Democrats run Congress and own the presidency, yet they still are not in charge, nor are they responsible for anything. There's a new Vast Right Wing Conspiracy that, somehow, makes Republicans still responsible, regardless of how few seats they hold in Congress. Don't believe me? Try this on for size.
Their clear and open intent is to do all they can, however they can, to sabotage the new administration (and the economy to boot). They want failure. Even now. Even after the last eight years. Even in a recession as steeply dangerous as this one. There are legitimate debates to be had; and then there is the cynicism and surrealism of total political war. We now should have even less doubt about what kind of people they are. And the mountain of partisan vitriol Obama will have to climb every day of the next four or eight years.
And that's from a supposed conservative, although Sully's sheep's clothing was pulled off a long time ago.
But do you notice what's at play here? If you don't think the porkapalooza bill will stimulate the economy, if you think this bill is too large or pork-laden, you now want failure.
This is all just the latest attempt by Democrats to disown their own actions. They had enough votes in the House without any Republicans. Then, in the Senate, they had the reliable RINOs to give them cover to call it "bipartisan." But that's not enough for them. Instead, we're treated to these arguments, where actual policy differences are discussed as merely political ploys and where disgust for politician's behavior is treated as lunacy.
That there's a new Vast Right Wing Conspiracy is gaining traction, since it's impossible for there to be genuine policy disagreements with Teh One, and it can't possibly be that Obama's theatrics and amateurish taunting gave Republicans more than enough reason to oppose the "stimulus" plan. The sad thing is, even as the press is actually discovering the long-range effects of the porkapalooza, we're still seeing stories tongue-licking the POTUS. Is it really "historic" when a president manages to get legislation passed when his own party is in power?
If there is a New Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, I'm all for it. Now I just need to know where to send my check.