This was inspired by the last Ricochet podcast, which I greatly encourage anyone to listen to – it’s funny and informative, with honest debates about current issues. I listen to each at least twice. Find the last podcast here.
Jonah Goldberg made the very provocative point that if we were really serious about taking out Obama in 2012, the McConnell plan is the best way to go about it. Of course, this will infuriate any puristcons who never ever ever want the GOP to waver EVER!! But, this would give whomever our nominee is the opportunity to run against Obama and the congressional Democrats AND Republicans, against ALL these compromises and dirty backroom deals.
That’s actually a really good point.
In any case, it struck me that what McConnell understands and what he’s trying to sidestep is any sort of “buy-in” from the Republicans. That is – ANY deal we make at this point means that if the economy continues to do poorly (and it most certainly will), we will be giving Obama the opportunity to drag us in at best, and blame us for all of it at worst.
SO, basically, “it’s a trap!!”
(if you don't get the reference, don't look it up. you'll never really get it)