Republicans whine about that big meanie Obama making them fight among themselves

Get out the tissues, folks. THIS STORY will bring tears (of laughter?) to your eyes:

Even as they grudgingly have come to accept that they can’t prevent the expiration of the Bush tax cuts for the rich, Republicans have increasingly started explaining this pitiable state of affairs to themselves as the product of President Obama’s unique malevolence. The operating theory here is that Obama is not demanding higher taxes on the rich because it advances his public policy goals. No, his goal, writes Karl Rove, is to “kick off a Republican civil war.” This odd theory has likewise found expression from Charles Krauthammer (“Obama’s objective in these negotiations is not economic but political: not to solve the debt crisis but to fracture the Republican majority in the House,”) Peter Wehner, and other luminaries of the right.

The psychology on display here is familiar to anybody who has seen a petulant teenager, who assumes that any restriction that causes them to feel anger must have been intended to produce that emotion. Republicans are feeling humiliated and divided, so Obama’s goal must have been to humiliate and divide them.


It’s certainly true that Republicans are undergoing some internal strife right now over the tax issue. Daniel Henninger, also on the Journal editorial page, mourns that the president is “dismantle[ing] their party by letting its most basic conservative principles disappear.” But how this is Obama’s fault, I can’t quite figure out. It was Republicans who elevated the unpopular cause of low income tax rates for the rich to a sacred principle, built an entire party theology around punishing even the slightest dissent from that principle, and then enacted the sacred agenda through a rickety budget mechanism that caused it all to expire after a decade. That was a bad idea.



  1. This post from the guy who yesterday posted about the meanie Republicans who “forced” Susan Rice to withdraw her name from consideration for Secretary of State.

  2. doc: Your analogy (or contrast or whatever it is) is pointless.

    It reminds me of this riddle: What’s the difference between an orange? Answer: A bicycle, because a vest doesn’t have sleeves.

  3. It’s not an analogy.

    It is me making fun of you.

  4. Brian Opsahl

    The fiscal cliff is coming and your republicans can blame nobody but themselves for the mess about to happen…
    Remember that it was the republicans who placed a time limit on these tax cuts to begin with….just like the 2 wars they put on the credit card for Obama to pay off, they did the same thing with those tax cuts…!!

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