Six Years Too Late, Media Call Congressional Republicans ‘Traitors’

[Dailykos] “Traitors.” That’s the word the New York Daily News, certainly no friend of President Obama, used on Tuesday to describe the 47 Republican senators who signed an unprecedented letter to the Iranian leadership designed to sabotage the current nuclear negotiations. Sadly, the Daily News and other media outlets are about six years late in reaching that conclusion.


After all, with their record-setting use of the filibuster, unprecedented obstruction of judicial and executive branch nominees, threatened and actual government shutdowns, and most of all, their unheard of debt ceiling hostage-taking, Republicans have been undermining the federal government and the U.S. economy since Barack Obama first took the oath office in 2009.


Consider, for example, the GOP’s recurring threats to trigger a sovereign default by refusing to raise the debt ceiling. Until Republicans captured the House in the 2010 midterms, no party has had both of the votes and the intent to block a debt ceiling increase and thereby produce what new Speaker John Boehner deemed “financial disaster, not only for our country but for the worldwide economy.”



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