Republican Political Strategy
Straight from a spoiled 7 year old’s parental manipulation manifesto.
“Just say no!” To everything. Do it until you get everything you want. Say it as loudly and obnoxiously as possible. While at it, throw in bunches of political innuendo, apocalyptic rhetoric, fears about death panels, and refer to the President as the Anti-Christ Socialismo. Repeat ad nauseam. Never once even feign compromise. Be bulwark and intractable in your repudiation of anything other than mainstream Republican ideas and policy. In short, be a huge uncompromising dick. Violators be damned – literally.
This strategy makes (or will make) America nearly ungovernable. It thwarts any possibility for genuine negotiation and compromise. It emphatically shoves a fat log into the political turbines.
Is it politically immature and potential harmful to the general health and standing of the U.S.? Yeah, duh. But, as far as political strategies go, it’s ingenious. The GOP is holding out for total surrender, and it’s working – for better or worse.
Yglesias recaps the strategy nicely:
[The GOP has] an interesting theory that if you refuse to cooperate with efforts to make the country better, things won’t get better and the out-of-power party will benefit. The theory appears to be true.
The GOP. The party of spite. They will win despite because of their bitter spitefulness.
On a side note, although the picture may be a tad bit inappropriate, it was way too cool to pass up. It can be justified insofar as it accurately depicts the Republican mantra of strict obedience to party line. Right?