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    can't position them as preventing

    Dear teachers,

    Would you help to me to make the proper choice of the meaning of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    "The Republicans would do well not to continue a purely oppositional politics," he said, "but to try to work together with the president so that he can't position them as preventing."

    prevent implies anticipatory counteraction

    Thanks for your efforts.



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    Re: can't position them as preventing

    It sounds like the author is trying to say that if Republicans just thoutlessly vote against any Democratic proposal they then can be blamed for preventing any outcome that the general population favors. i.e "It's their fault we don't have a new tax law."

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