Will Republicans Protect Their Constituencies?

Robert ReichRobert Reich seems have come over to my way of thinking. As I wrote back in November, bipartisanship can bite me! The point I was making was that this idea that congressional Republicans should go along with Obama just because he won a national election is madness. They should do what is right for their constituencies.

Reich writes:

House Republicans don’t run nationally. They run only in their own districts—which, because of gerrymandering, are growing even more purely Republican. Their major concern is being reelected in 2014, and their biggest potential obstacle in their way is a primary challenge from the right.

I couldn’t have put it any more perfectly than that.

Of course, the devil is in the details. One thing that is not good for any congressional district is a recession brought on by ignoring the Fiscal Cliff or allowing the federal government to default over the debt ceiling. This is totally different from a disagreement over welfare funding. I don’t agree with this idea, but I can see that a conservative might truly believe that depriving the poor of welfare could be good for them. But doing major damage to the whole United States economy is a a different matter altogether. Anyone who allows that is not looking out for their constituency.

This takes us back to what I wrote about earlier today: revolutionary Republicans. We will see if these people are willing to destroy our economy. I don’t expect a politician to be moved by anyone else’s constituency but their own. But to do what is wrong for your own constituency just to harm others’ is totally unacceptable. Sadly, I’m not sure that many Republicans won’t do just that.

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