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"I believe that If we're successful in this election, when we're successful in this election, that the fever may break, because there's a tradition in the Republican Party of more common sense than that. My hope, my expectation, is that after the election, now that it turns out that the goal of beating Obama doesn't make much sense because I'm not running again, that we can start getting some cooperation again," Obama said.
The challenge for Mr. Obama became evident as soon as he took office, when Republicans almost unanimously opposed his economic stimulus package even as the recession was erasing nearly 800,000 jobs a month. The author Robert Draper opened his recent book about the House, “Do Not Ask What Good We Do,” with an account from Republican leaders who dined together on the night of Mr. Obama’s 2009 inauguration and agreed that the way to regain power was to oppose whatever he proposed.
Short version....if Obama is in favor of something, Republicans are against it. Here's an extra-special example...
In early 2010 Republican senators, including the minority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, demanded that Mr. Obama endorse bipartisan legislation to create a deficit-reduction commission. But when he finally did so, they voted against the bill, killing it.
So, the "fever" is obviously a specific sickness that Republican officials contracted the moment Barack Obama was declared the winner of the 2008 presidential election. That would run parallel with Mr. Conservative, Rush Limbaugh's decree just before Obama took his first oath of office...."I hope he fails."
No question, the GOP "fever" that Obama and Biden hoped would break after their re-election, has been a concerted and pre-meditated strategy of nullification over our democracy not unlike the various and sundry GOP statehouse efforts to nullify federal laws....abortion, immigration, gun regulations, etc.
It is true that for just a bit over 4 months in 2009, Democrats ostensibly had 60 votes in the Senate. But except for that brief window, elected Republicans have, in essence, nullified Barack Obama's presidency.
The GOP "fever" has been particularly egregious as seen in conservative animosity toward workers and organized labor. The National Labor Relations Board has been targeted for extinction by the fevered party. Nullifying any and all efforts by the NLRB, or eliminating the Board altogether, is how Republican officials have rewarded their very wealthy campaign contributors.
The same has been true with the Consumer Financial Protection Agency. Setting up and operating the CFPA was approved by Congress and signed into law by Obama. But over 3 years later.....the appointment of a director is still being nullified by fevered Republicans....
The average wait for confirmation of circuit and district court nominees in Obama’s first term stretched to 227 days, from 176 days in Bush’s first term and 98 days in President Bill Clinton’s first term, according to an analysis by Russell Wheeler, a fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington.
The "fever", caused by the same "infection" that Republicans had during the impeachment of Bill Clinton's Penis, is not a fever at all. It's a strategy. The same strategy the Confederates used before they launched their terrorist attack on the United States of America.
Today's bloodless Civl War is but a thousand political terrorist attacks of nullification in direct contradiction of the will of the people. This GOP strategy is oversimplified when labeled a fever. Fevers are usually temporary. Today's GOP "fever" has been running for 5 years straight. The GOP strategy is anti-democratic, a strategy concocted to nullify the will of the majority. The GOP today is not an opposition party, let alone a loyal opposition party. Instead, the fevered GOP is today an enemy of both democracy and the will of the people.