From Andrew Sullivan:
I find the current GOP about as repellent as anyone. I can also believe, as I do, that the stimulus of the last two years was a sadly necessary measure to prevent the bottom falling out in ways no one could have controlled, once started. Now I want a focus on long-term debt reduction. Do I trust the GOP on the debt? Is the Pope gay? Do I trust the Dems? No. Do I think Obama is suited to forging a sane compromise out of the debt commission? Yes. Do I think the GOP can rise to the occasion? Probably not.
But in a strange way, the more anti-debt and anti-spending their rhetoric becomes and the plainer it is that serious defense and entitlement cuts are necessary for the problem to be solved, the more I'd like to see the GOP be deprived of their obstructionist no-responsibility posturing of the last two years. I'd like to see their bluff called on spending to escape the current impasse and get to a real debate rather than a phony one. If they win back the House, as it seems inevitable they will, they will have to offer something at last instead of criticizing everything in comically tired tropes and waiting for 2012, as the president is stymied from enacting the reformist change we elected him for.
I remember talking to my brother-in-law's mother right before the 2004 election. She didn't want Bush re-elected but she said, "Well, if he wins, at least he'll have to clean up all of these messes he's made!"
And for one eensy, weensy second, I thought, "Yes, that is true!" But I knew better. The Republicans never, ever have to do anything they don't want to do. And four more years of Bush proved that.
So, if the GOP takes back the House, will they offer something at last instead of criticizing everything [Obama does] in comically tired tropes?
I'm calling it now: NO.
No probably nots about it.
They'll keep hammering Obama, while not doing a thing, except possibly, no -- most probably -- making everything even worse all the way to 2012, all the while blaming Obama for how horrible everything is. And people will buy it. And I'll end up reading whatever version of Distrusting Republicans, But Voting For Them Anyway is written then.
Took me less than an eensy, weensy second to get there.