The second path for the GOP—attempting to bring down the economy—is a clear and present possibility.
bring down the Assads, and you cripple the mullahs in both Iran and Lebanon.
The plea bargain was swiftly contorted into an outright means of extorting inculpatory perjury to bring down targeted individuals.
This requires that they effectively reverse-engineer the well-documented al-Qaeda plot to bring down the Twin Towers.
Did Woodward and Bernstein need them to bring down Richard Nixon?
At daylight we again set off with Tim and Sambo, to bring down the body of the sloth.
The result had been to bring down upon her suffering and reproach.
In each case it might bring down the vengeance of the North upon the city.
Bread he went without until he had the luck to bring down a moose.
Then bring down the irresistible spirits of the frozen north in ambush,—and who shall stand against their fury!
Old English bringan "to bring, bring forth, produce, present, offer" (past tense brohte, past participle broht), from Proto-Germanic *brenganan (cf. Old Frisian brenga, Middle Dutch brenghen, Old High German bringan, Gothic briggan); no exact cognates outside Germanic, but it appears to be from PIE root *bhrengk-, compound based on root *bher- (1) "to carry" (cf. Latin ferre; see infer).
The tendency to conjugate this as a strong verb on the model of sing, drink, etc., is ancient: Old English also had a rare strong past participle form, brungen, corresponding to modern colloquial brung. To bring down the house figuratively (1754) is to elicit applause so thunderous it collapses the roof.