Some of the saddest political figures in history are the small group of Republicans — led by Gov. Tom Dewey, Sen. Robert Taft and Sen. Arthur Vandenberg — who opposed President Roosevelt’s New Deal. They were so narrow-minded they didn’t understand how badly the country was hurting, nor how boldly the government had to act to get things back on track.

Flash forward. Unfortunately, most Senate Republicans today aren’t any brighter. Take mental midgets Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHow the Democratic Party's campaign strategy is failing America GOP should grab the chance to upend Pelosi's plan on reconciliation We don't need platinum to solve the debt ceiling crisis MORE (Ky.), John McCainJohn Sidney McCainWhoopi Goldberg signs four-year deal with ABC to stay on 'The View' Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid Meghan McCain: Country has not 'healed' from Trump under Biden MORE (Ariz.), John CornynJohn CornynAbbott bows to Trump pressure on Texas election audit Senate panel advances antitrust bill that eyes Google, Facebook Democrats up ante in risky debt ceiling fight MORE (Texas), Jon Kyl (Ariz.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamNorth Dakota Republican latest House breakthrough COVID-19 case Texas House Republican tests positive for coronavirus in latest breakthrough case Graham told Trump he 'f'd up' the presidency: book MORE (S.C.), Kay Bailey Hutchison (Texas) and others. They don’t have enough sense to come in out of the rain.

And, when it comes to turning this economy around, they are totally clueless. Having been part of the team that destroyed the economy, they now stand on the sidelines and refuse to help fix it. They’ve put forth no ideas of their own. They only say no to anything proposed by President Obama.

There are times in our history that demand great leadership. This is one of them. But we’re not seeing it from the Republican Party.

When this economy does finally turn around, let all Americans remember that — except for Sens. Arlen Specter (Pa.), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsLooking to the past to secure America's clean energy future Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid McConnell privately urged GOP senators to oppose debt ceiling hike MORE (Maine) and Olympia Snowe (Maine) — Republicans did nothing to help.

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