It probably won't take me more than a month or two to wish I hadn't said this, or at least to change my mind, but after careful thought, I've decided that my hope for the outcome of the 2010 mid-terms is that the GOP will take control of the House by 5 or fewer people. It's the best hope, though not the only one, that we have for getting Obama re-elected. I was trying to figure out how I could explain why, but John Boehner took care of it for me, via The Hill and the dailykos:
Boehner: "We will not compromise"
For the third time this week, a top Republican leader has made it clear that the GOP will not cooperate with Democrats after the election. The Hill reports:
Boehner: 'Not a time for compromise'
Republicans aren't in the mood for compromise, especially on repealing healthcare reform, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Wednesday.
Boehner, the party leader who would likely become Speaker in a GOP-controlled House, distanced himself from a senior senator's suggestion last week that trying to repeal the new healthcare reform law wasn't in Republicans' best interest.
"This is not a time for compromise, and I can tell you that we will not compromise on our principles," Boehner said during an appearance on conservative Sean Hannity's radio show.
Boehner echoes comments by Mike Pence and Mitch McConnell who said that the GOP would not compromise with Democrats after the election and that the GOP's top goal after November is defeating President Obama in 2012.
For the next two years, the only thing these guys want is paralysis. And that's exactly what they are promising to deliver
Politicians just don't learn - they get swept into office and the power makes them lose all sense of right and wrong and what people really want - smart people, working together to do what's best for the country, not their own particular self-interest, which usually translates into, first and foremost, re-election, and a close second, control of the committees and chairmanships. In other words, all the stuff that makes us want to take a shower after we've paid even just a little bit of attention to what's going on in the political world.