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GOP watch: No means no

Jacob Weisberg in Slate looks at what he sees as the evaporating "Responsible Republicans." He sees the GOP's strategy of a zero-sum game on domestic and economic politics as short-sighted, arguing that "no" leads to cynicism about the system and a Washington paralysis that Democrats don't have an equal share in. He traces this back to Bill Kristol memos of the 1990s, which helped kill hopes of a Clinton health-care deal and, in turn, lent credence to the notion of "no," making "Responsible Republicans" like Alan Simpson, Bob Dole version 1 and John Chafee things of the past.

Sen. Scott Brown gave his first Sunday interview to CBS's Face the Nation. The Boston Globe notes that Brown said he would filibuster Democrats' version of financial reform, but "Brown did not mention that leading attack," that this bill furthers bailouts, which was launched last week by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and has been pilloried by Democrats as 'cynical' and 'misleading.'"

"Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) on Sunday all but criticized her colleague, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), for using the phrase 'gangster government' at a Tea Party rally earlier this month," The Hill notes. "While Blackburn would not condemn those remarks during a roundtable on NBC's 'Meet the Press,' she did say 'it would not have been a choice in words I made.' 'Those are words that she chose, those are statements she made,' Blackburn said, later transition into a defense of the Tea Party movement."