POLITICAL observations & opinions

* our country needs a responsible opposition political party … too bad we don’t have one

Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 12, 2009

Terence Samuel writes in the American Prospect (4/10/09) …

  • President Barack Obama could have only hoped for modest, small-bore successes to come out of his eight-day, three-summit jaunt through Europe and the Middle East.
  •  It will be a while before we know with any certainty whether Obama achieved anything of lasting value
  •  But the virulent reaction from conservatives has been bizarre enough to render them irrelevant in any serious conversation about the country’s future.
  • the bottom line is that if Republicans continue these smears, they have no hope of being taken seriously when it comes time to debate the major issues confronting the country.
  • This week’s New York Times/CBS poll shows the depth of the GOP’s troubles: The party faces a 58 percent disapproval rating among Americans. 
  • The crazy talk is not going to improve those numbers.

LMW COMMENT … Our country needs a responsible opposition political party. No matter how much some of us support President Obama, he needs Republicans to question his policies and argue their points of view, some of which are quite compelling. Congressional Democrats, like any legislative majority, surely need Republicans to keep them balanced and honest. It serves no one’s purpose for Republicans to continue to impale themselves on the nonsensical lances of Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Bobby Jimdal and the others of their sorry ilk. I don’t know what Democrats are supposed to do about Republican failings (except maybe vote for Arlen Specter in his upcoming Republican primary), but it is a problem for us as well as them.

 

Read the entire article at … http://www.prospect.org/cs/articles?article=republicans_tripping

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