The Pattern Continues.......So, the Republicans have never been made to pay a political price for their scheming to undercut sitting Democratic presidents -- and to grease the GOP’s route back to power. Whenever a Democrat is in the White House, the Republicans believe they are free do whatever they want to block him from solving national problems, making him look weak and ineffectual.
That was true of Johnson, Carter, Clinton and now Obama.
This GOP strategy is pursued even if it tarnishes the international image of the United States or if it undermines national security, even if it means more than 20,000 additional U.S. soldiers dying in Vietnam, or 52 American hostages facing longer captivity in Iran, or the likes of Timothy McVeigh feeling empowered to blow up a federal building.
The strategy continues even if it raises the current threat level against President Obama and Democratic lawmakers. The strategy continues because it works......
The same two elements – tearing down a Democratic president and creating a sense of political havoc – are again at the center of Republican strategy, except that today the GOP is even better placed to carry out a repeat than the party was in 1994. Then, there was no Fox News dominating the cable TV ratings and the right-wing media was far less developed than it is today.....
In this analysis, the Republicans believe they can reclaim the lucrative levers of national authority by making the country as ungovernable as possible while a Democrat is in the White House, essentially holding governance hostage until they are restored to power. Then, the Democrats are expected to behave as a docile opposition “for the good of the country” (and usually do).
Yeah. It's like watching a tug-of-war with only one "side" pulling.
According to this report, the Reagan-era CIA laid the groundwork for the deployment of the Clinton and now Obama-era strategy of disruption. The author speculates that this strategy dates back to Nixon at the earliest. When the Rethugs aren't in charge of the administration, they engage in a strategy of "ungovernability" on all levels, from far-right Tea Party nonsense to refusing to vote for their own bills in Congress (e.g., Mitt Romney's healthcare plan). So, is this the big reveal? Does this explain it all? The Republican gameplan is, when out of power, to cause as much disruption as possible so that policy can only be enacted on their watch, via foundation money and agitprop info-war. Meanwhile, the Democrats are forced rightwards in a fruitless attempt to enact needed policy reforms and admin. restructuring.
I'm not sure of the reliability of the source, but when you consider this in line with the speculation that the Dumocrats have moved rightwards in order to capture the Repugnantcan voters, and force the Repubs. to rely increasingly on their mouth-breathing racist "core," well, a picture emerges. But it also emerges that Dems have looked away for four decades now, even when they have ample evidence not just of hanky panky but extra-state action--i.e., treason--on part of out-of-power Republicans.