The Single Worst Thing That Could Happen to Liberalism

Greg Sargent outlines one “nightmare” scenario should Republicans win the White House and take the Senate:

If Republicans regain the Senate, will they seek to reform the filibuster, sweeping away an obstacle that bedeviled Dems and making it far easier for them to enact their own agenda with a simple Senate majority? […]

“Here is a once in a lifetime chance to implement real revolutionary change, and once we do it it will be years before it can be undone by a Democratic president,” [Norm] Ornstein says, characterizing likely GOP thinking. “If you believe that Americans will love deregulation and budget cuts once they get them, you’re going to take the big long term hit to get the short term gain.”

There’s no question that Republicans would use a narrow Senate majority to end the filibuster in the event of a Republican presidency; the current GOP has never had much use for rules or norms that don’t advance their priorities. The filibuster was perfect for blocking Obama and obstructing his legislative agenda; if the shoe falls on the other foot, Republican senators will quickly dispense with the tactic in favor of “up or down votes” and the “will of the people.” (No one will question the fact that this didn’t apply when Democrats held the presidency, 59 Senate seats and a large House majority.)

It should be said that, as bad as this would be for liberal priorities, it’s not the worst thing that would happen as a result of a Republican presidency in 2013. For that we can look to the economy, which barring something catastrophic will improve. As a result of their association with the recovery, Republicans will ride on a wave of gratitude as the party that “saved” America from the worst recession since the Great Depression. The GOP will emerge as the dominant party for another decade or two, and that, more than any rule change, is a nightmare for the long-term success of the liberal project.


Not likely the Republicans will be able to implement the tax and spending cuts they are promising to get elected. Any serious Federal spending reductions will immediately show up in a slowdown in the economy and a rise in unemployment, and cuts in taxes will increase the deficit, both of which will not make voters very happy. Look for a further downgrade in America's credit standing at best, and a new major recession at worst. A success in 2012 may well signal the death of the Republican party.

Econ 101, increase W2 paying work, increases automatically DC revenue.
Econ 102, decrease EPA, OSHA, DOE, USDA restrictive regs, increases W2 paying work, increases DC revenue.
Econ 103, Increase technological W2 paying work, IE Engineering projects, Drilling projects, Refining Projects, Nuclear Building Projects, Deep/shallow Drilling Projects, Manufacturing projects AKA Pipeline, drilling equipment, construction equipment, research labs for drilling technology, Increases W2 paying work and the rest is an economy that is anathema to the Cloward Piven Theories of Econ. Essentially, Shut off the Restrictive DC hand at the throat of the US Electorate and even the Lefties will have opportunities to provide that wonders of wonders, a W 2 Paycheck.
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The Right always attack regulations as restricting business but I have never seen anyone put out a specific list of regulations and how they hurt industry. The anti reg nonsense is a Republican non existent strawman. However I do agree that increase W2 paychecks does increase Federal revenue. So start with kicking up the Minimum Wages to the poverty level. Or better yet give every full time worker in the country a $1.00 per hour raise. That would increase federal Social Security, Medicare and Income Tax revenue by 60 or 70 billion dollars a year.

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