GOP Not Interested in Governance, Only Politics04.12.10
The Republican Party established itself as the “Party of No,” a unified front interested only in voting against whatever Obama and the Democrats proposed, regardless of the content of that legislation. No to the Stimulus. No to Sotomayor. No to Healthcare. No to Extending Unemployment Benefits.
Instead of bothering to announce anything productive for 2010, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) reiterates that nothing has changed for the Grand Old Party: repeal health care is their number one priority. Now, I’m sure many a Republican could and would argue that repealing health care reform would be productive. But that would mean that the status quo prior to March 21st – or their own ideas (Rep. Paul Ryan’s bill the only real document they’ve provided as an alternative) – is a step forward from the reform, not a step backward.
Boehner sounds like his background vocal track hit a snag and he’s stuck on repeat:
“I’ve never seen a bill pass the House of Representatives that the American people knew about, that the American people had discussed, debated, and had decided ‘no.'”
I suppose this will be the strategy until November. If the GOP wins as many seats as they hope, then one could argue their strategy worked. As far as winning seats in Congress goes. And that’s just politics. Not governance. Which is all in which they’re interested anyway.