Pete Sessions (R-TX32), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, did in fact say that the Republicans need to mount an “insurgency” against the Democratic majority in Congress, and that the Taliban can serve as a model for how to go about it.
As the gnome pointed out over IM, even if Sessions hadn’t picked such a fraught analogy as the (of all things) Taliban, he’s still saying that the Republican minority in Congress should work like an “insurgency,” i.e. operate outside Congressional rules and procedures, in order to disrupt and obstruct the Democratic agenda.
Look, I know no major Democratic strategists read my tiny little blog. But come on. There is, very clearly, no good faith negotiating partner available for the Obama administration. The Republicans don’t care what the actual outcomes of policies are, they only care about their “team” “winning” and the Democratic “team” “losing”.
If it were remotely plausible that the Republicans wanted what’s best for all of America but disagreed on how to achieve that, I would be all for trying to work with them, compromising on some things, and embracing bipartisanship as a useful method for moving forward. But they are, in fact, utterly, brazenly, blatantly, opposed to bipartisanship. They say the word “bipartisan” a lot, but everything they actually do makes it clear that that word simply doesn’t mean the same thing to them that it does to everyone else. When a Republican talks about “bipartisanship,” he or she just means “doing what Republicans want, and not what Democrats want.”
Ugh. It’s tiring, belaboring this point; I don’t really know what the point is of my trying to emphasize it further. What could I, or anyone, conceivably say to persuade anyone not already convinced by the past month and a half that the Republicans have no interest in bipartisanship, compromise, progress, or indeed trying to fix the collapsing economy? It’s simply not on their radar screen — the only thing that matters is making the Democrats “lose”.
I don’t know if there’s any audio or video of Sessions’s remarks. I sincerely hope there is, and that the Democrats get hold of it. After eight years of hearing the right wing scream at the top of their lungs that the Democrats were traitors and on the side of the terrorists, the chairman of the NRCC holding up the Taliban as a model for the Republicans to emulate is something that ought to be hung around the neck of the whole party.
After all, if in 2005 Rahm Emanuel had made a similar statement, we’d still be hearing about it twenty years from now.
Democrats: nail them to the wall on this. They richly deserve it.