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Opinion page editor Rick Holmes and other writers blog about national politics and issues. Holmes & Co. is a Blog for Independent Minds, a place for a free-flowing discussion of policy, news and opinion. This blog is the online cousin of the Opinion section of the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Mass. As such, our focus starts there and spreads to include Massachusetts, the nation and the world. Since successful blogs create communities of readers and writers, we hope the \x34& Co.\x34 will also come to include you.
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By Rob Meltzer
Dec. 31, 2013 5:10 p.m.



To think, it was a mere year ago that Obama stepped up for his second inauguration thinking he owned the world and that he had a license to convert America into a socialist workers paradise. And to think–he wasn’t sacked on the one yard line. He was intercepted and crushed at center field, brought down and broken. One year into a second term, and his sole achievement was the poor implementation of health insurance welfare program which is nothing more than a glorified national version of an insurance-industry driven law signed into law in Massachusetts by the Republican who Obama thinks he beat last November.

And the Republicans have much to crow about in stopping the Obama blitzkrieg. For one, reckless legislating was brought almost to a halt. A government shut down showed that a minority could wield power, and by the end of the year even Senate Democrats weren’t interested in having a beer with Obama, who skulked off to Hawaii at tax payer expense.

And we owe it all to the Tea Party. Even in choice of name, the Tea Party announces to the world that it considers itself an insurgency, fighting with the tools at its disposal. And the Tea Party doesn’t worry about bad press, because folks in the Tea Party remember that North Vietnamese lost Tet only to win the war. And the folks in the Tea Party remember that the North Vietnamese were brilliant scholars of the American Revolution.

In the upcoming elections, it won’t work for the Democrats to blame Republicans. Elections are about power and success, not failure and excuses. Obama and the Democrats promised and failed, or lied and kept their promise, depending on how you look at it. The notion that the Democrats coalition are hostile to Republicans doesn’t hold water. Voters go with the winners, and the truth is that if there is going to be any progress on key issues in the next two years, its going to come out of a Republican House and a Republican Senate. Voters don’t wring their hands and weep with the loser–they ask “what have you done for me lately?” And with a year full of failed domestic initiatives and foreign policy in which the US was repeatedly shut down by the Russians, the answer is “not much and not well.”

We can only hope for another year of no action, more cuts in taxing and spending and, maybe, some decisive action on those regulations which are strangling the economy. And hopefully next December 31 we’ll be looking forward to a solid Republican Congress and Senate ready to do the people’s business so ignored by a president more interested in selfies with world leaders than attending to the work to which he was elected.

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