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January 5, 2011

MEET THE NEW GOP, SAME AS THE OLD GOP.... Dana Milbank has a helpful summary today, emphasizing the speed with which the new House Republican majority has forgotten all of the principles they said were important when the GOP was in the minority.

For two years, [House Majority Leader Eric] Cantor and his colleagues campaigned against high deficits. Now, in the new majority's first major act, they plan to vote to increase the deficit by $143 billion as part of a repeal of health-care reform.

For two years, Cantor and his colleagues bemoaned the Democrats' abuse of House rules to circumvent committees and to prevent Republicans from offering amendments. Now, Cantor confirmed on Tuesday, Republicans will employ the very same abuses as they attempt the repeal.

For two years, the Republicans complained about unrelenting Democratic partisanship. Now they're planning no fewer than 10 investigations of the Obama administration, and the man leading most of those has already branded Obama's "one of the most corrupt administrations" in history.

For two years, the Republican minority vowed to return power to the people. Now the House Republican majority is asking lobbyists which regulations to repeal, hiring lobbyists to key staff positions and hobnobbing with lobbyists at big-ticket Washington fundraisers.

For those who follow developments on the Hill closely, this isn't exactly new. For those who follow Republicans closely, it isn't exactly a surprise, either.

Indeed, as we talked about Monday, the Republican leadership has already hired Tom DeLay's aides to help run the chamber; corporate lobbyists have been brought on to shape policy; and the K Street project that John Boehner swore to leave in the past is looking reconstituted.

But I'm glad to see Milbank state it so plainly anyway. He's an establishment voice in good standing, and the more the conventional wisdom is shaped with a simple truth -- Republicans are abandoning promises and principles from the get-go, looking a lot like their old selves -- the greater the GOP challenge in establishing a narrative about breaking with the past.

Steve Benen 10:25 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (12)

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You forgot the "yeah, but".......Milbank also said that in doing this the Republicans were just aping what the Dems had been doing.
Yeah, right.

Posted by: Larry Reilly on January 5, 2011 at 10:27 AM | PERMALINK

Maybe Broder will read Millbank's column and cry out for bipartisanship ...

Posted by: Lifelong Dem on January 5, 2011 at 10:33 AM | PERMALINK

They can't break with the past. It's all they've got!
Heaven forfend they have any idea's for the future, except to take the country back to the "Articles of Confederation."
Or, the Confederacy itself. The Constitution they seem to like was the one for the CSA, not the USA.

Posted by: c u n d gulag on January 5, 2011 at 10:45 AM | PERMALINK

The article should have been titled "OLD TEAM SAME RULES"

Agree with Larry about the Beltway's incessant need to "balance" every single article they write when bashing Repubs.

Dems bent over backwards in good faith to address the complaints of the obstructionist Republicans.

I highly doubt there will be a similar effort now the shoe is on the other foot.

Instead we will be treated to this sort of Beltway false equivalence for the next 2 years

Posted by: lib4 on January 5, 2011 at 10:45 AM | PERMALINK

It's strange how, in the age of the Internet and Google, when everything is recorded for posterity and easily recalled via YouTube or a quick search of the archives, people's memories seem to be getting weaker and shorter.

Maybe because the computer age has also become an ego-driven Photoshop age, where reality can be easily manipulated digitally, and made to fit whatever narrative we wish to reinforce. Truth is in the eye of the beholder, I guess.

Posted by: delNorte on January 5, 2011 at 10:51 AM | PERMALINK

All of this will only matter when those who voted for their Republican representatives realize they are not getting the representation for which they voted and begin to regret the vote. This means the so-called independent voters who can not make a commitment and swing whichever way the wind blows. Teabaggers, pejorative intended, will vote for even more reactionary candidates next time. Independents may see the light and vote for Democratic candidates next time; but, hopefully there won't be too many conservative Dems who make it past primaries (please find a credible challenger to Heath Shuler in the Democratic party).

Posted by: withay on January 5, 2011 at 10:55 AM | PERMALINK

Golly, you'd almost think the Republicans weren't arguing in good faith these past two years.

Posted by: Gregory on January 5, 2011 at 10:58 AM | PERMALINK

How nice of Dana to point out that "unrelenting Democratic partisanship". It's so white of him.

Posted by: Neo on January 5, 2011 at 11:38 AM | PERMALINK

Having read this Milbank OpEd earlier this morning, I am wondering if Benen & I read the same one!

For every bit of pointing at what the Congressional Rethug leadership is doing, there seems to be a direct or indirect pointing at Pelosi and the previous dem leadership. Milbank's point seemed to more to compare 'bad leadership' of the repukes to that of dems.

To me, it seemed to be more of the false equivalency bullshit.

Posted by: SadOldVet on January 5, 2011 at 11:53 AM | PERMALINK

For two years, the Republican minority vowed to return power to the people. Now the House Republican majority is asking lobbyists which regulations to repeal [...] -- Millbank

Lobbyists are people, too, don't you remember (Hillary Clinton, '08 campaign)?

It's strange how, in the age of the Internet and Google, when everything is recorded for posterity and easily recalled via YouTube or a quick search of the archives, people's memories seem to be getting weaker and shorter. -- del Norte, @10:51

Not strange at all. Memory, like everything else, needs constant exercise. When people had to memorise everything (poems, quotes, speeches) from an early age, their memories were longer. Now that everything can be checked, easily, there's no motivation to commit anything to memory.

Posted by: exlibra on January 5, 2011 at 1:14 PM | PERMALINK

Yeah, but tri-cornered hats w/teabags hanging off them mean that it's all good, right?

-Z

Posted by: Zorro on January 5, 2011 at 3:02 PM | PERMALINK

You have to love the spectacle of a guy twice charged with grand theft auto leading the parade to investigate corruption. Only a brainwashed Republican would expect anyone to take this seriously.

Posted by: max on January 5, 2011 at 4:22 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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