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Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in 2012 Elections, Economy, Featured, Politics, USA Presidential Election 2012 | 9 comments

The Blame Obama Era Is Starting to End

keep-calm-the-end-is-near-37For Republicans with brains, the handwriting is clear. Five years of bashing the President on everything have left the GOP in opinion poll hell, and their frontrunner for the White House in ’16 is Chris Christie, no Tea Party icon.

Little surprise, then, that the disloyal opposition is in rebranding mode: Paul Ryan makes a budget deal with Democrats and edges toward other accommodations while John Boehner shows up with a kind word for extending unemployment benefits.

Even the whooping over the Obamacare muddle is receding, leaving it to the diehards like Rand Paul to grumble about local sign-up difficulties.

While it’s much too early to certify a trend, opportunities for actual governing in Washington seem to be opening up.

The burden now will be on the President to seize the moment.


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  • dduck

    “The burden now will be on the President to seize the moment.”
    How, pray tell, since Obama is not a seizure type? Indeed, some say he is a follower type.

  • The_Ohioan

    If you think the bashing will subside, I’ve got yet another bridge to sell you. The animus the TP in particular, and many Republicans in general, feel will last forever – witness Ronald Reagan. For different reasons, of course.

    See: Full Definition of SNIPE

    1: to shoot at exposed individuals (as of an enemy’s forces) from a usually concealed point of vantage

    2: to aim a carping or snide attack

  • slamfu

    I am not sure how a President is going to seize the moment from a GOP that STILL wouldn’t pass a bill that agrees the sky is blue, just because the bashing is over, which I think is highly suspect and daring in its optimism.

  • Willwright

    I think Robert is on the right track, the thinkers are thinking about the 2014 elections and realize they need to change the message, the one they’ve been have using for the last five years is a sure loser with anybody except the far right. Whether or not this means they will be more cooperative with the President beyond just words remains to be seen. What happens on the debt ceiling may give a good indication. It looks like the saner members of the GOP are working to head-off another manufactured crisis knowing that it won’t play well with most voters.

  • JSpencer

    For Republicans with brains, the handwriting is clear.

    The handwriting has been clear for a very long time, why would this moment be any different? I’d love to believe the GOP is ready to turn over a new leaf, but I think it’s going to take crashing and burning as a party before that happens.

  • sheknows

    I agree with T_O. Apparently the author is trying his own hand at rebranding the GOP, and it falls short. For anyone with any brains, the handwriting is obvious.
    Any efforts by the GOP to APPEAR cooperative are solely for the benefit of votes. They know the public wants more cooperation and that the lowest rating for congress in recorded history is due solely to their behaving badly.

    We will se a lot of empty gestures and lip service, but wait until the issues come to vote, that is where true colors are revealed.

  • JSpencer

    What SK said. The GOP needs more than a makeover, they need systemic change. In defense of RS, I think he is indulging in a bit of wishful thinking. If only…

  • ShannonLeee

    Umm… Reps are still bashing Carter and Dems are still bashing Reagan.
    The bashing will never stop.

  • petew

    I agree with sheKnows and shannonLeee,

    Popular Conservative values have become too ingrained in the Republican psyche to ever really be about sincere change. More likely, they will continue to go through the motions in order to satisfy a farce, just for the sake of getting votes.

    It’s also very true that politicians on both side are not done bashing any candidates or politicians throughout history, especially those they strongly disagree with. From FDR, to Kennedy, to Nixon, to HW Bush GW Bush, to Clinton and continually in the future whenever and wherever pundits discuss Obama’s Presidency.

    Sometimes the policies of former politicians educate and assist us, and on other occasions, just succeed in exacerbating our discord. Everyday in every way, the beat goes on,on,on,on,on,…etc. We will never tire of comparing the past to the present for any number of ideologically and/or self-serving reasons!

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