In a comment to my post on the president’s divisive rhetoric, Kurt calls the Democrat’s retreat into “attack mode . . . a major tactical win for the Republicans:”
After all, many Republicans warned that Obama had no record of bipartisanship time and again during the election. And here he and his party’s leaders are whining that they’re not getting Republican support for their porkfest billâ€”this after he turned away Republican suggestions about the stimulus by saying â€œI wonâ€ during his first week in office.
He’s right. It was a tactical win for the GOP.
And it’s more than just that. It’s a defining moment of the Democrats’ arrogance. Note how when, even when Democrats are in the majority, their defenders blame Republicans for their setbacks. Did conservatives so blame Democrats when, four years ago, they thwarted many of Bush’s efforts at reform? (Yes, I realize that in writing this, after we realized the consequences to pass Republican legislation reforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, we did fault Democrats for successful efforts to thwart those reforms.)
It’s as if Democrats believe their victory means they can govern without opposition, while Republican victory means that the GOP must be opposed. To wit, the president’s statement to elected Republicans (who also won their respective elections) that “I won.”Â Imagine how Democrats would have reacted if his predecessor had said that.
Democrats act, in Jonah Goldberg’s words, as if their victory “settles the issue. Funny how that argument didn’t work for the last president when he tried to reform Social Security.”