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  •  well, duh, they're going to shut down the gubmint (2+ / 0-)
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    The Marti, VPofKarma

    it's what the GOP does when they're out of power: obstruct, obstruct, obstruct. And it works for them, too: more shit ends up sticking on the Dems than it does on them.

    Since the middle of Bill Clinton's first term, the House has only been under Democratic control for four years. Four years out of nearly 20! And it took six (and then eight) years of Bush's colossal fuckuppery for the Democrats to gain those four years. After two years of a Dem prez that majority vanished completely.

    The last time the GOP became more moderate was after losing three consecutive elections (FDR's first term, 1932-36). Since then, they've been moving steadily into batshit insane territory. Repeated, crushing defeat at the polls is the only thing that has ever made them move to the center. But Obama wasted no time letting them off the hook, so here we are.

    I know why the Democratic leadership insists on conciliating the GOP and believing that thinking magic happy bipartisan thoughts will make them more cooperative; it's the excuse they use to avoid having to do anything to fix this country's problems (which would anger their wealthy backers).

    What I don't understand is why much of the Democratic base still persists in thinking this. Maybe it's because it'd be too painful to admit that they were wrong to believe that "hope" and "change" would of themselves solve our problems. I certainly can't think of any other reason.

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 04:00:36 PM PDT

    •  Why we think magic happy bipartisan thoughts? (0+ / 0-)

      Because we used to know, or were raised by, good solid people that were Republicans.  My Dad was one, and I know if he were alive today, he'd be ashamed of what the GOP has done to themselves.

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