Lefty Blogger: GOP Opposition to Obama Isn’t Influenced By Anything Obama Does

Give American Prospect blogger Paul Waldman credit for recognizing that not every congressional Republican has the same chief reason to obstruct President Obama’s agenda. Some of the GOPers, Waldman noted in a Wednesday post, are politically motivated, while others “genuinely believe that Obama is an evil Kenyan Marxist tyrant trying to destroy America.”

Nonetheless, Waldman stated, both groups “arrive at the same place, whether through clear-eyed political calculation or wild-eyed hatred. And nothing—nothing—President Obama does or doesn't do makes a bit of difference,” given that “opposition is a Republican action, not a Republican reaction.” From Waldman’s post (emphasis added):


Isn't it long past the time when we were able to put aside the quaint notion that Republican actions are determined in any meaningful way by what Democrats do or don't do?

It isn't only journalists who have believed this; for some time; Democrats believed it, too. Many Democrats voted for Obama in the 2008 primaries because they were worried about the ferocious opposition Hillary Clinton would engender from the GOP. As they quickly found out, that opposition is a Republican action, not a Republican reaction…

On this subject, there are basically two kinds of Republicans. There are those who understand that maximal opposition will yield lots of political benefit for them, and there are those who genuinely believe that Obama is an evil Kenyan Marxist tyrant trying to destroy America. When it comes to things like how they react to the administration's policy initiatives, the distinction doesn't matter. They both arrive at the same place, whether through clear-eyed political calculation or wild-eyed hatred. And nothing—nothing—President Obama does or doesn't do makes a bit of difference…

If we know anything about the way today's Republicans react to this president, it's that nothing he does really matters. They're going to do what they're going to do. There will be gridlock and incivility if he does things they don't like, and there'll be gridlock and incivility if he does nothing at all. To think otherwise you have to ignore everything that's happened for the last five years.

Tom Johnson
Tom Johnson
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