Craven Partisanship At Its Worst

In case there was any doubt left that RNC Chair candidate Ken Blackwell epitomizes the worst aspects of GOP partisan politics his recent article “Obama’s Trojan Horse” in the hyperpartisan Townhall.com should remove all doubt.

While only a few details are known, one overlooked issue is that it could create a major electoral advantage for Democrats at taxpayer expense. That would be unacceptable for what is being touted as a nonpartisan measure, and gives Republicans yet another reason to oppose it if not restructured. […]

But most federal employees, that are not political appointees, vote Democrat. Since Washington, DC is the seat of government, whenever new federal bureaucrats are created many live in Maryland and Virginia. In 2008, Virginia went Democrat for the first time since 1964, and Mr. Obama won it by 130,000 votes. Creating 600,000 new jobs might help cement Virginia in the Democrat column, making it harder for Republicans to retake the White House. […]

So this bill, as currently designed, has serious flaws, some of which convey a partisan advantage. These must be thoroughly discussed and understood, and any major legislation cannot be allowed to benefit one party in what must be a bipartisan solution.

What this boils down to is simple.  Even taking Blackwell’s 600k federal jobs statistics as fact, despite it coming from nobody but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, nobody but those blinded by GOP zeal could possibly see this as a bad thing.  That’s 600,000 jobs created in the middle of a recession depression that has cost millions of people their jobs and even more their standard of living when you factor in lost overtime and slashed pay/hours.

That’s 600,000 men and women that Ken Blackwell doesn’t feel deserve a job because they might be so thankful to his political opponents that they vote Democratic.  In a nutshell if Obama’s economic recovery plan hurts the GOP’s electoral chances Blackwell believes, regardless of the human collateral, that it should be blocked.  A commenter over at Steve Benen’s Political Animal sums the situation up nicely:

The GOP hopes to keep the Depression going for FOUR YEARS so a Republican president gets credit for the recovery instead?

Not saying it might not work. I just shudder at the craven Machiavellian nature of the plan.

Furthermore, assuming the GOP is allowed to filibuster all Keynesian stimuli for at least 2 years and they take over one of the houses, what then? Tax cuts just like the past 6 years that put us here?

Look, I’m not asking the GOP to explain why more of the same skewed tax cuts (capital gains, death taxes over 1 million, etc.) that produced the depression banishing that same depression is LIKELY…

I’m simply asking why such a plan is even PLAUSIBLE.

Isn’t it like putting sour milk back in the frig hoping it might be okay later?

They got us into this mess and now they want to sabotage any efforts to get us out of it because people will vote for the party that fixes the problem.  If that’s not treason craven partisanship at it’s worst I’m not sure what is.

2 Responses to “Craven Partisanship At Its Worst”

  1. David says:

    Up until running for the RNC chair, South Carolina Republican Chairman Katon Dawson… ELEVEN YEARS member in a WHITES ONLY KKKountry KKKlub.

    Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, who would be the party’s first black chairman could have a job checking your coat there… because, being a negro, he wouldn’t have a membership to Dawson’s WHITES ONLY KKKountry KKKlub.

  2. tas says:

    No, it’s treason. These people really only care about amassing power, despite the costs.

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