I’ve also claimed that – as a general rule – the Republican party isn’t really interested in governing so much as it is interested in acquring political power for power's sake. If these two interests conflict, the Republicans are much more likely to do whatever they think will help them electorally even if that course of action hurts America itself. Certainly Mike Lofgren’s recent article bears out this general characterization.
And then today, via Steve Benen (again) over at The Washington Monthly, we have this:
And despite public declarations about finding common ground with Obama, some Republicans are privately grumbling that their leaders are being too accommodating with the president.
It is difficult to convince a political opponent to do the right thing when your opponent’s entire worldview is filtered not through the lens of appropriate social or economic policy, and instead through the lens of sheer political calculation. When the only question asked by Republicans is ‘How can we best hurt Obama?’ the President’s ability to suggest anything that might help jump start the economy pretty much goes out the window.