December 23, 2006

On Bipartisanship

Bob Geiger nails it.

On Snowe-Landrieu Bipartisan Initiative: Kiss My Democratic Ass

Nausea alert: Do not read this on a full stomach if you're a Progressive, who has had it up to your eyeballs with some elected Democrats regularly accepting prison shower-room, Ned-Beatty-in-'Deliverance' treatment from Republicans and then meekly saying "Thank you, sir, may I have some more?"

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Landrieu and Lieberman have sidled right up alongside Alexander and Snowe, making grand statements about how it's time to come together and guessing -- incorrectly -- what message the American people delivered in a loud, clear voice on election day. And, like the weak-kneed centrists they are, their capitulation is very much akin to the wife who reunites with her abusive husband because he mumbles "I'm sorry, baby" after breaking her nose for the third time.

Isn't it convenient for Snowe, Alexander and other Republicans to initiate this transparent maneuver and now extend a hand across the aisle for something other than slapping Democrats? Isn't it just freakin' amazing that this change of heart comes right when they are voted out of the majority on a clear mandate of the people and now have to themselves face the legislative life Democrats have lived for years?

And true to their ongoing status as political followers and not leaders, Landrieu and Lieberman -- putting aside the fact that Holy Joe can no longer even be considered a Democrat -- lap it right up and forget who it is that over the last few years would not have pissed across the aisle if a Democrat was on fire.

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In a joint letter to their Senate colleagues, Snowe and Landrieu tried to speak for the country and said that Americans "… are tired of the extremes on both sides pulling us apart, paralyzing effective action. That was a clear message of the 2006 elections."

Nonsense.

By voting for such a colossal shift in the House of Representatives and giving Democrats control of the Senate in a massive and rare six-seat pickup, Americans said one thing and one thing only to Republicans: "We want Democratic leadership and we don't want you in charge any longer." Period.

They didn’t say we like some of what you've done the last few years -- they said we like none of what you've done. So why in the world would any Democrat interpret that landslide endorsement for complete change as such a watered-down, half-and-half order?

Excellent rant. Read it all.

2 comments:

Not Your Mama said...

They didn’t say we like some of what you've done the last few years -- they said we like none of what you've done. So why in the world would any Democrat interpret that landslide endorsement for complete change as such a watered-down, half-and-half order?

I wish I could believe that was true. I really do. You obviously have more faith in the American voter than I do.

Truth is I don't. I think what they said was "we're sick of Iraq especially because it's costing us so much and most of all we're sick of our quality of life going down, down, down".

I am also pretty certain most of them have not suddenly become socially liberal, more tolerant, or more caring of their fellow man.

I just can't get very excited about this, it's strictly a political survival move on the part of both parties and will likely make little or no difference as far as likely outcomes.

Don't get me wrong...I'd love to be wrong here. Your view of the voting public would certainly point to a more hopeful future for our country. I just don't believe it.

cls said...

Oh I agree with you that most people didn't change their stripes overnight, but I think they DID vote for change. And I think these STUPID Democrats that are cozying up to the Republicans do us a lot of harm. And why is it always the same ones? --- Whenever a vote came down with Democratic defectors, I could name who they were before I actually checked the vote online.