Not Governing As A Political Strategy

Shocker! Meet the new obstruction, same as the old obstruction:

In a letter to members of Congress, which was obtained by NBC News, Heritage Action for America, the lobbying arm of the Heritage Foundation (which recently found itself in hot water over the racial IQ theories of the co-author of their widely panned immigration reform study, Jason Richwine, who resigned from the think tank last Friday), urged Republicans on Capitol Hill not to govern, and instead, to focus on the would-be “scandals” plaguing the Obama administration.

The letter, which is addressed to House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, trumpets the negative media buzz surrounding the White House, saying that, “for the first time, the activities of the Obama administration are receiving a sustained public vetting. Americans’ outrage over Benghazi is amplified by the Internal Revenue Service’s intimidation of conservative grassroots organizations and a cascade of negative headlines. There is the real sense the Obama administration has been less than forthright with the American people, the press and lawmakers.”

Unfortunately for conservatives, who are still hermetically sealed inside their conservative information bubble, “Americans’ outrage over Benghazi” is completely non-existent, and the IRS scandal is still so new that most Americans aren’t entirely sure what it’s about. This hasn’t stopped Tea Party groups from trying to fire an IRS official who had nothing to do with the scrutiny of 501(c)4s, though. Why? Because she’s in charge of enforcing Obaamcare.

But I digress. Back to our letter:

In light of the white hot media spotlight on the administration, and to deflect attention from the many policy areas where Republicans don’t quite get along, the letter urges: “it is incumbent upon the House of Representatives to conduct oversight hearings on those actions, but it would be imprudent to do anything that shifts the focus from the Obama administration to the ideological differences within the House Republican Conference.”

“To that end, we urge you to avoid bringing any legislation to the House Floor that could expose or highlight major schisms within the conference. Legislation such as the Internet sales tax or the FARRM Act which contains nearly $800 billion in food stamp spending, would give the press a reason to shift their attention away from the failures of the Obama administration to write another ‘circular firing squad’ article.”

It’s always all about the obstruction with these people. God forbid anyone should do their jobs. Nope, political games take priority with conservatives. And hey, that’s no surprise: conservatives don’t know how to govern — and how could they? They don’t believe in it! So when they get in power they use their position to line the pockets of their fat cat friends and play political games. When they’re out of power, they use every trick in the book to keep anyone else from governing.

Republicans are truly horrible people.


Filed under obstructionism, politics, Republican Party

14 responses to “Not Governing As A Political Strategy

  1. democommie

    In other news about republiturds… It appears that at least some of the Benghazi e-mails that were edited were–wait for it–edited by the GOP, not the WH. I know, hard to believe.

    • t appears that at least some of the Benghazi e-mails that were edited were–wait for it–edited by the GOP, not the WH

      Shocking! WTF???? The Breitbart/Fox News feedback loop is complete.

  2. Mary Wilson

    BASTARDS. No body mentions that the Heritage Foundation was created by Dick Cheney and his NeoCons before his 8 years of GWB Wars and torture. I am so glad that our President is not letting their made up pieces of trash…uh, scandals stop him from helping our people. And this week we learned that our ‘deficits’ have diminished by billions…thanks to the Agenda of this White House. If the GOP ever does anything to help this country, it will be a total friggin’ accident!!

    • gene108

      Always thought Heritage was created back in the 1970’s as conservatives scrambled to reorganize after Watergate. Probably set up by the same crooks, who cut their teeth in the Nixon White House, like Cheney.

      • Yup:

        Founded in 1973, The Heritage Foundation is a New Right think tank. Its stated mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of “free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.”[1] It is widely considered one of the world’s most influential public policy research institutes. The Foundation wields considerable influence in Washington, and enjoyed particular prominence during the Reagan administration. Its initial funding was provided by Joseph Coors, of the Coors beer empire, and Richard Mellon Scaife, heir of the Mellon industrial and banking fortune. The Foundation maintains strong ties with the London Institute of Economic Affairs and the Mont Pelerin Society.

        Scaife’s name always shows up when one researches these right-wing think tanks. Which always puzzles me: don’t the RWers always tell us that we don’t need government to provide for the poor and elderly and sick? That “charity” will do it? How the fuck is charity supposed to do anything when the neocon bazillionaires just give their money to conservative think tanks? Maybe instead of the Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute, and American Enterprise Institute, Scaife should put his money into a national chain of free hospitals for the poor, food banks, day care centers, and job training centers. You know, put his money where his mouth is? Then maybe he wouldn’t need these ideologically-driven partisan “think tanks.”

        I guess that just makes too much sense.

  3. Don’t worry, the people know what this is all about. I just notice something, Southern belle, how come so called Progressive talk shows are so into it too? they complain that it’s a faux scandal, but this is all they talk about.

  4. Amanda

    Republicans not governing is not news to me, nor is the news that they are whiney-babies.

  5. Horrible people, indeed, but we need to understand this tactic in order to counter it. I refer you to Mike Lofgren’s essay, Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult. How the GOP wins through obstruction and hostage taking, Lofgren states:

    Everyone knows that in a hostage situation, the reckless and amoral actor has the negotiating upper hand over the cautious and responsible actor because the latter is actually concerned about the life of the hostage, while the former does not care.

    A couple of years ago, a Republican committee staff director told me candidly (and proudly) what the method was to all this obstruction and disruption. Should Republicans succeed in obstructing the Senate from doing its job, it would further lower Congress’s generic favorability rating among the American people. By sabotaging the reputation of an institution of government, the party that is programmatically against government would come out the relative winner.

    These tactics further intensify the long-term decline in public trust of government. When dealing with kidnappers or terrorists, standard practice is to refuse to cave to criminal demands. In politics, I believe the same must hold true: When political bad actors threaten to shut down government and hold the public hostage, they should be treated similarly by calling their bluff and letting the government shut down.

    When citizens no longer receive the benefits of a fully operational government – and their lives are dramatically changed – perceptions of an inherently bad government no longer holds true; and the GOP tactic backfires.

    • When citizens no longer receive the benefits of a fully operational government – and their lives are dramatically changed – perceptions of an inherently bad government no longer holds true; and the GOP tactic backfires.

      Indeed. See the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina … aw hell, the entire Bush Administration.

  6. Amanda Ryden

    He is a very impressive scumbag idiot typical Republican who represents money not people.