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GAME CHANGE: Will the Republicans Now Play Ball?

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MISSION CREEP -- Now that his mission to prevent Obama's re-election has failed, what's plan B? by photo: Reuters/Jim Young

"Our top political priority should be to deny President Obama a second term" -- Mitch McConnell

Take that, Mitch!   

It's another four years of Presidential shot-calling for Barack Obama meaning that as far as the GOP is concerned for the next four years -- life's a Mitch.  

Okay, so Mitch McConnell probably won't be giving props to the President for prevailing after four years of playing Moby Dick to McConnell's Captain Ahab in an endurance test of squalid politics that began the day Obama was inaugurated.    But now that the grand bargain McConnell reached with his GOP brethren to focus entirely on denying Obama a second term turns out to have been a fool's errand, will Mitch and the rest of the Republican party come to their senses?

If so, the definitive winner won't be Obama or the Democratic party.   Nor would it be Republicans if it so happens that a return to bi-partisanship helps them re-gain the White House in 2016.  

The ultimate winner will be America.

The decisive re-election of Barack Obama means that America is headed for a period of further revitalization, not some goofy era of Marxist socialism.   Most importantly, more people will have jobs.   Those "12 million new jobs" Mitt promised are hardly jeopardized by Romney's defeat because Mitt's total precisely matches the number of jobs analysts forecast will be added by 2017 regardless of which party has held the presidency.

But in addition to more jobs, more Americans will be healthier thanks to Obamacare; fewer American soldiers will be deployed in war zones after the 2014 Afghan withdrawal; and the economy will receive a boost resulting from tax and economic policies that favor the middle, instead of the upper class.    All this is set to occur unless -- like their "Obama Take-Down" meeting held back in 2008 -- Republicans decide to meet again to tweak their strategy of hard-partisan, no-compromise politics.

"Takers and Makers"

It's impossible to take seriously the accusation by his critics that it was Obama who was unable or unwilling to work cooperatively with Congressional Republicans.   Although few would deny that bi-partisanship during Obama's first term was as apparitional as Romney's tax returns, it was the GOP that played legislative stall-ball for four years in pursuit of McConnell's goal.   Republicans mucked up the process with a record-shattering number of filibusters and the Captain Ahab-esque stubbornness of its lockstep opposition to every Administration policy initiative earned the GOP a derisive nick-name: " The Party of No."   

But that was then.    Now, after Obama's decisive victory, is the GOP ready to make with the bi-partisanship?   Judging by his immediate post-election remarks, House Speaker John Boehner seems to be prepared.   "We're ready to be led; we want you to succeed," he said.

But the same won't be said of McConnell whose congrats came out a bit like what the groom in a shotgun wedding probably sounds like when he says "I do."  

"The voters have not endorsed the failures or excesses of the president's first term," sputtered McConnell.   "They have simply given him more time to finish the job they asked him to do together with a balanced Congress."

And joining McConnell on his premature fit of morning-after monomania were several crestfallen pundits -- influential within the GOP -- who spat out nearly every Fox News-aggregated bit of facile anti-Obama agit-prop to assuage what seemed a horribly abused psyche.  

Former Bill Clinton adviser and Liberace look-alike Dick Morris, who somehow dream-weaved a set of dour Romney polling numbers into a prediction of a Romney landslide , bewailed over four more years of Obama's "socialist agenda."

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Anthony Barnes, of Boston, Massachusetts, is a free-lance writer who leans toward the progressive end of the political spectrum. "When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to (more...)
 
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Some folks will never get it and I suspect that pe... by Anthony Barnes on Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012 at 8:25:42 PM
The game plan of the great thinkers on the rig... by Dennis Kaiser on Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012 at 8:05:06 AM
Love the sarcasm.  Wish I could laugh about i... by Anthony Barnes on Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012 at 5:21:45 PM
Anyone who expects the loonies from the far right ... by kappie on Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012 at 8:44:16 AM
The Repubs are in politics basically to set themse... by Anthony Barnes on Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012 at 9:30:50 AM