Michael Gerson is an idiot
But you knew that. He and Steve Benen have been in a blog spat about Steve's GOP sabotage post. Gerson's weak response attempts to spin it into a hysterical lefty conspiracy theory to cover up the alleged failures of liberalism. Benen reminds Gerson that he ignored the obvious facts:
It's against this backdrop that congressional Republicans have vowed to take capital out of the economy, create more public-sector unemployment, eliminate effective jobs programs, urge the Federal Reserve to stop focusing on lowering unemployment, and fight tooth and nail to protect a tax policy that's been tried for nearly a decade without success. By their own admission, GOP officials have said economic growth is not their priority; Hoover-like deficit reduction is.Limbaugh made that clear early on and the GOP eagerly followed their leader ever since. And they don't just want to discredit Obama, they want to destroy liberalism. It's their life long dream.
While advocating this agenda, one of the most powerful Republican officials on Capitol Hill has argued, more than once, that his "top priority" isn't job creation, but rather, "denying President Obama a second term in office."