Friday, March 8, 2013 | 2 a.m.
Gridlock has always been a part of politics in our nation’s capital but never to the degree that exists today. Gridlock started the day President Barack Obama was inaugurated and prominent members of the GOP met to develop a strategy designed to make him a one-term president. That plan was confirmed when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said his top goal was to make Obama a one-term president. The results of the congressional races in 2010 brought gridlock when the Tea Party won a good number of seats, particularly in the House. Besides wanting to hold Obama to one term, the attitude became one of no compromise.
The goal of Obama being a one-term president failed but the spirit of gridlock carried on, propelled by the spirit of no compromise. The Tea Party somehow has managed to strike the fear of God in all GOP members in Congress. The fear of being defeated by their own party in their re-election bids trumps any hope of putting country first. Gridlock will not end when President Obama finishes his second term. It will exist as long as the Tea Party has a stranglehold on the rest of the GOP members. Gridlock via no compromise has and will continue to paralyze any attempts to do what is right for the American people.