This morning’s Wall Street Journal headline: “Wth Democrats’ Gain, a New Divide: Threat of Gridlock Looms As Republicans Lose in Key Battlegrounds.”
Let’s see. “New” divide? As if the nation’s politics haven’t been bitterly divided for years?
As to the “threat of gridlock,” it’s hard to imagine what “gridlock” could be any more paralyzed and ineffectual than the previous congressional term. With a clear majority in both houses and the White House, the GOP was unable to do anything except prosecute a disastrously bungled war and implode into a mess of shame and scandal. If that’s “getting things done,” I’ll take the new gridlock any day!
This is important to watch — it’s one of the many spin-memes the Republicans will be tossing out in coming days. “Beware of gridlock! Democrats must roll over and play dead for the president or it will harm the nation!” This and similar notions deserve to be skewered early and often.
UPDATE: I notice that the online version of the story now has a less ridiculous headline: “Democrats Take Control of House: Divided Government Looms As Voters Seek Change; Senate Outcome Close.” So somebody’s still awake over there.
[tags]congress, elections 2006, wall street journal[/tags]
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