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A way out for Republicans tired of being bullied by Obama and goons.
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People who started small and worked their way up have been the backbone of American prosperity and what made this country great. John Boehner is right to go weepy-eyed about life in his father’s tavern. But that kind of Horatio Alger story has been replace by the saga of the Oppressed Minority versus The Establishment, which of course is all those Horatio Algers grown up. Mitt Romney was actually heckled when he visited the White House the other week. With the economy poised for another miserable four years, Republicans are on the verge of becoming the Sinister But Powerful Minority that bedevils every country led by a Great Leader.
So here’s where the ju-jitsu comes in. Use Obama’s strength against him. As the President and Congress approach the Fiscal Cliff, Republicans should back off and say, “Alright, you’re the President. You won the election. Go ahead and do whatever you want. Raise taxes, draw up more plans for big government, print more money, forget the deficit.”
Rand Paul has suggested such an approach and I agree with him completely.
Sure the economy will go into another four-year tailspin. Sure we’ll come to regard 7.5 percent unemployment as an improvement. But whatever happens, Obama will have to take the blame. Republicans may think that they’re rescuing small businesses and protecting job creators by standing tall on taxes but they are only putting their heads in the noose. Whatever compromise they are able to wring out of the President will become the basis for blaming Republicans for the failures of the next four years.
The President has survived his first four years by blaming everything on George Bush. Now he is planning to blame the next four years on Congressional Republicans. The time has come to use his own heft against him. Let Obama go flying off the Fiscal Cliff all by himself. He will crash-land and when he does, Republicans will be left standing on the high ground.
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