Thursday, September 8, 2011

And About Tonight

If President Obama proposed a resolution declaring water to be wet, the GOP members on the Hill would not pass it.  With that in mind, it doesn't matter what the President will propose tonight.  I doubt seriously that it will pass.  How difficult is it to understand that the GOP has absofuckinglutely no intention of passing anything that will help this country, if there is an ancillary benefit politically to the President.

Oh, and while I am on the subject, check out this bit of commentary from a former GOP Hill staffer, Mike Lofgren.  I am sure there will be some conspiracy theories about how Lofgren isn't "really" a Republican (because no Republican can ever actually disagree with Republican policy ideas, and still claim to be a Republican, right?), but I think he establishes his credentials just fine.  What Lofgren says fits perfectly with what we are seeing play out in Washington (here's some Matt Taibbi to add further analysis to Lofgren's points).

So, I will watch the speech tonight.  I wonder who will scream out at the President this time around.  Maybe it will be more than one person, and more money will be raised for them for "standing up to the President," again.


TC said...

The Democrats had both houses and the White House for two years. If they were serious about passing something that would have helped, they could have done it then.

Anonymous said...

Tonight will be a retread of his "let's get together and build a barn" speech. I got riled up by that the first go around, it won't be happening twice.

No, the Tea-publicans will not allow anything good, or neutral for that matter to happen, BUT this president appears to be incapable of even making a ripple of change. He's Bush-lite because we have more troops overseas (not fewer as candidate Obama promised), he maintains a tunnel between Wall Street and his Whitehouse for appointments (not one bankster indicted, nary a bonus missed, and financially lucrative tax cuts remain firmly in place), and then there is his disingenous statement about gay marriage being a state issue (inter-racial marriage was decided at the federal level, Loving v. Virginia; marrital equality IS a national issue).

Buddy Roemer was on Rachel Maddow's show, and the Daily Show. Watch those clips if you want to hear something different.

Roemer isn't liberal, but he is pragmatic and he makes sense. The sideshow review at the Republican debate are stripped bare by Roemer, and he doesn't say anything but the truth in a normal speaking voice. President Obama is stripped bare in the same manner by Roemer.

Before tonights speech, do spend a few minutes listening to Buddy Roemer.

Oh, and Roemer is not only Harvard educated, he's smart. I'm just sayin'.

hscfree said...

@TC: You and I both know that it's more complicated than that. But I have made the point that Harry Reid didn't (and still doesn't) really know how to manage his chamber. With that said, when you have your party making it, again, absofuckinglutely clear that it has NO intention of doing anything for this President, and has laid waste to the idea of a simple majority bill passage in the Senate for anything including budgets, political appointees, and perhaps agreements on the time of day. Now you have low information voters believing that you HAVE to have 60 votes for a bill to pass the Senate as a matter of course, which you know directly from your time on the Hill is bullshit.

Moreover, your comment suggests that it is not the job of the Republican party to help pass legislation that's proposed by a Democrat. Yet, I am more than confident that you would be screaming to high heaven if the situation was reversed. I can only imagine what you would say in this comment section if I quoted you verbatim should, heaven forbid, Rick Perry becomes POTUS with a GOP majority, bare majority in both Houses of Congress. Actually, now that I think of it, the GOP wouldn't give a rat's ass what any Democrat would have to say in that scenario, since many of them assume immediate political illegitimacy for the Democratic Party under any circumstance. And you know I say all of these things as a person with solid and demostrated criticisms of both the President and the Democratic Party. The attitude you've given in your comment, in my opinion is representative of the breakdown of collegiality that used to be a part of Washington.

hscfree said...

@TC: and i should note that you didn't really disagree with my overall assessment.