Friday, August 31, 2012

NY Times shines a light on Republican obstruction

In today's lead editorial the New York Times in uncommonly blunt terms calls out the Republican party for sacrificing the American economy and security to destroy the Obama presidency.  I've never read such a harshly worded editorial in a major publican.

The Times editors took exception to Romney's claim, "that his party rallied behind President Obama when he won in 2008, hoping that he would succeed.."
The truth, rarely heard this week in Tampa, Fla., is that the Republicans charted a course of denial and obstruction from the day Mr. Obama was inaugurated, determined to deny him a second term by denying him any achievement, no matter the cost to the economy or American security — even if it meant holding the nation’s credit rating hostage to a narrow partisan agenda.

Mr. Romney’s big speech, delivered in a treacly tone with a strange misty smile on his face suggesting he was always about to burst into tears, was of a piece with the rest of the convention. Republicans have offered precious little of substance but a lot of bromides (“A free world is a more peaceful world!”) meant to convey profundity and take passive-aggressive digs at President Obama. But no subjects have received less attention, or been treated with less honesty, than foreign affairs and national security — and Mr. Romney’s banal speech was no exception.
To the extent that any Republicans ever see this editorial,they will write if off as liberal bias, but the editors are right and the GOP guilty has charged. So why has the Gray Lady taken so long to take a stand?

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