So this very Kristolesque Bill Kristol quote has been making the rounds:
Perhaps — if they can find reasons to obstruct and delay. They should do their best not to permit Obama to rush his agenda through this year. They can’t allow Obama to make of 2009 what Franklin Roosevelt made of 1933 or Johnson of 1965. Slow down the policy train. Insist on a real and lengthy debate. Conservatives can’t win politically right now. But they can raise doubts, they can point out other issues that we can’t ignore (especially in national security and foreign policy), they can pick other fights — and they can try in any way possible to break Obama’s momentum. Only if this happens will conservatives be able to get a hearing for their (compelling, in my view) arguments against big-government, liberal-nanny-state social engineering — and for their preferred alternatives.
What really gets me about it is the “find reasons to obstruct and delay” part. In other words, create a political fight where there’s no sane reason to disagree with what the White House is doing. It’s a slightly more urbane way of saying the same thing that Rush Limbaugh keeps repeating; that the GOP’s best hope is to make Obama fail no matter what the consequences for the country.
And of course, that’s basically what the Republicans have been attempting. How’s that been working out so far?