mike Lofgren said:

A couple of years ago, a Republican committee staff director told me candidly (and proudly) what the method was to all this obstruction and disruption. Should Republicans succeed in obstructing the Senate from doing its job, it would further lower Congress’s generic favorability rating among the American people. By sabotaging the reputation of an institution of government, the party that is programmatically against government would come out the relative winner…. Undermining Americans’ belief in their own institutions of self-government remains a prime GOP electoral strategy.

And look how well it’s working – approval ratings for Congress sit around 12%, while Republicans are at 41% on the generic Congressional ballot.

Congressional Republicans are like The Emperor in Return of the Jedi. Hatred only makes them grow stronger. Remember, Luke didn’t do anything to destroy the second Death Star except keep The Emperor & Darth Vader occupied. It was the people he’d organized with who took down the shield generator & destroyed the main reactor.  

  • …as do even a few “Democrats.” Ugh.

  • glennbear

    The GOP stealth campaign to fire up voters about a broken congress worked really well in 2010 when the Dems had the majority and the “get rid of all incumbents” drumbeat enabled the Tea Party loons to get elected and the GOP gained the house.

  • “The Supercommittee’s failure to act was disappointing yet predictable. I voted against its creation because the legislation through which it was enacted contained major cuts to discretionary spending with no corresponding increases in revenues – a so-called “Supercommittee” was little more than a platform for political posturing.

    “The failure of the Supercommittee is a result of the polarization of today’s politics. We who were in Congress in the 1990’s balanced the budget through the regular legislative process. Our work created three straight years of surpluses and we were on track to eliminate the entire amount of public indebtedness by 2013.

    Unfortunately, the Republican Party never had any intentions of reaching a compromise for fear that a Supercommittee agreement may lead to a success for President Obama. The members are no longer able, or even encouraged, to reach compromise because they must adhere to an anti-tax pledge pushed by an extreme wing of the party.

    “I am hopeful a balanced package can be agreed upon that reverses the coming sequester. But given the gridlock in Congress, I’m greatly concerned such a deal will be at best, very difficult to achieve, and at worst, out of reach.”

  • Teddy Goodson

    The sad truth is that today’s form of “mature” capitalism is fundamentally against the democratic form of government. At its heart, it is authoritarian. Since the Reagan era, we have encouraged unbridled corporate feudalism to run rampant. Corporate leaders are generally using the Republican Party as their lackey—- this means that we have let the barbarians inside the gates when we install Republicans in positions of political power. It is not unreasonable to say that the Republican Party is like Franco’s fifth column inside the city that will betray the very government they seek to control.

    Congress is not broken. It is not inherently dysfunction. There is nothing wrong with the system of representative democracy that would not be cured by throwing every Republican out of office.