Nobel Prize winner and columnist for the NY Times, Paul Krugman, warns about how bad things might be after Republicans regain control of the House.
This is going to be terrible. In fact, future historians will probably look back at the 2010 election as a catastrophe for America, one that condemned the nation to years of political chaos and economic weakness.
The following reason Krugman gives for the reason to be worried sums it up the best:
Another recent interview by National Journal, this one with Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, has received a lot of attention thanks to a headline-grabbing quote: “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”
If you read the full interview, what Mr. McConnell was saying was that, in 1995, Republicans erred by focusing too much on their policy agenda and not enough on destroying the president: “We suffered from some degree of hubris and acted as if the president was irrelevant and we would roll over him. By the summer of 1995, he was already on the way to being re-elected, and we were hanging on for our lives.” So this time around, he implied, they’ll stay focused on bringing down Mr. Obama.
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Hence why the GOP is also known as the “party of no.” To me this is ultimate selfishness for political power.
Sure, the Republicans can try to take over in 2012, but they should not drag their feet and sabotage any hopes for progress before then.
When you bring down Obama, you are bringing down the President of the United States, and during a time of recession and unemployment. But as long as the Republicans ensure things stay bad, then Obama gets the blame, then it is all worth it to regain power in 2012?
This is horrible reasoning. We need progress now. Unfortunately it seems things are only about to get worse in the next two years, not just if Republicans take over the House but also here in Arizona if Brewer wins.
Just as bad will be if Horne or Huppenthal also win.
Tough times ahead… welcome to Arizona 2010.