Friday, August 06, 2010


After Obama was elected, the Republicans started a new mantra, exclaiming to all who would listen that "the US is a centre right country". This struck me as an odd thing for the losers of an election to claim, almost as if they were saying that, even though the voters had just rejected them, the Democrats really should govern as if the Republicans had just won.

And, for a while, Obama spoke of bipartisanship and tried to get the Republicans to engage with his administration and find a common way forward. But the party of No did what they always do and tried to block Obama every inch of the way.

However, all that is set to change as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has laid out his new vision of how a bipartisan compromise could be reached:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Thursday that he hopes that President Obama becomes a born-again moderate after the midterm elections and that a new, more balanced Congress brings with it some bipartisan comity.

But the Kentucky Republican made it very clear that any future bipartisanship needs to be defined by his ideological terms.

"What I hope we are going to have after November is more balance, more balance, which would give us the opportunity to do things together that simply were missing when you have this kind of disparity," McConnell said. "But, I'm not going to be very interested in doing things left of center. It is going to have to be center right. I think the president is a flexible man. I'm hoping he will become a born-again moderate."
Moderation, as far as McConnell is concerned is centre right as opposed to extreme right. And the party that lost the election imagines it is being perfectly reasonable by insisting that it's policies, which the public rejected, should be the only ones pursued by the Obama administration. That's what they mean when they talk of bipartisanship.

So when Republicans win we should see extreme right wing policies; and when they lose they will settle for centre right wing policies. But leftist policies are simply a no-no.

That's a very good example of why it is simply impossible to deal with the Republicans. Even when they lose they insist that everyone behave as if they won.

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