Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Now They Tell Us

From DHinMI's DailyKos post:

So, Boren and the other losers waited until now to start preaching bipartisanship?

Yeah. I don't recall any of these folks demanding a bipartisan cabinet when W was elected or re-elected.

[Boren's] correct that during the Cold War the parties worked much more closely and cooperatively on national security issues. But after the Cold War, Lee Atwater and Newt Gingrich unleashed a scorched-earth politics, and Karl Rove refined it to the point that former Georgia Democrat Max Cleland's support of union rights for federal employees to be brought under the umbrella of the new Department of Homeland Security was used by the Republican party to run ads linking Cleland with Osama bin Laden. The Republican party no longer accepts opposition as American; for them, domestic opponents can and are demonized as anti-American.


To accomplish anything, the next Democratic administration and Congress won't have to work with the Republicans, they will have to prevail over them. To prevail will require people with backbone. We need people who recognize that it was Newt Gingrich, Bill Kristol and the Republican party that purposively blocked any attempt at health care reform in 1993 and 1994. It was the Republican party that unanimously opposed Bill Clinton's 1993 budget, which led to the balanced budgets of the late 1990's. It was the Republican party that attacked the foundations of the New Deal and precipitated the government shutdown in 1995. It was the Republican party that in 1998 impeached Bill Clinton, ostensibly because of a blowjob.

I don't recall hearing anything from this crowd when the Project for a New American Century was busy penning its screeds and especially in the lead up to the Iraq war and occupation when anything less than full-throated "support" for "liberating" Iraq was grounds for purging American universities from all dissenters and herding all us liberals into concentration camps. The difference now, obviously, is the Old Guard is spooked that the failed regime is about to be repudiated.

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