Obama Agenda Now a Political 'Parenthesis'

Charles Krauthammer exults, while Paul Krugman slams 'triumph of the wrong'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2014 1:24 PM CST
Obama Agenda Now a Political 'Parenthesis'
President Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Democrats had to figure they'd be taking their lumps in the wake of the election, and Charles Krauthammer obliges today with this slam: Tuesday's vote "marks the final collapse of Obamaism, a species of left liberalism so intrusive, so incompetently executed, and ultimately so unpopular that it will be seen as a parenthesis in American political history," he writes in the Washington Post. His larger point in the column, however, is that the results were not so much an endorsement of the GOP as a rejection of Democrats. He says Republicans should take full advantage with an aggressive legislative strategy—"say, a bill a week for the first 10 weeks," on everything from the Keystone pipeline to comprehensive tax reform.

"Pass legislation," he writes. "When Obama signs, you’ve shown seriousness and the ability to govern. When he vetoes, you’ve clarified the differences between party philosophies and prepared the ground for 2016." For a counterpoint, see Paul Krugman at the New York Times, who complains that "it’s not often that a party that is so wrong about so much does as well as Republicans did on Tuesday." He goes through the particulars on economic policy, climate change, and health reform, and says Republicans prevailed because they discovered that "obstructionism bordering on sabotage is a winning political strategy." Will things change now that they have more control? "I guess we'll find out." Click for his full column, or for Krauthammer's full column. (Read more midterm elections stories.)

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