As Democrats pass health care reform without a single Republican
vote, the GOP strategy of being the "party of no" may be in trouble.
Republicans have worked hard to obstruct the Democratic majorities
under President Obama, and they have indeed succeeded in thwarting a great deal. But is the tactic still working? Or might it be time
- The Unintended Consequence of 'Unified No' Liberal blogger John Quiggin points out
that when the only GOP idea is "no," it eliminates intra-party
diversity of opinion and exchange of ideas. The result? "The
Republicans have become the Party of No in another sense. Having been
the party of initiative since the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980,
they are back to their more accustomed role as the party of reaction."
- Why Health Care Obstructionism Can't Work The New York Times' Adam Nagourney explains
that Republicans face "crosscurrents" in whether to continue
obstructing in the name of opposing health care reform. On the one
hand, the reform bill overall is unpopular. But on the other, its most
popular provisions go into effect immediately, while the contentious
cost-control measures do not go into effect for years. "Republicans
also face the question of what happens if the health care bill does not
create the cataclysm that they warned of during the many months of
debate." It would not look good.
- Conservative Dems Aid GOP Obstruction The Washington Post's Ezra Klein says
right-leaning Democrats made the Republican strategy possible. "As it
turned out, conservative Democrats were willing to do a lot of the
Republicans' policy work for them: They removed the public option and
cut down the subsidies and killed the employer mandate. And the
administration began with a proposal that was broadly centrist anyway.
So though Republicans convinced themselves they hated this bill, most
of their specific concerns were addressed." He sighs, "I doubt you'll
see much cooperation on issue so long the odds remain on the side of
obstructionism and inaction."
- Will Media Call Them Out? Liberal blogger John Cole,
reacting to Sen. John McCain's pledge of unified opposition, makes the
liberal blogger rallying cry: the media is accountable. "Oh no! Not
obstructionism! They wouldn’t dare try that! What is amazing is that a
Senator is openly saying '**** the nation’s business, we’re a bunch of
kids,' and no one in the media will point out how worthless and
childish the Republicans are. Even worse, no one is even surprised."
- We Should Embrace 'Party of No' So advises conservative blogger Erick Erickson,
pushing fellow Republicans to repeal health care. "So fearful of being
labeled the 'Party of No', the Senate Republicans cannot bring
themselves to give a full throated defense of the proposition that this
monstrosity should be repealed. They will instead go with nibbling at
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