Republican obstruction – A history lesson

Recently, a friend of mine, threw up her hands over the dysfunction in Washington. I told her it was by design. The GOP wants you to be frustrated and mad. When you are pumped up with emotion, you can’t think straight. This is exactly what they want. Then I got the retort of those who really don’t follow politics – both sides do it. They are all the same. Nope. No. They aren’t.

From Washington Monthly:

For the record, here’s a little walk down memory lane of Republicans talking publicly about their strategy for obstruction:

1993Bill Kristol writes a memo outlining a strategy for Republicans on President Clinton’s health care reform proposal.

Faced with forceful objections in the past, the [Clinton] Administration has generally preferred to bargain and compromise with Congress so as to achieve any victory it can. But health care is not, in fact, just another Clinton domestic policy. And the conventional political strategies Republicans have used in the past are inadequate to the task of defeating the Clinton plan outright. That must be our goal…

Simple, green-eyeshades criticism of the plan…is fine so far as it goes. But in the current climate, such opposition only wins concessions, not surrender…

Any Republican urge to negotiate a “least bad” compromise with the Democrats, and thereby gain momentary public credit for helping the president “do something” about health care, should also be resisted.

2003Governor Deval Patrick recalls Grover Norquist’s comments on plans for a “permanent Republican majority.” Continue reading