Two of the most important features of the Republican campaign to control as much of Congress as they can get in 2014 and take back the White House in 2016 have shown up in the past couple of days.
First we have the latest sign that, as part of their effort to control the votes of the Electoral College, they are increasing their pressure on state legislatures. Virginia is the latest.
No less important is their effort to discredit Hillary Clinton. Rand Paul, who intends to run in 2016, got one of his campaign video clips this morning.
Jonathan Chait writes in Daily Intel today:
Republicans have used their control of the House to provoke an endless series of crises. If they so choose, they can continue — they can shut down the government, they can block administrators, they can begin impeachment — to create the kind of political and economic chaos that would make any progress vastly more complicated.
The necessary predicate is for Republicans to accept Obama as a legitimate president. They greeted the outset of his presidency by opposing everything and hoping to replace him in 2012, and their 2010 victory greatly encouraged their belief they could succeed. But Obama’s reelection has shaken up the party’s self-confidence. Republicans may not like Obama, but they have given up their hope that they can define his entire presidency as a massive failure. (Last summer, Romney’s campaign anticipated “not merely a 51-49 win but a run-the-table walloping that will send Obama into the history books as an undisputed calamity for America.”)
It’s significant that Republicans have let go of their dream that Obama will be the next Jimmy Carter. Matthew Continetti in the Washington Free Beacon glumly advises the party to “face the reality of Obama’s success.” ...Daily Intel
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