Are Republicans a bunch of predators?

Those who follow politics like Joe Willie Namath use to follow blondes may have noticed that Republicans make Democrats want to stab two fondue forks deep into their ears and stir.

Granted, the feeling likely is mutual.

Still, there are times I sense that Republicans can be obstructionists. In fact, I suspect that they’re the leading cause of Tylenol sales in America today.

Whenever President Obama and the Democrats try to do something to keep the economy from getting a toe tagged at the morgue, they catch a javelin in the groin. And it’s the GOP flinging it.

Case in point: The Republican BIG Four — John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Eric Cantor and Jon Kyl — sent a letter to Fed chair Ben Bernanke warning him against further intervention in the economy. They released the letter the day before the Fed is to announce its next steps this afternoon.

“We have serious concerns,” the letter said, “that further intervention by the Federal Reserve could exacerbate current problems or further harm the U.S. economy.”

What they really meant, of course, is that they have serious concerns that an interventionist monetary policy might help the economy in the next 14 months, and thereby help Barack Obama’s reelection chances.

Par for the course, I might add. All along the Repubs have been throwing up more roadblocks than PennDOT, ensuring that the federal government can’t do anything via legislation to spur economic growth and activity.

Yes, the Dems need to take pruning shears to federal spending. And yes, the rich do pay most of the taxes. But the GOP can’t keep going above and beyond self-serving insanity to tank the economy just so that Obama gets dumped next year.

Is it just me or does all this sound like 100,000 yaks getting sick?