Dear House GOP: Give Up
Charles Krauthammer says it's time to stop trying to govern from the House
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 18, 2013 12:27 PM CST
In this Jan. 4, 2013, photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio walks to a strategy session with GOP members, on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – There is not, as conventional wisdom seems to indicate, some massive, irreconcilable rift between House and Senate Republicans. "What divides Republicans today is a straightforward tactical question," writes Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post: "Can you govern from one house of Congress? Should you even try?" Many House Republicans feel compelled to try. But party leaders are beginning to think that's a thankless job, and Krauthammer's starting to agree with them.

"Obama’s post-election arrogance and intransigence can put you in a fighting mood. I sympathize," he writes. But trying to force the agenda from a position of weakness rarely works, and you only end up taking the blame for upsetting markets. He suggests Republicans set more modest goals, blocking what they must but letting the system function. "Don't immolate yourself trying to save liberalism from itself," he advises. "Aren't you failing the country, say the insurgents? Answer: The country chose Obama. He gets four years." Click for his full column.

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kawahchan
Jan 19, 2013 10:58 AM CST
(R) 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: Sounds like ex-President Ronald Reagan told Tip O'Neil that his car is running out of gasoline soon ! Old Ron rode his horse to pick up Tip O'Neil to Capital Hill.
Daniel-from-TN
Jan 19, 2013 5:32 AM CST
The country voted him another four years? The jury is still out on that one. Claims of voter fraud are still under investigation nationwide. Challenges to his win are being mounted in several states. Finally, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments concerning his eligibility to be in office. Don't be too sure about another four years.
cornelison
Jan 18, 2013 8:17 PM CST
"Obama’s post-election arrogance?" Really Mr. Spak??? Is what you're really trying to say is that The President is an "uppity black?" Are only white men entitled to be CONFIDENT and show LEADERSHIP?