This is a time of unusual, even stunning, Republican political incompetence.[Gloating about 2012 Presidential loss, Fox News unreality, and general hardening of the stances of the Republican batshit crazy core removed]
Think about it this way: Has there been a single instance in the last few years when you said, “Wow, the Republicans really played that one brilliantly”?
No, but every time I see a 5-4 Roberts Court decision, or look at all the sand that’s been thrown in the gears of Obamacare, or hear about state government in Ohio, Wisconsin and Michigan, or browse the backlog of Senate appointments, or look at the composition of the House, I think they’re playing chess while the Democrats are playing “Go Fish”.
Were Republicans stunningly incompetent when they took over enough statehouses and governor’s mansions to gerrymander themselves into a decade of control of the House? How about when they worked the refs (and some squishy Democratic Senators) on the filibuster so hard that you’d think that the Constitution mandates a 60 vote majority in the Senate? If that’s incompetence, perhaps the Democrats need to become less competent so we can get some of our agenda passed through Congress and signed by the President.
(This is via Kevin Drum, who makes some other good points about why Waldman’s piece is nonsense.)