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Byron Williams: A good shellacking in November might bring GOP back to reality [View all]

Oakland Tribune contributing columnist
Copyright 2011, Bay Area News Groupcontracostatimes.com


In December I opined in this column that perhaps the best thing that could happen to the Republican Party is to sustain a good shellacking in the November election.

A number of readers took umbrage, choosing to dismiss it as liberal bias rather than to examine the merits of the argument.

Last week, two scholars -- Thomas Mann from the liberal Brookings Institute and Norman Ornstein from the more conservative American Enterprise Institute -- reached a similar conclusion.

They state unequivocally that the blame for the current dysfunction in Washington lies at the feet of the Republican Party.

In an opinion piece in the Washington Post last week they wrote:

"In our past writings, we have criticized both parties when we believed it was warranted. Today, however, we have no choice but to acknowledge that the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party."

"We cannot negotiate with those who say, 'What's mine is mine and what's yours is negotiable.' "

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http://www.insidebayarea.com/columns/ci_20546231/byron-williams-good-shellacking-november-might-bring-gop

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