Friday, January 25, 2013

     Did you hear John Boehner this week charging that President Obama is out to annihilate the Republican Party? That's odd, because it's been evident for quite some time that the Republicans are trying to do the same thing to the Democratic Party. What the speaker of the House told the Ripon Society on Tuesday was just the latest example of a pattern I noticed during the recent presidential campaign: accusing your opponent of doing the same skunkly thing you're trying to do.
     Boehner's self-revealing thrust was in response to the president's second inaugural address, when he laid out the kind of agenda that American liberals have been counting on: initiatives on climate change, gay marriage, and protecting the social safety net. Contrast those ideas with the sneaky move by Virginia Republicans to redistrict the state Senate while the tie voter who would have blocked the move was attending the inauguration. Several districts now represented by Democrats would be reshaped to favor Republicans.
     How many times have we heard Boehner whining that the president and his party need to do this or that in a bipartisan way? Well, if Boehner really believes in bipartisan politics, why is it that he regularly stalls legislation in Congress by not bringing it to the floor for a vote unless a majority of House Republicans are for it.
     And what about all those vote-suppression measures that the Republicans pushed through the Florida Legislature and others in the runup to the 2012 elections?  They clearly aimed to cut down the number of Democratic voters.  And they had some impact, though fortunately there were more of us than the GOP knew.
     Let's see how many examples of Republican two-faced behavior we can think of in the past six months. You go first. I promise not to make fun of anything you write.