In recent news, Republican Judd Gregg stepped down from his newly found position as the head of the Commerce department. He is quoted in the Washington Post as:
he focused on his unwillingness to be part of a team, particularly if he didn't believe in its views "110 percent."
Essentially, Obama had extended the olive branch to Republicans, making a bipartisan country where the best ideas from both sides can be pulled, debated, and used to fix our country, and the Republicans slapped it away.
Is it really that difficult to work with people or for people who have different opinions than yourself? Does one need to be able to agree and support 100% of their boss's ideas in order to bring competence and progress to the table? Sometimes I wonder how people like Gregg deal with everyday life without the ability to agree to disagree or compromise.
It is further proof, in my mind however, that the Republican party really is that sore over losing the election, and, will do anything to stunt the growth of the country, and their constituents in order to preserve their archaic ideologies and unwavering inability to to so much as work with anyone they disagree with. They label the Democrats as "pansies" and "spineless" when they work together and find compromises with the republican party on issues.
Perhaps if they didn't, they would be forced to either make compromises or risk showing their true colors.
That is to say, they place their political priorities over the well being of their constituents.
Gregg's decision, and the RNC's approval of the decision calling it a "rebuke of Obama's liberal agenda" will turn out to be a large political mistake. First and foremost, if they are refusing to take positions offered to them, then they are willingly giving up power. Perhaps they believe that they can then turn on the Liberal Agenda Conspiracy theories, but of course we all know you can't claim a conspiracy power grab when the positions were willfully refused. They could have some modicum of power and a platform to share their ideas, but opt not to.
Perhaps they haven't any good ideas.
The other problem is that it makes them look bad. As if they could look any worse after the last eight years, and McCain's terrible campaign the remaining players opt to act like unhappy children, stomping off the playground, taking their elephant toys with them. The moderate Republican voter base, and the independent scene must be looking at them in awe right now. Perhaps even disappointment that they can't find it in their hearts and minds to make amends, and focus on the needs of the country, rather than ideological fodder.
Placing one's political party over the needs of the people in the areas one represents sounds eerily familiar to another type of political ideology. But I'll leave it to you to guess what that is.