But there is another way to view the GOP political strategy, as neither principled nor reactive to the rantings of Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and the Tea Partiers. It is that the Republicans are following a playbook that has evolved over more than four decades, to regain power by sabotaging Democratic presidents.I see that one reason for the power grab is that it is lucrative, both for the people in office and the 1% who put them there.
In this analysis, the Republicans believe they can reclaim the lucrative levers of national authority by making the country as ungovernable as possible while a Democrat is in the White House, essentially holding governance hostage until they are restored to power. Then, the Democrats are expected to behave as a docile opposition “for the good of the country” (and usually do).
Perry goes on to show how that strategy has been used against the last four Democratic presidents.
Nixon sabotaged Johnson's Vietnam peace talks in 1968.
Reagan pulled an October Surprise sabotaging Carter's Iran Hostage negotiations. Reagan, followed by Bush I, built up the conservative think-tanks and talking heads to praise GOP governmental efforts -- and viciously attack Clinton, leading to the 1994 Contract with America and Newt Gingrich's House takeover.
And now they are doing the same to Obama.
They do it because the don't care for the country and especially about the 20,000 additional soldiers who died in Vietnam and the Americans held in longer captivity in Iran. They only care about the power and their wallets.
They keep doing it because it works.