Iowa View: Republicans Still Believe in Power of Demonizing Foes
My friend Kris sent me an interesting article, “House Freshman Says New Members Better at Compromise than Obama, Congressional Leaders” from The Hill’s “Floor Action Blog.” The article started, “Freshman Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., said Thursday that congressional leaders and President Obama have no desire to compromise with each other, and suggested that the federal government could get more done if it let new members of Congress take charge.”
As far as I can see, the new members are mostly cut from the same cloth as the freshman class of 2010 when the tea party succeeded in bringing a fresh crop of very conservative and uncompromising members, or “principled,” as they would call themselves. These very passionate “true believers” have been successful precisely because they don’t give in on their values and beliefs.
I wonder if Congressman Davis would be OK with Republicans “compromising” with President Obama’s team on, say, gun control, gay marriage, the death penalty, climate change, abortion, federal borrowing and a bigger national debt, women’s rights to contraception, Palestinian rights and other signature issues of Republicans? I think the answer is no.
“Davis said he believes Obama is mostly working to demonize the GOP leadership in order to put the House back into the control of Democrats,” according to The Hill article.