Rove introduced the “permanent campaign” theory to US politics.
The August 13, 2007 article Why Are These Men Laughing? states “”There is no precedent in any modern White House for what is going on in this one: a complete lack of a policy apparatus,” says John Dilulio head of W’s White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. “What you’ve got is everything — and I mean everything — being run by the political arm. It’s the reign of the Mayberry Machiavellis.”
In a seven-page letter sent a few weeks after our first conversation, Dilulio, who still considers himself a passionate supporter of the president, offers a detailed account and critique of the time he spent in the Bush White House.
“I heard many, many staff discussions but not three meaningful, substantive policy discussions,” Dilulio, writes.”
That is what the GOP is. It is easy for them to be the party of no as long as they think they will gain politically, because that is their only concern. They don’t care about the bottom 99%’s lack of health care and have no concern about the possibility of racial profiling in Arizona as a result of its new legislation. What does this do for the credibility of the US? Totalitarian regimes force people to carry their papers at all times-not the US. Suppose a cop asks the wrong carload of people for their papers and a physical altercation occurs? This Arizona immigration bill is clearly unconstitutional, but if the GOP can make sure their rich cronies get a little something extra and see if the item fires up its base then the GOP is happy and for them that amounts to substantive policy discussions.
The article Sebelius: Health Care Lawsuits Being Pursued For GOP Career Advancementnotes how the GOP doesn’t care about the policy, just political gain as the article states “Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius accused Republican state attorneys general on Tuesday of launching health-care-related lawsuits as a means of advancing their own political careers.
“I think that the vast majority of lawsuits have been filed by Attorneys General in states where they have also some interest in higher office,” said Sebelius, in what is one of the more direct pushbacks against the lawsuits to date. “I’m going to let the lawyers go debate the situation. [But] we are confident that the legal standing of the law is solid and that this has more to do with politics than policy.”
The GOP is wasting court time. Don’t they always inveigle against frivolous lawsuits? The article states “”Most constitutional scholars looking at this issue say it is absolutely clear that these lawsuits will not be successful,” Kentucky AG Jack Conway told the Huffington Post last week. “While it may make for good Tea Party politics for [Republican Senatorial candidate] Rand Paul and Sarah Palin, it makes for really lousy lawsuits. And I’m not going to waste the taxpayer resources of the people of Kentucky on political stunts.”
Just how partisan has the issue of health-care-related lawsuits become? On Monday, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson (a Democrat) dismissed pleas from the state’s Republican leadership (notably Gov. Tim Pawlenty) to pursue a lawsuit against the bill, insisting the legislation is on firm legal ground. In response, the governor’s office pledged to pursue a lawsuit regardless.
“We appreciate Attorney General Swanson considering this matter and her recognition of the Governor’s ability to participate in this litigation in his capacity as governor,” read a statement from Pawlenty’s Deputy Chief of Staff Brian McClung. “Governor Pawlenty believes the federal government is overreaching by subjecting citizens to a fine if they do not comply with a mandate to buy a good or service. Governor Pawlenty intends to participate in this litigation.”
The article Arizona Immigration Bill Stirs War of Words in Congress shows how the GOP is trying to use protection of the border to gain politically as it states “Sen. Jon Kyl, one of Arizona’s two Republican senators, said that Arizona had no other choice than to take the lead on illegal immigration…
“As long as the federal government has not adequately responded to the challenge of protecting the border, it is little wonder that states decide that they have to take action, especially if you’re the state of Arizona,” Kyl said. “To the extent that the state wants to step up and deal with the challenge, we’ve said that’s a positive step. Whether some portions of the law will be open to legal challenge, I don’t know.”
The GOP on the one hand is saying the Democrats are to blame for not passing immigration reform on the hand, but refusing to participate on it on the other. Seems like a cheap political trick.
The article Graham Pulls Support for Major Senate Climate Bill states “In a move that may derail a comprehensive climate change and energy bill in the Senate, one of the measure’s central architects, Senator Lindsey Graham, has issued an angry protest over what he says are Democratic plans to give priority to a debate over immigration policy.”
Will the GOP ever maintain a position? It is eminently transparent what the GOP is doing as the article states “Mr. Reid said that Mr. Graham was under “tremendous pressure” from fellow Republicans not to cooperate with Democrats on either energy or immigration. In a swipe, he added, “But I will not allow him to play one issue off of another, and neither will the American people. They expect us to do both, and they will not accept the notion that trying to act on one is an excuse for not acting on the other.”
In mythology, a phoenix is an immortal bird that, when it dies, bursts into flames and is reborn from its own ashes. “To rise from the ashes of the phoenix” means to make a miraculous comeback. The GOP thinks that this unconstitutional Arizona immigration bill will demonstrate to their rabid right-wing extremist base that they will be the party that will protect us from evil-in this case illegal immigrants who could be smuggling into the US jihadists. Wouldn’t it be ironic that in–say Phoenix, a cop enforcing this Arizona immigration law receives a physical injury and then the entire unconstitutional mess comes tumbling down and causes the GOP and the US irreparable harm?