Thursday, June 23, 2011

That’s What It’s All About

I’ll give Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) props for being candid.

McConnell admitted that his party is divided over President Obama’s military action in Libya, but that you’re only hearing about it because Obama’s a Democrat. Many of these same divisions, he said, existed under President Bush, but party loyalty “muted” the dissent.

“I’m not sure that these kinds of differences might not have been there in a more latent form when you had a Republican president,” McConnell admitted. “But I do think there’s more of a tendency to pull together when the guy in the White House is on your side.”

This doesn’t only apply to Libya; the Republicans are basically reflexively opposed to anything President Obama does, even if it’s something like a tax cut.

Yeah, that’s politics. But what is most impressive is that the Republicans will do it even if it’s bad for the economy, undermines our foreign policy, or makes no sense; if President Obama put out a message supporting baseball, hot dogs, and motherhood, Mr. McConnell would emerge from his carapace to condemn the president for hating football, hamburgers, and dear old dad.

To them it’s all about politics and winning. And no, the Democrats don’t do it as well. I like to think that it’s because they have scruples and actually care about the well-being of nation, but I suspect that it’s because they’re just not as power-hungry as the folks on the right who would much rather rule than govern.