From TPM Livewire
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said on CNN's State of the Union that Obama
has thrown "fuel on the fire at a time when the civil, when the debate
about politics is a very angry debate to begin with."
"What this is going to do is cause the election of a lot more
Republican Scott Browns in November who are determined to come in and
provide some checks and balances in Washington to stop the overreaching
of the government," he addedIt would be impossible, or nearly so, for things to get much worse in the US Senate with the GOP obstructing about every thing that moves. It is the modus operandi and low brow political tactics of the party of personal responsibility. Fist make impossible for Obama to effectively run the government with record holds on various appointees, then when Obama has no choice but to make emergency recess appointments in key government agency positions, the right wing cries foul and that Obama is poisoning a well of comity that does not exist thanks to GOP obstruction. And if he doesn't fill these critical positions, it opens him up to GOP charges of incompetence and mismanagement when agencies fall short of their mandates to congress. It is abut the most cynical and depraved method of politicking and with a clueless or amiable media, it seems to be working, for now.
Some of this type of sparing is normal for political posturing in the senate done by both parties when a president of the other party holds the White House. But the republicans under Obama have taken it to an entirely different level with not only appointment holds, but record filibusters and other parliamentary trickery. It borders on sedition toward fostering failure of the government to function.
And HCR is just the most recent claim that Obama is governing like some kind of Marxist Dictator, when the only thing he is guilty of is passing laws well within the rules that the GOP doesn't like. Or, a duly elected government with democrats given a huge majority to govern, which they have done well within Obama's campaign promise to reform health care. With the truth being, the HCR bill that passed was much more conservative than liberal, with many provisions inserted by republicans.
And now we get, after all the lies and distortions the GOP has put out on HCR, charges of democrats passing laws that are not wanted by the public, a public that is so thoroughly confused from the lies and distortions from the right, based on mostly a single pollster called Rasmussen, a known GOP polling outfit.