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Top Story — As Obama Inauguration Nears, Republicans Realize They’re Powerless

President Barack Obama returns to the White House following a visit to the Presidential Inaugural Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C., Jan. 17, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

THE LIGHT dawns on the Republican Party, just as President Obama’s inauguration is about to drive salt into their wounds.

“We will raise the debt ceiling. We’re not going to default on our debt,” Cornyn told the Houston Chronicle editorial board. – Cornyn: Congress Will Not Allow Default

It may be a dim bulb, but at least we now know it’s on.

Charles Krauthammer explains why Republicans are saying and doing what they are on the debt ceiling, behavior which is also represented by Gov. Christie taking on the N.R.A.

Obama’s postelection arrogance and intransigence can put you in a fighting mood. I sympathize. But I’m tending toward the realist view: Don’t force the issue when you don’t have the power.

President Obama’s win in 2012 was so thoroughly convincing, especially when you dig down on the demographics, for Republicans there’s reality or oblivion.

Meanwhile, the Republican base out in wingnut radio land remains ensconced under a rock. The challenge is for mainstream Republicans to keep them there, though the election of 2012 may have forever banished their power to state government and legislatures, where they’re already doing plenty of damage.

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16 Responses to Top Story — As Obama Inauguration Nears, Republicans Realize They’re Powerless

  1. Solo January 18, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    Oh! Oh! I think I have been hanging around this site too long I am increasingly finding myself agreeing with what Taylor writes. The GOP’s threat not to raise the debt ceiling was always an empty threat because we now know from the recent fiscal cliff fiasco that the only people they care about, the super rich, are the very people with the most to lose in a default. So once again the GOP let their mouths write a check their asses couldn’t cash!

  2. secularhumanizinevoluter January 18, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    “Obama’s postelection arrogance and intransigence can put you in a fighting mood.”

    F–K Them.
    KEEP hammering them and make sure they either have to come back to the reality based universe and actually work for what’s best for the AMERICAN people as opposed to the repugnantklan/teabagger/UBERChristofascist party. And if they don’t make DAMNED sure the electorate knows who is responsible come 2014 so there can be a long overdue House cleaning.

  3. jinbaltimore January 18, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    Repubs shouldn’t worry too much. Obama and the other repub-democrats will cede the power to them.

    • angels81 January 18, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

      Yawn!

      • jinbaltimore January 19, 2013 at 7:11 am #

        LOVE the exclamation point on the yawn…it says “you make me sleepy but in an excited way!”

        Thanks, Stalker.

    • Solo January 18, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

      Well at least no one can accuse you of being inconsistent!

  4. Cujo359 January 18, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

    I doubt this is a sudden realization on the GOP’s part, at least not for some of them. There seemed to be a hint of desperation in the way Boehner was trying to cut a good deal before the new congress.

    If the Republicans are smart, they’ll give the Democrats enough rope to hang themselves this session, and then they’ll be in the driver’s seat come 2014. The Democrats are plenty happy with austerity, as long as they can blame the Republicans for it. I doubt the Republicans are that smart, though.

  5. jjamele January 19, 2013 at 8:15 am #

    Having long since given up the hope that we might ever have the opportunity to celebrate an actual Progressive victory, we are reduced to popping champagne corks over Conservative defeats. Woo hoo.

    Who could have imagined that as Barack Obama started his second term, his fanboys would be high-fiving themselves over…..the debt ceiling being lifted and a fractional increase in taxes?

    I guess this is what comes of the soft bigotry of low expectations. And when the President joins with the Republicans in taking a meat cleaver to entitlements, Solo will be here to remind us of his awesome victory in the spring of 2013 when he….um, when he managed the debt ceiling….um, when Our Young PresidentTM rolled those Republicans LOL!!

    • secularhumanizinevoluter January 19, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

      “Who could have imagined that as Barack Obama started his second term, his fanboys would be high-fiving themselves over…..the debt ceiling being lifted and a fractional increase in taxes?

      I guess this is what comes of the soft bigotry of low expectations.”

      Or the soft bigotry of sexism/misogyny huh? Ain’t possibly no “fanGIRLS” out there is there?

      • jjamele January 19, 2013 at 9:25 pm #

        Maybe you should stick with BWAHAHAHAHA and “Christo-Fascist” and “Republiklan” and “Imbecilic assmonkeys.” When you go off script, you seem to confuse yourself.

    • Solo January 20, 2013 at 8:43 am #

      President Obama’s comfortable win is killing you on the inside isn’t it?

      • jjamele January 20, 2013 at 8:57 am #

        zzzzzzzzzzz……

        • Solo January 20, 2013 at 10:55 am #

          LOL! Obama4ever!

          • jjamele January 20, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

            Ok, now I know you are just a parody troll. Always suspected it, but now I’m convinced.

            NOBODY could be that far gone.

          • Solo January 20, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

            I knew that would get a rise outta you! LOL! You are so easy!

  6. jinbaltimore January 20, 2013 at 6:25 am #

    Republicans are powerless…and yet, somehow, we find ourselves staring down the barrel of the real possibility of SS and Medicare cuts…funny (scary) that…and yet the fanthings cheer on!

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