Re: “Republicans playing chicken with economy, nukes” (David Broder column, 11-21).
Broder states that “Republicans are being assertive about their views and challenging Democrats.” It appears he believes the Republicans should rubber-stamp Democrats’ progressive agenda, particularly concerning the Bush tax cuts and the U.S./Russian nuclear treaty coming before a lame-duck Congress.
Liberal pundits have already started a partisan political war, that is, no compromise on the Obama agenda with, they think, uncompromising Republicans.
However, the Republicans know they got a mandate from the voters on Nov. 2. Republican deviation from that mandate will destroy the Republican Party and any voice the voters have in American policy in the short term.
The progressive establishment’s war is with the voters who on Nov. 2 expressed their views, not the Republicans’. The American voters will prevail eventually.
Sadly, The News Tribune headlined the Broder column with “Republicans playing chicken with economy, nukes” – a radical headline supporting the progressives against the will of most Americans. A neutral headline would simply state: “Republicans challenging Democrats.”