Honestly, I don't know if the economic stimulus plan proposed by the Obama administration, passed by the House, and currently being debated in the Senate is a good idea or not. But, I'll go out on a limb here and venture that nobody knows.
What I do know is that the Republicans are determined to undermine President Obama. They have nothing else. They are currently despised by the general public, as we've seen from the results of the last two national elections; they have no heir apparent to put forth as the "daddy" that their mindless supporters so desperately seek; they have no real idea about why they have been rejected.
In spite of President Obama taking the extraordinary step of going to Capitol Hill to meet with Congressional Republicans to hear their concerns last week before the stimulus vote, not a single Republican stepped out of line when John Boehner put the hammer down. None voted in favor of the stimulus package.
And have a look at what GOP mucky-mucks have been saying lately:
- The zombie king, Big Dick, hissed and spat from his Wyoming crypt just yesterday about the supposed folly of the Obama administration's cessation of the worst of Cheney's policies. I wrote about it here.
- Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX) called for a Taliban-like resistance to Obama administration policies. "Insurgency, we understand perhaps a little bit more because of the Taliban," Sessions said. "And that is that they went about systematically understanding how to disrupt and change a person's entire processes. And these Taliban -- I'm not trying to say the Republican Party is the Taliban. No, that's not what we're saying. I'm saying an example of how you go about [sic] is to change a person from their messaging to their operations to their frontline message. And we need to understand that insurgency may be required when the other side, the House leadership, does not follow the same commands, which we entered the game with." Read about it here.
- Rush Limbaugh was even more blunt: "I hope [Obama] fails." (Q: What's the difference between Rush Limbaugh and the Hindenburg? A: One is a bloated Nazi gasbag; the other is an airship.)
- And, just to top it all off, former Bush White House Chief of Staff, Andy Card, complained that President Obama's lack of a jacket in the Oval Office offended Andy's sensibilities. In an interview with Inside Edition, Card said "there should be a dress code of respect" in the Oval Office. This is the same Andy Card whom Junior once dismissed from a meeting by telling him "You're the chief of staff. You think you're up to getting us some cheeseburgers?"
Doesn't it all seem petty and useless? But more than that, it is revealing isn't it?
With no direction, no leader, and no ideas in the face of the economic crisis this country is currently facing, the Republicans revert to the only game they know.