Looks like Ian was right way back in July 2009 when he wrote:
Republicans understand opposition politics: when you’re in the opposition, you don’t smile bipartisanly, you gnaw at the ankles of the ruling party. Nothing they do is right, everything they do is wrong. You talk about how their policies are going to fail, so that if they do, you are the opposition (Democrats did not understand this when in opposition).
As Greg Sargent notes today:
[P]eople have not connected GOP obstructionism with one of its most visible results: The prevention of the extended of unemployment benefits that a sizable majority says it wants.
Bottom line: The GOP tactics are working brilliantly in political terms. Dems are bearing the brunt of the blame for government dysfunction. I’m not sure it could be clearer than this.
Let that sink in for a moment: GOP offers nothing except obstruction and complaint that the Federal Government isn’t working. What remedy did Ian propose? Simple: make the Federal Government work for the people. Good policy outcomes equal good politics.
Instead the Democrats voted for a health care reform that won’t take effect until 2014. That’s weak beer and the Democrats will pay.
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