The Republican Party’s Post-Election Meltdown


Just to keep score, in the six weeks since the election Republicans have:

  • Shamefully smeared Susan Rice in order to prevent her nomination as secretary of state.
  • Shown themselves completely unwilling to compromise with President Obama over fiscal cliff legislation.
  • Begun a campaign to block the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense.
  • Almost unanimously refused to set up state healthcare exchanges to implement Obamacare.

This is after an election in which they decisively lost the presidency, lost eight seats in the House, and lost two seats in the Senate. Six weeks after.

Anyone who thought Republicans might be in a mood to face reality after their shellacking in November should be well disabused of this notion by now. By my reckoning, they’ve actually gotten worse.

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