It’s hypocritical to oppose Obama on virtually everything and then call him divisive

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

On the night that Barack Obama was first inaugurated in 2009, more than a dozen Republican leaders met privately in Washington and agreed among one another to fight the new president on anything and everything he might do or say.

Since then, GOP politicians generally have shown a distinct inclination to disagree with Obama on almost his every utterance. Then, too, many of them have joined with the right-wing noise machine in questioning Obama’s birthright, his patriotism, his religion and anything else that might come to mind.

The results,  not surprisingly, have been sharp political divisions in Washington and the nation as a whole. The ultimate hypocrisy in all of this is that these same Republicans who fight Obama on anything and everything also blame him for the divisiveness they themselves have wrought. They’ve rejected all of his offers of compromise and then faulted him for the gridlock that’s ensued.

Juan Williams of Fox News BLOWS THE WHISTLE on this hypocrisy:

One of the most often repeated Republican complaints about President Obama is that he has only made political polarization in Washington worse, despite having promised to end it.

The nation “has been bitterly divided by our president,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said in May at a GOP fundraiser in New Hampshire. Two years earlier, in South Carolina, he called Obama “the most divisive figure in modern American history.”

But in the last month the Republican hypocrisy in making that charge has revealed itself, even as the refrain has become deafening.

Last week, as the president announced military action against terrorists in the Middle East, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) said Republicans have no interest in holding a vote to authorize fighting the people beheading Americans. The reason the GOP favors inaction, Kingston explained, is that it leaves the way clear to pursue the party’s primary political strategy of constantly attacking the president.

“Republicans don’t want to change anything,” Kingston said. “We like the path we’re on. We can denounce it if it goes bad, and praise it if it goes well and ask what took him so long?”