We should fight Obama with every breath. We should fight him on immigration, we should fight him on taxes and spending, we should fight him on Obamacare, and we should pursue to the fullest our investigations of Benghazi and Fast and Furious.
Why? Consider how our economy will look in four years. Possibilities:
- The Reagan scenario, where it comes roaring back to life.
We’d lose the presidential election in 2016, and become a minority party for a while. No amount of “bipartisanship” (AKA doing exactly what Democrats want) would change that.
- The Japan scenario, where zero interest rates and skyrocketing national debt have no apparent impact on the economy. It stays anemic, but not terrible.
We’d be back to 2004/2012 trench warfare. Democrats have proven that they can demagogue us to death by dividing the country every which way. Why co-operate with them when that’d only let them make further gains among, say, Hispanics, by taking credit for legalizing illegal aliens? In trench warfare, you don’t cross the trenches to hold hands and sing Kumbaya.
- The Weimar/Argentina/Greece scenario.
Will this happen? Everyone assumes that it’ll take more than a decade. But there is a real possibility that our economy may be terrifyingly bad in 2016: Europe could finally run out of ways to stave off collapse. The world could finally realize that we’re in even worse shape than Europe, leading to massive inflation and skyrocketing interest rates and unemployment. In that case, the party that is out of power will benefit greatly. Perhaps white voters, who vote Republican by “merely” 59-39 now, will finally respond to their status as an oppressed group by becoming 65-35 Republican. That would give Republicans large victories up and down the ballot.
In each of these scenarios, Republicans would benefit by not co-operating with Democrats.
Whether we co-operate with them or not, they’ll get credit if things get better.
Whether we co-operate with them or not, they’ll suffer if things get worse.
Our duty is to give voters a choice, not an echo. The rest is up to Ladies Fortune and Justice, both of whom owe us.