For three decades now, three facts have been true:
- Republicans have been determined to have no adversaries to their right.
- Democrats have been willing, sometimes eager, to take any shit-ass deal that they can spin as half a loaf, even if it's really just a moldy crust of bread that no one in his right mind would eat, lest he get ergotamine poisoning and suffer Republican accusations of witchcraft.
- The village media of provincial Washington D.C.has made a fetish of calling for bipartisanship.
In response, Republicans have continually moved further and further to the extreme right. If the press is going to call for a Solomonic division of the baby and the Democrats are going to cave and go along, why shouldn't the Republicans stake out an extreme position? It's rational - in the feeble sense that economists use.
Democrats need to stop playing along. Republicans are our adversaries. They can't be reasoned with. They can't be bargained with. And they will not stop until they kill the New Deal.