It’s not all polarization

Republicans are obstructing pretty much every executive branch appointment they can.  Why?  Because Obama wants to appoint a bunch of wild-eyed liberals?  Polarization?  No.  Just because they can.  And they are not particularly interested in the proper functioning of government.  Love this bit from Drum:

The point of filibustering everything and everyone has never been just to prevent a few objectionable candidates from being confirmed. It’s been to tie up Senate floor time and disrupt even the routine functioning of a federal government that’s under Democratic control. Even with filibuster reform they can still do that, so why should they stop now? A broken government is nothing but good news for Republicans.

Bernstein says in another post today that he’s tired of hearing about political polarization. It’s not really anything new, after all. That’s true enough, and this is a good example. It’s not a case of polarization, it’s just a straightforward case of assholery. There’s no principle or ideology behind this, they’re merely causing dysfunction for the sake of causing dysfunction. Welcome to the modern GOP.


About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

One Response to It’s not all polarization

  1. Deborah Ferry says:

    I’m a democrat that use to vote for republicans fairly often. I don’t make that mistake any more.

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