Republican opposition to nearly every one of President Obama’s programs derives not from ideology but out of a desire to ensure the administration’s failure, authors Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann tell Chrystia Freeland.
“As soon as Obama or a Democratic leader embraces a Republican position, they deny it and move onto something else,” Mann says.
I’m sort of in a no man’s land of political thought right now… it’s all so obvious who the problem is, how they’re causing it, what they stand for, and how they fuck over everybody, yet, the money pours in, the spin pours out, and again and again they gain ground. i’m terrified, yet exhausted to give a single shit. you can’t dissuade a republican voter, despite watching them shoot themselves in the foot, you hope that common sense will return as a common denominator and everybody will wake up… but it just doesn’t seem to be the case—they are hell-bent on hanging themselves and on that point I’m fine, the only problem is that I’m tied to the noose when they kick out the chair. the scale of the issue seems well, well beyond grassroots resistance. now that citizens united has been repealed, until the bottom falls completely out, there is no stopping the spin, the corruption, the bought votes, and ultimately the integrity of this entire country. I can’t see a way out of it—rock-bottom, maybe. but even then somehow the spin is so strong, plays so strongly on biases and prejudice and has become ingrained on a cultural level that people will happily hang themselves to believe the exact opposite of the reality—cause all their friends believe it and live by it, too. we are all in no-man’s land and we are all soon to be very fucked.