They're pretty much in line with Bartlett's fears. There is no intent actually to govern responsibly, just to campaign for 2012 (since almost all of this will be vetoed or impossible - a constitutional amendment on spending as a percentage of GDP!). Anyway, if you're not fully aware yet of the nihilism and recklessness on the right, read on. Limbaugh will have infinitely more control over a Republican House than Boehner:
Act immediately on votes to repeal Obamacare.
Act immediately on votes to deny the EPA the power to regulate carbon dioxide through cap and trade.
Move immediately to make permanent the Bush tax cuts.
Move immediately to press for a single constitutional amendment that would limit the size of the federal government by limiting the percentage of GDP the federal government can spend in any given year. (And what a wonderful debate that would be! That is what's driving the Tea Party in large part is spending: Spending ourselves into generational debt and theft. Have a debate on just how much spending there can be, a certain percentage of GDP.)
State openly they will not tolerate any more radicals on the federal bench, no more Sotomayor, no more Kagans, no more idiots, no more activists on the federal bench.
If they do this, if the Republicans do this, they will go a long way toward restoring the republic. Win, lose, or draw, they'll be fighting for the right things.
Of course, even if all these things were desirable, they're wildly implausible. But he knows that: "Obama's gonna veto all this," Limbaugh says. "So be it! Let him veto it! That helps us. We come back for it all again -- and he vetoes it again, and he calls us mean-spirited, extreme."
I wonder if Limbaugh is aware of that the latest NYT poll revealed that massive majorities want the main parties to compromise in the new Congress rather than stick to their positions. But when asked who would be more likely to compromise, 72 percent said that Obama, while only 46 percent said the Republicans. Limbaugh's nihilism and talk-radio conservatism is one sure way to bring independents back to the president. Advantage: Obama.
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