Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Republican Party desperately seeking identity

Everything I've seen coming from Republicans in past weeks has convinced me that the GOP is having an identity crisis after its thrashing in November and is trying to use opposition to the stimulus package as a way to recreate identity and bond with each other in crisis.

The other thing that's clear is that they've got nothing to gain by joining hands with Obama, and they have much to gain by opposing. If Obama can change that, it might help get them on board.

If they oppose and the stimulus plan goes well, they can say they were trying to shape an even better plan, and that if their ideas had been included, the plan would've worked even better. And since there'd be no way to prove them wrong, it might persuade some people.

If they oppose and the stimulus plan doesn't go well, they can blame it on Obama's refusal to include their ideas.

3 comments:

Mandy Walker said...

Isn't this just politics as usual? I think it demonstrates how ingrained Washington behavior is and underscores the huge challenge Obama faces in trying to change this. It isn't easy.

Priscilla said...

I think the Republican bloc opposition to the stimulus package may have exactly the opposite effect you foresee here: it could show people that the party was looking out only for its own interests instead of for the common good--trying to lick its wounds instead of move the country forward. Only time will tell how voters read it. But this voter reads it as unconscionable partisanship in a time of social crisis.
--Priscilla (BMW), http://www.thislivelyearth.com

Alyce Barry said...

Priscilla,
Sam Donaldson would agree with your opinion, I think, based on what he said on ABC News last Sunday during the roundtable. Said the Republicans were taking an enormous risk by opposing it.