Magazine April 20, 2009, Issue

How We Fight

(Roman Genn)
The right way to take on the Obama administration

The Republican party is now consolidated in its opposition to President Obama. Most of its members have decided that his central political project is to bring social democracy to these shores. While bipartisanship may be possible on a case-by-case basis, Republicans cannot cooperate in that project. The party’s congressmen were nearly unanimous in rejecting the Obama-Pelosi stimulus, and Republican voters’ approval of the new president has dropped quite a bit.

The consolidation of the opposition party is not enough to guarantee its success. Republicans are a minority in the country and the Congress. Independents and disaffected Democrats would have to join …

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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