WP: “Republicans See Long-Term Victory in Defeat on Stimulus Plan”

According to the Washington Post, the Repubs are angling towards a long-term, more strategic game in Congress.  Really, as far as that goes, all you need to see is the title.  But if you read further into the article, it becomes interesting.  I’ve managed to confirm my suspicions- the Republicans see this as 1993, and all they have to do, in their minds, is be obstructionist and stick to Rush’s mantras.  And I may have said this before, but I don’t think that will work.

It’s almost as if the Republicans learned nothing when they got their asses handed to them in November.  They seem to think that the only reason people didn’t vote for them was because of El Jorge.  So they think that Democrats and people who voted for them in November will just take a nap now that El Jorge is back in Texas.  There’s a name for this.  It’s called wishful thinking.  As the article points out, the Republicans have lost ground almost everywhere except for the South, and the Democrats have the highest number of self-designated party IDs in over 25 years.  I don’t see this being 1993, because history does not really repeat itself.  The fact that the moderate Republican wing has been decimated in Congress means that most of the people left are the “Southern nut” wing.

Furthermore, I’m skeptical of this attitude that “we can get out of this hole by digging more”, when I see numbers like this (H/T Wonkette).  Given that many people obviously disapprove of the Republican handling of the stimpak, how can they possibly say, “W00t, we’re winning!”?  As Lewis Black once said, “I wonder, what kind of a drug could make one so delusional?”

Of course, those numbers are numbers for right now, and say nothing of how the Republicans will be perceived in the coming months.  As the article notes, it likely depends on how well the stimpak goes.  Well, we’ll see.  I just don’t think any of the backpatting among Repub leaders is the least bit justified.  Maybe I’m wrong, but again, we’ll see.

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4 Responses

  1. I wouldn’t trust anything that WaPo published; they’re almost as anti-American as the NY Times.

    Of course they ascribe purely political and partisan motive to the GOP members in the House and Senate. They (WaPo) would never say that these people just didn’t support a piece of legislation that went against every principle that they hold.

    Remember, if they believed in the appropriateness of this sort of spending, they’d be Democrats.

  2. Funny thing, I get the exact same thing from people on the far left, “Oh, the Washington Post is an evil neo-con dungeon!” OH TEH HUMANITIES!! I happen to think that no bias is fixed, and that it’s not very “American” to say that something or someone is anti-American. But thanks for stopping by anyway.

  3. I haven’t heard such claims from the Left – except for some devotees of the NY Times, which is even worse.

  4. Really, it’s more along the line of extremists at both ends of the spectrum moaning and groaning about how the media never favors them.

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