1/26/2009

Nice Political Minority You Got There....

...I would hate for anything (worse) to happen to it.

Jennifer Rubin in today's WSJ has a great look at the general lack of graciousness on the part of the new President. Strange given that he was supposed to levitate above partisan rancor and bring healing to the land.
At a White House meeting he throws an elbow (”I won“) and chides them for supposedly following the dictates of radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. (The Beltway Republicans are not above the latter, by the way, but their objections to the “stimulus” plan are on sound policy grounds.) Anyone who gets in his way is just opposed to “change.”
Now why this surprises anyone is news to me. Remember, when Democrats stress that they are trying to accomplish something in a bi-partisan fashion, it really means that they want Republicans to support whatever the Democrats propose. You know as opposed to the concept of compromise....

And this is exactly what President Obama is trying to do.... strong arming the GOP into getting on board the O-train, if they know what is good for them. A direct reality check for the GOP as to whom is in charge. "If you want to get along and be part of the bi-partisan utopia, you should listen to me, not that Limbaugh fellow. Or else you could find the next few years pretty lonely, and you wouldn't want that would you?"

The big irony here is that for as long as I can remember, Rush Limbaugh has been pleading with Republicans in Washington to stop trying to get the Democrats and Press to like them, because it will never happen. And he was imploring this (unsuccessfully) in years when the GOP controlled the political apparatus.

Unfortunately, he may need to double his efforts with that message, as it looks like peer pressure to be popular on the Congressional playground is being ratcheted up by the new cool kid who just moved into town...