Cynical and Obvious

Senate Republicans to Reid: We'll hold our breath!

[W]e write to inform you that we will not agree to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to any legislative item until the Senate has acted to fund the government and we have prevented the tax increase that is currently awaiting all American taxpayers," the letter reads. "With little time left in this Congressional session, legislative scheduling should be focused on these critical priorities. While there are other items that mig ht ultimately be worthy of the Senate's attention, we cannot agree to prioritize any matters above the critical issues of funding the government and preventing a job-killing tax hike.

Unemployment benefits, DADT, the DREAM Act.  Republicans are willing to block all major Dem initiatives unless they get their way on continued tax breaks for millionaires. 

Reid responds:

With this letter, they have simply put in writing the political strategy that the Republicans pursued this entire Congress: Namely, obstruct, delay action on critical matters, and then blame the Democrats for not addressing the needs of American people. Very cynical, but very obvious.

The obvious lesson to learn here is that Democrats just need to give in one more time, and the President needs to legitimize a few more Republican talking points.  More "good faith" meetings with the 42 Senate Republicans who just agreed privately to block everything will surely do the trick.  Stick hand out in concession, get bitten, repeat:

An extension, reform or expiration could've been pushed long ago. The White House, too, has kept asking for meetings and processes rather than simply using its leverage -- the veto pen -- to set a clear line in the sand and let Republicans decide how to respond. Despite controlling all branches of government and having the more popular position on the tax cuts, the Democrats have acted like a minority party in disarray.

Meanwhile, the Catfood Commission, in their "Moment of Truth," will recommend a stomp on the middle-class once they figure out exactly which pair of boots to wear to the party, and Republicans in the House prepare for a 112th Congress that will make Democrats long for the days when Republicans forced lengthy discussions over Bill Clinton's Christmas card list.

Dysfunctional is too mild a word. 

Also: Bipartisanship!

Tags: Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, DADT, 112th Congress, obama (all tags)

Comments

6 Comments

This is a good example of why

the American people are very uncomfortable letting Dems run our national security and lead the armed forces.

With overwhelming majorities in both Houses and a supremely popular President, they have been completely outmaneuvered and have proven that no one needs fear any repercussions for stealing their lunch money.

B**ch slapped is too mild a description.

by dualdiagnosis 2010-12-01 09:08PM | 1 recs
The hard workers

This congress has , at least on the democratic side of the aisle - earned the nickname 'hard worker'.

 

The other side I'm going to call the do-nothings.  They're basically promising here to try to shut down government.

 

This makes sense - given that they were trying to get someone like Christine O Donnell elected, to vote on the confirmation of supreme court justices - who doesn't even know the first amendment.

 

I'm interested in how this turns out. The house is passing , as we speak, a bill that keeps my tax cuts in play. If the do-nothings don't act on it in the senate - there are only one of two possibilities.

 

1. They're lining their own pockets with our cash, by keeping all our tax money.

2. They're lining their own pockets with lobbyist cash - trying to get fat cat tax cuts for them.

 

Is there anything the senate will be able to do to get the do-nothings out of the way?

 

by Trey Rentz 2010-12-02 09:41AM | 0 recs
RE: The hard workers

oh yeah. PS. The do-nothings want to shut down government and then get paid 200,000.00 a year to do it.  

 

Needless to say, everyone else in America is working twice as hard as they were before, for half the pay. How is it conservative, to get a paid vacation and sit around listening only to lobbyists ...?

 

The best one for me this year  was a republican congressman who ran on getting healthcare reform bad-mouthed and defiled in public - but as soon as he got to washington, he complained loud and long that his healthcare plan wouldn't start until next year. He wanted it to start NOW. lol.

 

 

by Trey Rentz 2010-12-02 09:45AM | 1 recs
RE: The hard workers

Do you think the Republicans will work to impeach Obama. I think they know they cannot get him impeached but it will further weaken him to the electorate. He already has a wimpy image--this will make it worse for him and cost him a lot of money...

by hddun2008 2010-12-07 10:18PM | 0 recs
RE: The hard workers

oh yeah. PS. The do-nothings want to shut down government and then get paid 200,000.00 a year to do it.  

 

Needless to say, everyone else in America is working twice as hard as they were before, for half the pay. How is it conservative, to get a paid vacation and sit around listening only to lobbyists ...?

 

The best one for me this year  was a republican congressman who ran on getting healthcare reform bad-mouthed and defiled in public - but as soon as he got to washington, he complained loud and long that his healthcare plan wouldn't start until next year. He wanted it to start NOW. lol.

 

 

by Trey Rentz 2010-12-02 09:45AM | 0 recs
Crying over spilt milk...

Democrats in office do what they do because they know where the voters are.  That even the party in power cannot do all that it wants is a testimony of democracy working.

 

Liberals in the party hate this but the truth is that much of what they want is not what America wants.  If you listen to them they are not at all interested in doing what Americans want but are instead interested in manufacturing consent for their policy.

 

If America doesn't want Nancy Pelosi's agenda then its actually a good thing that as a party we didn't try to force feed them Nancy's agenda.

 

If you don't get that you may have to just trust me on this one.

by donkeykong 2010-12-05 09:41AM | 0 recs

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