‘It comes down to a simple choice’

‘IT COMES DOWN TO A SIMPLE CHOICE’…. I’ve been fascinated lately by leading Republicans who’ve gone out of their way to argue that they have no intention of compromising with anyone in the coming years, regardless of merit or popular will.

As it turns out, the White House seemed to find it pretty interesting, too. In President Obama’s weekly address this morning, the president emphasized the importance of policymakers working together, regardless of the election results, to solve problems.

“Whatever the outcome on Tuesday, we need to come together to help put people who are still looking for jobs back to work,” Obama noted.” And there are some practical steps we can take right away to promote growth and encourage businesses to hire and expand. These are steps we all should be able to agree on — not Democratic or Republican ideas, but proposals that have traditionally been supported by both parties.”

I think phrases like “traditionally been” are used as a reminder to note how extreme the current crop of Republicans is, even by Republican standards.

But the president also noted how “troubling” it was to hear “the top two Republicans in Congress” foreswear good-faith negotiations: “The Republican leader of the House actually said that ‘this is not the time for compromise.’ And the Republican leader of the Senate said his main goal after this election is simply to win the next one.

“I know that we’re in the final days of a campaign. So it’s not surprising that we’re seeing this heated rhetoric. That’s politics. But when the ballots are cast and the voting is done, we need to put this kind of partisanship aside — win, lose, or draw.

“In the end, it comes down to a simple choice. We can spend the next two years arguing with one another, trapped in stale debates, mired in gridlock, unable to make progress in solving the serious problems facing our country. We can stand still while our competitors — like China and others around the world — try to pass us by, making the critical decisions that will allow them to gain an edge in new industries.

“Or we can do what the American people are demanding that we do. We can move forward. We can promote new jobs and businesses by harnessing the talents and ingenuity of our people. We can take the necessary steps to help the next generation — instead of just worrying about the next election. We can live up to an allegiance far stronger than our membership in any political party. And that’s the allegiance we hold to our country.”

If you listen closely outside the RNC, you can probably hear staffers laughing at the very idea.