Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan had not finished deconstructing their campaign apparatus after the Nov. 6 elections, before their supporters in Harford County decided to serve up wine made out of their sour grapes upon reading my friend Wendy Sawyer's comments that stated (correctly) a majority of the country and the State of Maryland supports not only the policies of President Obama, but also they helped erode gains made by the GOP in the 2010 election in the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
Ray Gayo's comments that Democrats have been a tool of obstructionism could not be more wrong. Let us not forget that it was the Senate Republicans who filibustered bills and blocked nominations for various presidential appointments in record numbers since the Democrats took back control following the 2006 elections. In the past two years, it was the House Republicans under Speaker John Boehner who nearly brought the government to shutdown over funding to Planned Parenthood and brought the credit ratings agencies to lower their bond rating on the United States. Let's hope they don't do the same thing before Jan. 1, 2013 when the country is set to go over a fiscal cliff, from which it may take us even longer to recover, making the mess President Bush left behind look like spilled milk.
Kevin McNamara's position that the Democratic Party wants the opposition to simply cast aside their principles in favor of our agenda is absurd. Since taking office, President Obama has adopted several positions initially supported by the GOP, from Cap and Trade to the DREAM Act to the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"). The Republicans, meanwhile, continued their obstruction even against ideas they were once proud to champion.
Simply put, the majority of the country likes President Obama as well as Democratic and progressive principles. As I learned after 2002 and 2004, I as a progressive learned to work harder to help get victory for my principles. Messrs. Gayo, McNamara and Robert Kranz need to do the same.
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