Obama re-election not likely to ease GOP intransigence

Perhaps out of a forced sense of optimism, President Obama has predicted that if he wins re-election, Republicans in Congress will be more willing to work with him than they proved to be in his first term, when defeating him became their primary goal.

As he told the Associated Press:

“What I’m offering the American people is a balanced approach that the majority agrees with, including a lot of Republicans. And for me to be able to say to the Republicans, the election is over; you no longer need to be focused on trying to beat me; what you need to be focused on and what you should have been focused on from the start is how do we advance the American economy — I’m prepared to make a whole range of compromises, some of which I get criticized from the Democratic Party on, in order to make progress. But we’re going to need compromise on your side as well. And the days of viewing compromise as a dirty word need to be over because the American people are tired of it.

That’s, I think, a message that will resonate not with every Republican, but I think with a lot of fair-minded Republican legislators who probably feel somewhat discouraged about having served in one of the least productive Congresses in American history.”

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Nancy Pelosi, who happens to have a ground-level view of the situation, disagrees, insisting that her Republican colleagues will be just as obstinate as ever.

“I see this president sit for hours being very respectable, but trying to find a path where there could be agreement when there is [none],” Pelosi said. “‘Never. Does never work for you?’ That’s really what they’re saying to the president.”

Conservative pundit Ramesh Ponnuru, writing in Bloomsberg, agrees with Pelosi:

“If the president believes anything like this would happen in his second term, he is kidding himself. If Obama wins re-election, the Republican Party will react by moving right, not left. It will become less likely to compromise with Obama, not more….

Republicans, especially at the grassroots level, would react to Obama’s re-election by assuming that Romney failed because he was too moderate. That’s a very widespread view among Republicans about why Senator John McCain lost in 2008. During the primaries, many of Romney’s opponents argued that he would lose because he would fail to energize conservatives. This interpretation of 2008 is probably wrong, and it will probably be the wrong explanation for a Romney defeat, if it happens. It will nonetheless be an appealing theory for conservatives.”

Pelosi and Ponnuru are probably correct. Absent a major and unexpected swing in voter sentiment, I’m doubtful that most Republicans will be any more willing to compromise and act reasonably than they have been for the past four years. A cult that defines itself by its own intransigence will not surrender that identity easily.

Sure, a few of their more responsible members — perhaps including House Speaker John Boehner and senators such as Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson of Georgia — may be willing to cut a deal with the president on spending and revenue, but the success of the ongoing Great RINO Purge probably ensures that they will be too few in number and influence to make a difference.

In other words, this game of political chicken is likely to continue for as long as a largely apathetic and ill-informed American public is willing to tolerate it. I don’t see that changing soon.

– Jay Bookman

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Josef

September 5th, 2012
9:03 pm

Fred

I’ll let you handle it. If I did then I might have to read my drivel!!

Fading Obama Poster

September 5th, 2012
9:03 pm

“Meat, calculate the Jewish vote for Republicans in the past seven presidential elections!”

Past 8 is about 25%.

Union

September 5th, 2012
9:03 pm

Fred ™
September 5th, 2012
8:33 pm

“Well I’m stupid and naive”

:)

Fred ™

September 5th, 2012
9:04 pm

USMC

September 5th, 2012
9:02 pm

“For the record, dB was posting the word “asshat” before you arrived here.”

They learned that word on the Neal Boortz “Hate Talk” radio show. Drones.
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Nope Neal learned it from me as well.

Fred ™

September 5th, 2012
9:05 pm

Josef

September 5th, 2012
9:03 pm

Fred

I’ll let you handle it. If I did then I might have to read my drivel!!
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I’d love to but I’m not gay. I mean I could pretend but it wouldn’t be the same would it?

Midori

September 5th, 2012
9:06 pm

fresh sheets, guys and gals…

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

September 5th, 2012
9:06 pm

Fred

That is Komrade commie pinko liar, to you.

They BOTH suck

September 5th, 2012
9:06 pm

Fred ™

September 5th, 2012
9:07 pm

LOL Kam

Thanks Midori. Jay slipping us a Mickey is he?

Wilbur

September 5th, 2012
9:08 pm

Obama is making a bad situation permanent by increasing the amount of debt owed by the average tax payer about a hundred thousand dollars a year with a wasted failed stimulus, a misbegotten bail out of GM ( really a giant gift to the union and the shaft to the bondholders) a radical increase in regulation, the looming specter of Obamacare as a massive drag on jobs and investment, more class warfare rhetoric ( you didn’t build that!). The list goes on and on.

Fred ™

September 5th, 2012
9:08 pm

TBS: Nothing untowards here but I’ve obviously missed something. That’s the SECOND time tonight someone has played that song. Why? I mean I love the song, but when TWO people link it there is a connection and I missed it. Sometimes I’m just slow………..

Fred ™

September 5th, 2012
9:09 pm

Wilbur

September 5th, 2012
9:08 pm

Obama is making a bad situation permanent by increasing the amount of debt owed by the average tax payer about a hundred thousand dollars a year with a wasted failed stimulus, a misbegotten bail out of GM ( really a giant gift to the union and the shaft to the bondholders) a radical increase in regulation, the looming specter of Obamacare as a massive drag on jobs and investment, more class warfare rhetoric ( you didn’t build that!). The list goes on and on.
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Oh yes it does. There is no end to your talk radio BS list.

Have you ever, just once, tried thinking for yourself?

moonbat betty

September 5th, 2012
9:10 pm

“I have never even heard of any bigots, racists, misogynists or xenophobes in the GOP! ESPECIALLY in the Deep South! Much less seen direct proof of them!

Have any of you???”

Vet, I’ve been to almost every state in the US and I would say the South and Southeast United states are the least of what you have leveled.

We have worked, fought and played together for generations which some of you “yankees” can’t quite understand.

td

September 5th, 2012
9:13 pm

BREAKING NEWS:

After hours and hours of looking Sandra Fluke and Bill Clinton have been found at the convention center. It is reported that they looked a little frazzled and wrinkled but Sandra was in fine spirits while smoking a big fat cigar.

Josef

September 5th, 2012
9:15 pm

Who brought up Sons of Confederate Veterans?

FRED

Come out, come out, wherever you are! Then you can go over to Kyle’s and pretend you’ve been martyred…

OKAY fresh sheets so I’ll check it out and call it a night…

Doggone/GA

September 5th, 2012
9:15 pm

“Obama is making a bad situation permanent by increasing the amount of debt owed by the average tax payer ”

And he did it ALL by himself! Now that is POWER. And Congress be damned…right?

Jm

September 5th, 2012
9:18 pm

Soothsayer 8:57 plenty of things you don’t know about me

I have a 50 foot hinckley of course cause im a 1%er. Kidding

I don’t have a boat

I have access toa bunch of small racing boats through a club

I’ve raced lasers, cats, j-boats

I love sailing. Peaceful. And environmentally friendly.

Fading Obama Poster

September 5th, 2012
9:20 pm

“I have never even heard of any bigots, racists, misogynists or xenophobes in the GOP! ESPECIALLY in the Deep South! Much less seen direct proof of them! Have any of you???”

Glad you asked. Here’s the “proof”:

1) Chris Matthews Says “Chicago” Is Super-Secret GOP Racist Codeword
2) Actor Morgan Freeman calls tea party racist for its anger at President Barack Obama
3) John Rich Calls Clay Aiken’s GOP Tweet “Racist”
4) Wikipedia entry calls Mia Love ‘dirty, worthless whore’ and ‘House N****r’
5) MSNBC Panel Agrees: Republican’s Employ Racist Code To Mobilize ‘White Redemption 2.0′
6) Daily Beast’s Tomasky Calls 2012 RNC Convention Racist
7) Kansas City Star editorial columnist Lewis Diuguid wrote that by the GOP branding Obama a socialist claimed using the word was “an old code word for black.”
8) NYTimes: “McCain ad that likened Obama’s celebrity status to lightweight celebrities like Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, Obama suggested three times on Wednesday that the McCain campaign was trying to scare voters with racial appeals.”
9) Democratic congressman from Georgia John Lewis drew a rhetorical line connecting McCain to the white segregationist Alabama governor George Wallace and, through Wallace, to the 1963 church bombing in Birmingham that killed four girls.
10) The Associated Press claimed, “Even mentioning the association with Ayers, as Sarah Palin did in a speech earlier in the week, signifies a hidden ‘racial tinge’.”

And so on AD INFINITUM. Unfortunately, I don’t have a “decoder ring” so I am unable to discern all of this hidden racism on the part of the GOP.

What ever happened to someone falsely claiming another did something wrong (like a woman falsely accusing a man of rape) and then paying the consequences?

Fred ™

September 5th, 2012
9:24 pm

Josef

September 5th, 2012
9:15 pm

Who brought up Sons of Confederate Veterans?

FRED

Come out, come out, wherever you are! Then you can go over to Kyle’s and pretend you’ve been martyred…

OKAY fresh sheets so I’ll check it out and call it a night…
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LOL josef: If I were gay I’d be the biggest queen ever, you should know that. I don’t do things half way nor am I shy about being me.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

September 5th, 2012
9:25 pm

Dems. want bigger government ………… Repubs. want limited government.

Dems. want to spread the wealth ………..Repubs. want to create wealth.

Dems. want socialism/statism …………… Repubs. want Constitutionalism.

Dems. have to put God back in …………………. Repubs. never took Him out.

Our country has a bad wound:

Dems. want to put on a bandaid ………… Repubs. want stitches.

hsn

September 5th, 2012
9:25 pm

If the Dems had done to a Rethug President what the Rethugs did to Obama, they would be called unpatriotic and Anti-American everyday from right-wing talk radio and other various ugly konservative circles.

Today’s Rethugs in the Congress are turds !

Fading Obama Poster

September 5th, 2012
9:35 pm

New word:

Fasoring: falsely accusing someone of racism.

BADAss BING

September 5th, 2012
9:38 pm

2 Bill Clinton facts at the convention…….He will leave with lots of phone #s, and he won’t be wearing any pants behind the podium during his speech.

hsn

September 5th, 2012
9:41 pm

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

September 5th, 2012
9:47 pm

Drudgey !

“Bob Woodward book leaks… Developing…

Debt Deal Collapse Led to ‘Pure Fury’ From Obama…

Explosive mix of dysfunction, miscommunication, and misunderstandings…

Pelosi ‘reached over and pressed mute button on her phone’ as Obama talked… MORE”

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

September 5th, 2012
9:48 pm

Dem. Convention campaign buttons:

“Once You Vote Black, You’ll Never Go Back”

Wilbur

September 5th, 2012
9:54 pm

Rham Emmanuel, Obama’s chief advisor at the time is quoted by Bob Woodward as saying “F… the republicans, we have the votes”. Obama and is overwhelming majorities in both the house and senate must bear the responsiblliity for the disaster that was Obama’s first two years in office. He chose other priorities while jobs stayed on the back burner. Over and Over again the white house promised to “do a hard pivot toward jobs” but they are fundementally clueless on how to create actual jobs.
That’s what happens when college professors try to be president.

Wilbur

September 5th, 2012
9:57 pm

BTW, the head of the democrat party in Palm Beach was quoted tonight as saying that “Christians would like to slaughter jews”. Can the dems get any nuttier or less responsible.

Bet Jay or Obama won’t be saying much about civility in political discourse this week. Not with Nazi references running wild in the democrats.

It’s just sad and pathetic.

deegee

September 5th, 2012
10:21 pm

How do you get anywhere with people that insist that the problems with the country are all as a result of labor unions, Barney Frank, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?

Fashionette

September 5th, 2012
10:23 pm

“A cult that defines itself by its own intransigence will not surrender that identity easily.”

And when Romney/Ryan win in November, the likely outcome, you’ll see the Dem majority in the Senate hunker down and dig in for dear life.

The good news for America is that we’ll have divided government going forward. Who can ever forget the damage inflicted on the country during the six Bush years when the R’s controlled everything. Pray that never happens again.

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Joel Edge

September 6th, 2012
7:04 am

“A cult that defines itself by its own intransigence will not surrender that identity easily.”

Gee, Jay, I just don’t know why we don’t “compromise”.

Rickster

September 6th, 2012
9:30 am

Paul, I never said that the Senate had to submit a budget. After all, the Constitution requires all revenue bills originate in the House. But a budget has to be passed by both the House and the Senate and the President has to sign it.

Only the House has done its part.

A whisper in Medvedev's ear

September 7th, 2012
9:12 am

I will surely vote for Obama this election. I always wanted Russia to dictate our policies via proxy.

FInch

September 10th, 2012
11:36 am

I don’t understand why the media portrays either presidential candidate as someone who creates jobs. The president does not create jobs. He doesn’t even write the bills that go through Congress. Shouldn’t we be holding our “elected representatives” responsible for the recession? All spending starts in the House of Representatives. Shouldn’t we be looking at Georgia’s representatives in congress and replacing them for blowing up the budget? Make all congressional representatives State Employees with state pay and state benefits and start lowering the federal deficit – may only be by .001 percent, but it’s a start and puts these goobers back in touch with their constituents. Why should they escape any pains from the recession they brought on us?It’s an afront to all of us that no matter how poorly they perform, they still receive free health care and a salary of over $160,000.

Deep Space

September 11th, 2012
5:40 pm

Voting Is A Choice Between A Pink Dildo & A Purple Dildo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZAmfDWsRwA