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  •  Legitimacy is at stake (3+ / 0-)
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    BroadwayBaby1, cocinero, smartalek

    I know the Republicans view the federal government as the enemy and more specifically, want to deny Obama any victory, no matter how small.

    But how will this affect legitimacy long-term?  I'm more partisan perhaps than most, but I can't be alone in wondering what will happen if the Republicans ever get into the White House.  It is going to be very hard for me to grant basic legitimacy to any GOP administration if they win through this sort of unrelenting obstruction and outright sabotage. I'll view them as the enemy, as illegitimate, as usurpers. And in a way, that's kind of sad.  I'm not a crank or an extremist, and the fact that probably many people feel this way too illustrates how incredibly unhealthy the political life of this country is.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 10:08:44 AM PDT

    •  And this (6+ / 0-)

      And this has changed how for the last 20+ years.  

      The only reason Bill Clinton was able to get anything done was he signed GOP bills.  And happily so.  Hell, he was proud of it.  

      I'm more partisan perhaps than most, but I can't be alone in wondering what will happen if the Republicans ever get into the White House.  
      You're far from alone.  For many of us, the only reason we voted for Obama in 2012 was the fear of a Akin/Mourdock driven presidency by the GOP.  

      Were our fears irrational?  Some say, yes.  

      I say Texas/Ohio/North Carolina etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.  

    •  George W.'s election proved that your presidency (1+ / 0-)
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      alice kleeman

      doesn't have to be considered legitimate for your administration to get whatever it wants.  All you need is being told your presidency is legitimate by the Supreme Court (if the election doesn't go your way) and a compliant congress.  

      It helps to have a few truckloads of money behind you provided by the special interests also interested in for-profit privatizing of government services and a voting constituency you've convinced that privatization is more "efficient" than government - but they're not absolutely necessary.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 12:44:36 PM PDT

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