GOP defeats Susan Rice and Michigan unions
The Kansas City Star
It’s odd listening to Democrats complain about the mean old GOP and how its U.S. senators forced Susan Rice to withdraw as a Secretary of State candidate and how Michigan’s Republican lawmakers brazenly approved a right-to-work law this week.
What did Democrats think the GOP was going to do after the November elections? Roll over and play dead?
No, the Republicans are using the muscle they still have left to achieve the change they want.
And the GOP strategies are working.
In the case of Rice, she and President Barack Obama couldn’t stand the fact that the administration’s Benghazi failures would have been brought up for weeks on end by John McCain and other Republican senators during her confirmation. So she bowed out.
The GOP played hardball in this case and won. The MSNBC panelists will complain that McCain and others besmirched Rice’s reputation, calling her dumb and otherwise being demeaning to her.
But the Republicans will just shrug their shoulders and point to the scoreboard.
They won. It’s called politics in Washington, D.C., and Rice - and Obama - lost this round.
As for Michigan, the people’s elected representatives and their Republican governor made the decision to plunge ahead at the end of the year to kick unions in the groin.
But it doesn’t really matter that lots of union representatives and Democratic legislators cried out against what they saw as unfairly taking advantage of the workers of Michigan.
The Republicans had the power to get done what they wanted to get done. They took their opportunity to do so.
If the Democrats and unions don’t like it, they need to elect new people to the legislature and select a new governor.
But for now, the GOP is riding high nationally with the rejection of Rice as U.S. secretary of state and the adoption of right-to-work laws in Michigan.
Anybody want to bet against John Boehner and his crew outfoxing Obama and the Democrats on the fiscal cliff issue, too?