The definition of compromise is when two sides meet in the middle on an issue. But the Indiana Tea Party candidate who defeated long-time Republican Senator Richard Lugar on Tuesday night has his own definition of the word. In Richard Mourdock’s small mind, compromise is when Democrats agree with everything Republicans want.
Mourdock appeared on MSNBC with Chuck Todd on Wednesday morning and said as much.
￼”I certainly think bipartisanship ought to consist of Democrats coming to the Republican point of view,” Mourdock declared. “If we [win the House, Senate, and White House], bipartisanship means they have to come our way, and if we’re successful in getting the numbers, we’ll work towards that.”
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So when Democrats won overwhelming majorities in both houses of Congress and captured the White House in 2008, in Mourdock’s opinion, the loser should have to work with the winner. But as we all know, that didn’t happen. In fact, Republicans started a vicious two year cycle of partisanship, blocking nominations made by President Obama and refusing to compromise on any and all legislation, even legislation that Republicans once supported. Republicans did this all in their effort to make President Obama and America fail so they could make Obama a one term President. In 2010, Republicans captured the House and claimed they had a mandate and all of a sudden Republicans expected Democrats to just bow down to Republican demands without a debate. Republicans, meanwhile, still refused and continue to refuse to compromise with Democrats in the Senate. And that will only get worse if Mourdock wins Lugar’s seat in November.
Mourdock doubled down on his definition of compromise during an interview on CNN with Soledad O’Brien, saying that one way or another conservatives will dominate.
MOURDOCK: “What I’ve said about compromise and bipartisanship is I hope to build a conservative majority in the United States Senate so that bipartisanship becomes Democrats joining Republicans to roll back the size of government, reduce the bureaucracy, lower taxes and get America moving again.”
O’BRIEN: “What I hear you say is you are not going to compromise. In fact, the only compromise you’ll do is really getting other people on the other side of the aisle to your side of the aisle, which I guess is the definition against compromise.”
MOUDOCK: “It is the definition of political effectiveness.”
O’BRIEN: “Political effectiveness, you’re saying, is not possible with compromise. Some people would say political effectiveness in the Senate requires compromise. There are many issues that cannot be done if you do not get bipartisan support. You’re not going to work towards bipartisan support?”
MOURDOCK: “The fact is you never compromise on principles. If people on the far left have a principle they want to stand by, they should never compromise. Those of us on the right should not either. Compromise may come in the finer details of a plan or a budget. We are at the point where one side of the other will win this argument. One side or the other will dominate.”
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Moudock clearly isn’t a fan of compromise. In fact, he wants one side to dominate the other. Mourdock believes that both Social Security and Medicare are unconstitutional. So if Mourdock gets in the Senate, and Congress and the Presidency are Republican controlled, there will be no compromise with Democrats whatsoever. The conservative agenda will dominate, meaning that military spending, perpetual warfare, and massive tax cuts for the rich will prevail while Social Security, Medicare, safety and environmental regulations, the minimum wage, and programs that benefit the poor, women, children, and senior citizens are demolished entirely without debate. Republicans will not compromise on this agenda. Like they did during the Bush Administration, Republicans will ram their destructive agenda through Congress.
Mourdock’s victory over a sane moderate Republican proves that Republicans intend to move as far to the right as they can possibly go and their intention is to destroy any and all opposition so that they can dominate the country and push through an agenda that favors the wealthy over the poor, white people over ethnic minorities, men over women, the Bible over the Constitution, war over peace, and favors throwing senior citizens to the wolves over taking care of them. It’s an agenda that undermines the Constitution and is a threat to America’s future. If the Republican definition of compromise comes to pass, the sun will set on this nation and the future of democracy.