Thursday, September 9, 2010

Republicans Follow Groucho Marx: "Whatever It Is, I'm Against It!"

When do Republicans become disenchanted with the very same initiatives they championed in the past? When President Obama proposes them–especially before election season. Their stance is reminiscent of Groucho Marx, who declared in "Horse Feathers" (1932), "Whatever it is, I'm against it!":

In the following video, Rachel Maddow cites the fact that during the stimulus debate, the Republicans insisted that they wanted more infrastructure spending. The president proposed an infrastructure initiative on Labor Day. Republican leaders Rep. John Boehner (OH) and Sen. Mitch McConnell (KY) promptly said that they're against it. Obama also called for business tax cuts for new plants and equipment–cuts the Republicans have sponsored in the past. Again McConnell said that he's against it. Maddow closes by interviewing journalist Ezra Klein, who states, “The problem Republicans have with this is not ideological. It’s fundamentally electoral.” No matter the reason, they're against it. Watch:


Michael, The Molar Maven said...

It's time to employ the tactics of President Harry S. Truman against the "Do-nothing" 80th Congress. Unfortunately, the current 11th Congress is controlled by democrats. How can it be that a congress that is controlled by democrats can be such a drag on the positions of a democratic president? The democratic candidates for local office in my area are afraid to put their party affiliation on the posters that are plastered all over the neighborhood. The republicans may be "against it" but I'm beginning to believe that Obama's major problems come from his own party.

Jeff Tone said...

Democratic sheepishness is indeed a problem–and we don't need it in addition to Republican obstructionism. Now we have some Democrats hesitant to end Bush tax cuts for the wealthy. Some voted against health care reform. How are they to be distinguished from Republicans?