by JOHN CASHON
It's 2009 and Barack Obama has just been inaugurated as the President of the United States. The Republicans have lost big in the election and they are asking themselves what to do now.
The country is going through a damaging recession and millions have lost their jobs and the housing market is in shambles. We have been in this situation before. In 1929, the 'Great Depression' began. The Republicans begin looking for similarities to be able to place blame on the new President.
Herbert Hoover was the President in 1929 and history does not look kindly on his efforts to help the suffering people of the United States. Is there any way the Republican's can duplicate history by making President Obama the new Hoover?
To do this, they need to make sure the economy doesn't get better by the next election, but how? Ah-Ha! Make sure he cannot pass anything that is effective with helping the economy. Make sure he is a one-term president like Hoover and hang all the troubles caused by the previous administration on President Obama's shoulders.
The Republicans don't have control of the House and the Senate, so it is going to be a tough time trying to block anything that would make the President look good. The President helps get the Stimulous Bill passed and when he tries to produce legislation to help cure the ills of the faulty Health Care system in the United States, the Republicans are delighted when the far right Tea Party rises up from the grassroots to oppose it.
The Tea Party is their answer so their next tactical move is to pander to this new group and make sure they back them against the President at all costs. It doesn't matter that some of them are hostile to the Republican establishment because the ultimate goal is all that matters.
The Affordable Healthcare Act is passed but the Tea Party explodes in rage and the Republicans know they have a winner. Just keep backing the Tea Party and everything will be okay.
It's 2010 and the Midterm Elections are in full swing. The Republicans begin to see some of the hazards of backing the far right Tea Party movement when many of the Republican establishment's candidates are knocked out the election in the primaries by the Tea Party. Also, many in the Tea Party helped further the 'Birther Movement' saying that the President was born in Kenya and therefore could not be our president.
No matter, the Republican's still have their plan to discredit the President. They will continue to back the Tea Party. What are a few bumps in the road compared to that goal?
The Tea Party helps the Republicans win big in the Midterms. The Republicans won back the House of Representatives, so they finally have the ability to block the President and the Democrat's legislation attempts.
They didn't win the Senate, but no matter, they have the filibuster to stop all legisation, and even though it has never been used as much as now in the history of the United States, it is a great gift to be able to filibuster without the need of staying on the House floor to maintain it, and they use it to full affect, because the main goal is to get President Obama out of office.
It's 2011 and the House of Representatives is flexing its muscles and stopping anything from being passed if introduced by the President or the Democrats. The Debt Ceiling is being debated and the Tea Party has taken a stand for no compromise with the Democrats. They want only their ideas to be pushed through and no other because they believe they have a mandate from the population, no matter if that population is divided almost evenly. The United States' credit-rating is downgraded.
The Republican establishment is helpless to direct the Tea Party Caucus in the House away from their arguments of absolutely no compromise before the downgrade, and the media begins to ask who is effectively in charge now. It doesn't matter though, the main goal is to get the President out of office.
Now it's 2012 and the Presidential Election is in full swing. Now the Republicans will finally see if their tactics have worked. They continually ask the populous if President Obama's policies have helped the struggling population.
They know their tactics have been working to some degree. The populous is still divided almost evenly and their chances are as good as they could have believed in 2009. The Republicans have again had difficult primary battles with the Tea Party, but they soldier on through the election.
Will the electorate agree with them and agree that President Obama is the next Herbert Hoover or will they believe President Obama is the next Franklin Roosevelt? Does it matter that Hoover's policies were the same as theirs and President Obama's are like Roosevelt's?
Time will tell if the Republican tactics worked, and if they do, will the Republicans still be winners even though the far right has taken over their party and removed all of the moderate voices? That is another question all together.