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Why do Republicans Desperately need President Obama
and the Democratically controlled Congress to fail?

Sean Lewis
February 22, 2009

President Obama has been President for barely
a month.

He is facing a Crisis equal if not greater that the
Crisis Bush faced after 9/11.

After 9/11 the country unified behind President Bush
and gave him almost unanimous support to deal
with the crisis. It was about country first, not party.

Yet even BEFORE President Obama took office
Republicans, their surrogates and the press have
ridiculed and second guessed EVERYTHING
President Obama has done.

President Obama has asked for input from all corners because
he NEEDS the help of ALL AMERICANS to deal with
this crisis the same way ALL AMERICANS rallied behind
President Bush on 9/11.

Republicans instead of offering their advice and then understanding
that they DO NOT HAVE THE FINAL SAY on what Obama
decides and backing him in a unified effort to deal with the
economic problems are instead ridiculing every decision and
proclaiming failure before the ink is even dry on the BILLS leaving

The Country is facing multiple crisis of which any one could
create disaster for America and Americans. Yet the Republicans
seem hell bent on being obstructionists, and adding to the chaos.


Because the simple fact is that if Obama and the Democratic
lead Congress fixes the many problems left behind by the
Republican controlled Congress and Republican Administration
it will CONFIRM and VALIDATE that the Republicans were
irresponsible and incompetent during the years they had Majority
Control in the Government.

Republicans are not thinking about the Country or American
people first, they are thinking about the REPUBLICAN party

The American people said 'we want change' and that change was
to let the Democrats run things. That Republicans no longer get
to demand it is 'their way or the highway', yet this is
still how they are governing.

The Republicans use the guise of they are the Minority party
and their job is to oppose the Democrats. The problem is the
Country is on the brink of a monumental collapse and this is
a time for cooperation, NOT opposition. So why do it?

Because for the Republican Party to be of consequence again
in the future, the Republican party needs the President and the
Democratic controlled Congress to fail. If the Democrats do fail,
then the Republicans can say " see this wasn't our fault NO ONE
could have prevented this from happening.

However if President Obama and the Democratically controlled Congress
succeeds, it only emphasises that not only did the Republicans not
acknowledge the crisis as they arose but even after they finally admitted
the problem they did nothing to remedy the problem either through
ignorance or incompetence.

So do not be fooled by the insincere arguments that Republicans
are trying to be bipartisan and want to help. They have an agenda,
and that agenda is for the failure of the Democrats, even if it destroys
the Country in the process.

Originally posted to Liberal Reality Check on Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 03:46 AM PST.



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Comment Preferences

  •  Tips (16+ / 0-)

    This is MY opinion, no one elses.

    I am already known as VirtualTruth, times have changed and so has my cause. The Far left can not become the new radical far right

    by Liberal Reality Check on Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 03:47:44 AM PST

  •  Because they have no suitable "leeder" (5+ / 0-)

    They bought Shrub a pig farm, a chainsaw and a pickemuptruck, tried to make him St. Ronnie II, and failed.

    All their leaders are distrusted by the various wings.

    And the only one who spoke some truthiness was Ron Paul, their version of Wellstone.

    I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.

    by bamabikeguy on Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 03:53:18 AM PST

  •  yup (5+ / 0-)

    The Republicans are trying to turn into fiscal conservatives, they are sticking to their guns when it comes to tax cuts, and when the social issues come up they will more than likely be what they have always been socially conservative.

    The Republicans do not believe they need to change, they are convinced their way is the right way, and if Obama fails, like you said, this validates them. It doesn't but that will be their argument.

    Obama needs to shoot for the moon on every bill, he needs to make sure what laws he gets passed are implemented in a very efficient manor.

    This is the toughest job anyone can have right now, because every mistake is going to be a talking point in the next election, and the mess we are dealing with is unprecedented.

    We on a grassroots level can help by supporting bills will believe. We can be vocal with our support.

    a tent can only be so big before it starts to sag at the seams.

    by jbou on Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 03:56:25 AM PST

  •  In a word they want.... (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Big Nit Attack, pico


    Societies are judged by the way they treat their prisoners -- Winston Churchill

    by gnikrnov on Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 04:01:59 AM PST

  •  understandable (4+ / 0-)

    If Obama succeeds they are done as a party, the dems may even gain in the south.It is about self-preservation, if the democrats do a good job the republican party will be shown for the fraud they are.
    What they have going for them is by the nov  2010 election the economy won`t be fixed but by 2012 things should be a lot better and Obama should cruise to re-election.
    I say pray for Palin to be the gop in nominee in 2012!

  •  It is all about power (3+ / 0-)

    For them and the America they perceive.

    That is why we have elections.

    We are in a period where Republicans true reasoning and antipathy towards ideas other than their own are being given complete sunshine.

    Let's see how that works as we go into the 2010 Election.

    If we work as smart and as hard as we did in 2008 we likely will gain in both Houses.

    Just 15-20 more Congress members and 3-4 Senators virtually eliminate Republicans from the Federal equation.

    That is very possible, give Republicans plenty of airtime to explain how they have done it better.

    "A functioning Democracy must defy economic interests of the elites on behalf of citizens" Christopher Hedges Econ 3.50&Soc. 5.79

    by wmc418 on Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 04:16:37 AM PST

  •  A certain story about a scorpion and a frog (5+ / 0-)

    comes to mind.

    •  Tell it! (0+ / 0-)

      I don't know that one.

      Watch this space. Something brilliant will come to me soon, I'm sure.

      by tresgatos on Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 08:19:30 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Really? (2+ / 0-)
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        LynneK, tresgatos

        I thought it was old, but OK, here goes:

        A scorpion comes to a river bank, and needs to get across the river.  He sees a frog and asks the frog if he'll take him across.  The frog says "But you're a scorpion.  You'll sting me, and I'll drown."  The scorpion says "Why would I sting you?  If I did that, we'd both drown."

        The frog says OK, and the scorpion hops on the frog's back.  Halfway across the river, the scorpion stings the frog.  As he is about to go under, the frog says "Why did you do that?  Now we're both going to drown."  The scorpion says "I'm sorry, but it's my nature."

        It's the Republicans nature to want Obama to fail.  It doesn't matter that it would also be bad for the country.

  •  D'uh!!! (2+ / 0-)
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    Big Nit Attack, JFinNe

    We've had a massive transition, both in political and generational terms.  A voter once affiliated with a party, rarely changes.  A successful Obama administration, contrasted with a terrible Bush administration will lock in the 14-25 year old voters essentially for LIFE.

    Which means baring a really bad Democratic President in the near future, decades of Democratic rule.

  •  It's kinda like with W (4+ / 0-)

    I presume you opposed W and his policies. I'm sure you didn't "want" him to fail; more like you expected he would fail the more he went down a certain road (torture, endless war, generational theft, putting the financial foxes in charge of the henhouse, etc. ad nauseum).

    I didn't want W to fail, I simply knew he would.


    History. Morality. Human nature.

    I don't want Obama to fail, but I see worrysome signs.

    1. "Surging" in Afghanistan, with expansion of the war in Pakistan.
    1. Not enough infrastructure spending (science, alternative energy, etc.) in the stimulus.
    1. Putting Larry Summers and Geithner in charge of the Economy. They actually were key players in the destruction of the economy. Arsonists in charge of the fire hose? Not smart.

    I don't want Obama to fail.But if he surrounds himself with the wrong people, and chooses poorly...

    He will.

    The right has its own views, chief of them is that socialism doesn't work. Well, most societies on earth are socialistic to one degree or another. America has been socialist for almost 80 years. In that time we went from being just a regional power to the only superpower, we defeated the samurai, the Red Army and the Nazis, and helped to euthanize the British Empire. We put the first man on the moon, sequenced the human genome, built the internet, and now our scientists' robots are cavorting throughout the solar system. All under socialism.

    But socialism can be done wrong; especially when you ignore moral hazard and reduce the incentive to be a top producer.

    So you can touch off another 2 Minute Hate of the "enemy". But I won't join you.

    Let the mega banks fail, restore depositors, and watch smaller, regional banks flourish! NO BAD BANK! (for the love of God, Barack, it's not that hard!)

    by Paul Goodman on Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 04:48:44 AM PST

    •  You made some good points (1+ / 0-)
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      I read them and some I agree with.

      Thoughtful comment with insight.

      This is how it should be, it is however
      not how it is. It is one thing to give constructive input. It is another to be destructive and a obstructionists.

      I am already known as VirtualTruth, times have changed and so has my cause. The Far left can not become the new radical far right

      by Liberal Reality Check on Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 05:04:48 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  The latest poll (yesterday #s) (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Big Nit Attack, LynneK

    show the majority of Republicans are backing Obama and the Democrats in Congress, so it is not quite accurate to lump all the Republicans together and make such a judgement.  Certainly, the most visible and vocal, such as Boehner, Kyl, Cantor, are being obstructionists, but I think they are in the minority country wide.  

    In truth, the obstructionists would want any Democratic president to fail, regardless of whom s/he might be.  Those people just do not like to cede power, to anyone.

    "Man's life's a vapor Full of woe. He cuts a caper, Down he goes. Down de down de down he goes.

    by JFinNe on Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 04:50:20 AM PST

  •  You raise a good point (5+ / 0-)

    Can you imagine if a liberal talker made this quote concerning GW Bush on September 12th?

    They sent around invitations to write Op Eds, asking you know, what did we think, how do we think President Bush can capture al Qaeda and do it in 400 words.  I don't need 400 words, I only need 4!  I.  Hope.  Bush.  Fails!"


    "(Our) stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand."

    by Detroit Mark on Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 05:01:05 AM PST

    •  Remember "Mission Accomplished"? (1+ / 0-)
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      Jon Says

      The truth of the matter on this one was that the image of a President landing a fighter jet on a carrier flight deck with all of the fawning press that came with it, was just too dangerous for Democrats.  (Keep in mind, at this point in time, all of Bush's failures had yet to manifest themselves). Democrats knew they had only one option: Destroy Bush, or face the real possibility of minority status forever.

      And that is what they set out to do. Make Bush a failure.

      Bottom line: Everyone does it, let us not pretend otherwise.

      "And so, my fellow Americans: Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country." -JFK

      by RyanBTC on Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 06:59:07 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Bull. Shit. And false, facile bullshit at that. (5+ / 0-)

        The Democrats didn't set out to destroy Bush at all, so you can just throw that bag of lies out with the chicken bones, skippy.  In fact the Dems as a group capitulated to Bush and his cronies in just about every single instance they could.  

        BUSH AND THE REST OF THE REPUBLICANS destroyed Bush, with overweening arrogance and ideological bubble-sequestration from the problems and concerns of everyday Americans.  They made awful choice after awful choice and they never listened to the opinions of the American people.  

        It started right after the 2004 election: Bush swaggeringly announced that he was going to spend some of the "political capital" that his electoral "mandate" had given him on Social Security "reform."  It's a truism that one does not fuck around with Social Security; it's the "third rail" of Am,erican politics.  But the Dubster thought such things didn't apply to him, perhaps because of his delusion that God spoke to him.  As an aside, we see now the true enormity of how much a disaster that giving over portions of Social Security to the fucking Wall Street carrion crows would have been.

        Their hubris continued with Terry Schiavo; even when 70% of Americans felt that the government had absolutely no business being involved in the situation, they stuck their noses in again and again, against all logic and against all law.

        Then came Katrina.  Nuff said about that.

        Iraq had gone south badly.

        They came out publicly in favor of torture, while bald-faced lying that we don't do such things.

        They were unerring marksmen ... when the target was their own goddamned feet (and those of the rest of America, by the way).

        All of this added up top their electoral defeat in 2006, and eventually the drubbing they took in 2008.

        We didn't destroy Bush and the Republicans ... we didn't have to, they did a very damned good job of destroying themselves.  And that was the only fucking thing they did a good job of in the entire Bush tenure.

        ... and we have seen the black suns | pouring forth the night. -- Clark Ashton Smith

        by bustacap on Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 08:26:34 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  ...and may they... (0+ / 0-)

          continue to do so... with prejudice.  Hurry up, guys.  There's a country waiting to be saved.

          "Have a beginner's mind at all times, for a beginner knows nothing and learns all while a sophisticate knows all and learns nothing." - Suzuki

          by dolfin66 on Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 08:54:16 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

      •  And another thing (3+ / 0-)

        It's one thing for a politician to make bad decisions ... everyone makes mistakes.  But to consistently make perhaps the worst choices one could make, and then refuse to significantly alter course even after the errors are obvious to anyone with eyes and a brain.  That takes a special kind of infantile certainty in one's own infallibility and disdain for both the opinions of others and, face it, reality.

        ... and we have seen the black suns | pouring forth the night. -- Clark Ashton Smith

        by bustacap on Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 08:39:00 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  Well somebody (0+ / 0-)

        seems to have had a good old lukewarm swig of steaming bush kool aid.

        "(Our) stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand."

        by Detroit Mark on Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 03:23:02 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  If Obama is More Popular Than Jesus in the US (2+ / 0-)
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    Big Nit Attack, LynneK

    right now, then the Republicans must really be scared.  So, of course they want him to fail.

    Ahhh . . . It's nice to feel like we're a cool country again.

    by Grumpy Young Man on Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 05:16:36 AM PST

  •  a quick answer to your question (5+ / 0-)

    Republicans want Obama to fail Because they are Republicans.

    When liberals saw 9-11, we wondered how we could make the country safe. When conservatives saw 9-11, they saw an investment opportunity.

    by onanyes on Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 05:19:57 AM PST

  •  the most important part they want him to fail (5+ / 0-)

    because he's black or part black i hate to say it. the republicians have no respect for minorities.. they have blamed the stimlus on them, when it effected every walk of life.
    they have no respect for obama from the cartoon drawings in newpapers, threats on his life, are they not aware the whole world is looking at us how we as a nation treat and respect him. i do not say kiss his ass but respect.
    the media should be held accountable for their actions evry single day.

  •  They want Obama to fail so that (9+ / 0-)

    they can win back the WH.  period.  There are no long term goals or plans, just win back the WH.

    The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

    by nupstateny on Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 05:40:01 AM PST

  •  Dumb-ass Kanas Republicans (whoda thunk it?) (4+ / 0-)
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    DeeDee001, LynneK, phrogge prince, IreGyre

    This article in my local paper really pissed me off.  

    There is even a Dem congresswoman joining in.

    Ever since the election I have heard nothing but sore loser comments.  Also lots of defensive talk that this economic crisis is not Bush or the repug's fault.  

    I want to move (can't afford it) but then I think I need to stick around to irritate them.

    Also, I live in a small community of about 2000 people and if you are openly a Democrat, plan on being confronted openly now and then.  My 77 year old mother chewed my butt out the other day and told me I was brain-washed.  Where is all of this hate coming from??  

  •  Republicans only love America... (5+ / 0-)
    when a Republican is President.
  •  R'pubs motto, Me first, Party next, country last (4+ / 0-)

    What's good for me is good for the Republican party and what's good for the party is good for the country... F**k you buddy I've got mine...

    Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie

    by IreGyre on Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 07:13:39 AM PST

    •  exactly (1+ / 0-)
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      They really just Don't Care about the details.  They don't even care about the "ideas" or outcomes.  It's all about vanity, about themselves.

      We can no longer afford to worship the god of hate or bow before the altar of retaliation. Martin Luther King Jr.

      by killjoy on Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 08:13:41 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Republicans haven't won anything since Katrina (2+ / 0-)
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    IreGyre, Liberal Reality Check

    Obama was elected to find solutions to our nation's pressing problems. Obama and the majority Democrats need to implement the best possible solutions to those problems. If Republicans have genuinely good ideas (i.e., not their tired "tax cuts!" crap, especially now that Democrats have passed the largest tax cut in American history with zero Republican support), then fantastic. They can bring them to the table for due consideration. Otherwise, they shouldn't get a second thought from the adults actually trying to clean up George W. Bush's messes.

    I find it ironic that only 3 Republicans supported the biggest tax cut in USA history. Funny!! And this after eight years in which they managed to turn a surplus into a trillion-dollar deficit and added a cool $32 trillion to the debt that the next generation will have to pay for. Every now and again their narcissism takes one’s breath away. But it’s all they seem to know.

  •  Add - Republicans hate America and the bottom 99% (1+ / 0-)
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    If they hate government so much.. quit paying the motherfuckers.
    How stupid is America? Can you imagine Exxon hiring a CEO if he said in his inteverview that Exxon is the problem?

  •  You define my thoughts as well.... (0+ / 0-)

    that the Republican party has had it.  If people pay attention and hurt enough, their little sing-song mantra of tax cuts will obviate their bankrupt policies.

    "Have a beginner's mind at all times, for a beginner knows nothing and learns all while a sophisticate knows all and learns nothing." - Suzuki

    by dolfin66 on Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 08:55:32 AM PST

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