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Sunday, July 17, 2016

The Through the Looking Glass Award

Jeb Bush published an Op Ed in WaPo that -- well, this is just the beginning:

Eight years of the divisive tactics of President Obama and his allies have undermined Americans’ faith in politics and government to accomplish anything constructive. The president has wielded his power — while often exceeding his authority — to punish his opponents, legislate from the White House and turn agency rulemaking into a weapon for liberal dogma.

In turn, a few in the Republican Party responded by trying to out-polarize the president, making us seem anti-immigrant, anti-women, anti-science, anti-gay, anti-worker and anti-common-sense.

The result has been the vanishing of any semblance of compromise or bipartisanship in our nation’s capital. Simple problems don’t get solved. Speeches happen; the important stuff doesn’t. The failure of elected leaders to break the gridlock in Washington has led to an increasingly divided electorate, which in turn has led to a breakdown in our political system.

Obama's "divisive tactics"? Seriously? I don't need to remind anyone which party it was that first, proclaimed that its priority was to make Obama a one-term president, and second, refused to consider any legislation that might actually have a positive effect on the country as a whole. This is just Jeb Bush flipping reality on its head, a specialty of the GOP.

(There's one commenter at the article that does it even better:

Republican voters, and anyone who cares about the country on the Right, from libertarians, to religious conservatives, to fiscal hawks, to reasonable Democrats, is concerned about establishment Republicans' so called "compromise" and "bipartisanship." For Democrats, compromise means Republicans give them everything they want. For Republicans, compromise with Democrats means giving them everything that they want.

Words fail me. Read it, if you can stand it.

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