Thursday, January 21, 2010
The day after Massachusetts State Senator Scott Brown achieved the unthinkable by winning Ted Kennedy's Senate seat, President Obama has demonstrated exactly why Democrats just can't seem to maintain power for very long.
"The Senate certainly shouldn't try to jam anything through until Scott Brown is seated," said President Kumbaya, referring to Sen. Phil A. Buster, the GOP's gallant new hero, who is soon destined to turn the party's overall agenda--including health care reform, banking regulations, energy legislation, jobs bill--upside down.
Can you imagine during the mid-90's Republican glory days ever hearing George Bush telling Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and House Leader Tom DeLay to be kind and patient with Democrats and not "jam" anything through until everything's fair and balanced? And even if he did, could you imagine either of them listening? You see, this is what's wrong with the Democratic Party. Too damned nice. Always trying to be the bigger guy. Always vowing not to stoop to tactics of their conservative counterparts. Always hanging on to delusions of true bi-partisanship, convincing themselves that Republicans have an agenda other than to simply destroy every single measure the left proposes. Always holding out hope that The Party of No is really The Party of Sure, We'll Work with You. Never seeming to get it: that the GOP consists of mean-spirited, victory-obsessed ruthless propagandists who will do or say anything to win. The Democrats can self-righteously wear the honor and integrity badge all they want, but it ain't gonna make them winners.
I'm sorry, but it is truly unfathomable that with the White House, a 78 seat majority in the House, and a (albeit-short-lived) filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, Obama and Democrats will likely end up with a health-care reform bill that looks and smells more right than left, and that's if the bill doesn't die altogether thanks to Sen. Buster.
Rather than sticking his head up his bi-partisan-deluded keister and urging Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid to wait for Brown to arrive in Washington to destroy his health-care bill, Obama should be urging Reid to drop the nuclear bomb and pass the damn thing under reconciliation after Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushes it through the House. Who cares what Republicans think. Just do it. Just like they would.