Douthat believes Democrats would have been just as obstinate as Republicans have been:
[I]n a McCain presidency Democrats would have faced the same political incentives Republicans face now — where it’s easier to blame a terrible economy on the president than to find ways to cooperate with him — with two added reasons to fight rather than to deal: First, they could have easily pinned the whole of the economic crisis on the G.O.P. (“the Bush-McCain Depression,” etc.), and second, they would have had a potentially unbeatable Hillary Clinton rather than a suspect Mitt Romney waiting in the wings for 2012.
Does Ross believe McCain would have gotten zero Democratic votes for his first stimulus? And zero Democratic votes for a cap-and-trade bill? Nah. Does he think they would have defunded McCain's closing of Gitmo, as he wanted to? Please. Ross's excuses for his pathetic reptile of a party are getting thinner and thinner. I'm no fan of the Dems. But the GOP is just way further out there on intransigence and ideological rigidity.