Cook notices something odd:
After taking back the House and the Senate in 2006, Democrats continued banging the anti-Republican drum, pushing toward the goal of grabbing the White House and a filibuster-proof 60 seats in the upper chamber. Barack Obama won the presidency, and Arlen Specter’s party switch and Al Franken’s successful recount finally gave Democrats the Senate margin they coveted.
So with the horrible Republicans finally vanquished and everything they stood for finally repudiated, Democrats at last could move beyond belly-aching and begin ignoring the GOP. It was time to cash the blank check voters had provided. On with the revolution!
But now, as President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and their followers try to fast-track radical health care reforms and an economy-crushing cap-and-trade scheme, they’re whining that their agenda is simply too important to be passed by just one party — that they need Republican support to speed passage and help unify and heal the nation.
The simple answer:
Democrats desperately need a few spineless Republicans to provide them with political cover. In next year’s campaign, Democrats need to be able to tell voters that ObamaCare, cap-and-trade, further deficit spending and huge tax hikes have bipartisan support. When the polls show public disapproval, the programs implode and the economy doesn’t recover, Democrats need to be able to tell Americans that Republicans are to blame.
If these guys thought for a moment it would work it would sail through both houses and they’d be dying to take the credit..