James Joyner complains about the nasty turn of American politics:
The links between Obama and former Weatherman William Ayers were tenuous and decades removed from whatever radicalism Ayers might have engaged in—but there was at least a veneer of truth in the smear. And the Swift Boat idiots were a fringe group; they weren’t run by a former Bush spokesman. Now, though, we’ve got the Obama administration signing off on an ad insinuating that Mitt Romney killed a woman and the vice president refusing to back away from the suggestion that Romney wants to put black people back in chains. So, yeah, I’d say it’s worse than four or eight years ago.
quoting liberally from a six year old post of his complaining about the nasty turn of American politics. He goes on to lay most of the blame for the present sad state of affairs at the feet of Congressional Republicans:
As bad as Bush Derangement Syndrome was, though, Obama Derangement Syndrome is much worse. While Democrats were bitter over the way Bush won in 2000 and some even charged that 2004 was stolen, too, there was at least no question that Bush was an American citizen.
As bad as Harry Reid was in opposition, the Republicans are even worse now. While Reid and company did their best to deny Bush controversial appointments, McConnell and company took it up several notches, baldly declaring that their top legislative priority was keeping Obama from getting re-elected. Not just in the election year, mind you—but for Obama’s whole term. Oh, and the country just happened to be in the worst economic crisis in generations.
for which he is duly taken to task by his commentariat for failing to blame the Congressional Republicans for everything from the state of the economy to the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby and enter a nunnery to repent for his sins.
I don’t care who started it. Other than as a historical footnote useful in examining how we arrived at the point at which we have, it’s completely uninteresting to me. Trying to figure out who shot John is childish. It isn’t working. It isn’t moving the ball forward.
Of the following alternatives:
- The Congressional Republicans, Congressional Democrats, President Obama and his surrogates are working well with each other.
- The Congressional Democrats and President Obama are vile and obstructionist and there’s nothing the Congressional Republicans can do to work with them.
- The Congressional Republicans are vile and obstructionist and there’s nothing the Congressional Democrats or the President can do to work with them.
- The Congressional Republicans are obstructionist and the Congressional Democrats and President Obama have done Sweet Fanny Adams to encourage them to do anything else.
which do think most accurately describes the status quo? If you have an alternative that can be expressed succinctly, in twenty-five words or less, propose it. If I like it, I’ll add it to the list.
I think we’re at “D”.
I interpret the Constitution as placing greater onus on the president to cooperate with the Congress than vice versa. If you think something else, please state your case with evidence and citations.