Why is everyone so worried about how the Congressional Republicans feel, what they think, why they don’t like the stimulus plan now before Congress and what they might want in return for their votes?
Has Papa missed something? Didn’t we have elections? Didn’t the Democrats win – in the House – in the Senate – and the White House too? Have the Democrats forgotten what winning means?
Haven’t we just finished 8 years of a Republican administration that didn’t give a rat’s ass what the Democrats felt or thought or what they might have wanted? What was it the right-wing’s radio drug-fatty said about bending over and grabbing your ankles?
The President and the Congressional Democrats need to stand up – straight up.
As far as Papa is concerned, we didn’t vote for Obama – and we didn’t provide him with solid majorities in both houses of Congress – so he could sit down with the GOP and grovel for their unnecessary votes. If the Republicans want to get something, in terms of legislation, let them go out and elect majorities in the House of Representatives and in the Senate. Until they manage that electoral challenge, let them learn the meaning of being in the minority.
We elected Obama based on what he promised, and I have no recollection of any speeches he gave during that stirring campaign in which he said he would cow-tow to the Old Guard in the Republican Party before sending new legislation to Congress.
Papa’s advice to President Obama – send your plan to Congress and make sure your own party votes for it. That’s all you need to do to make it law. I know you’re not really old enough to remember the great American movie, “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.” Too bad… because right now – at this moment in political history – you don’t need no stinkin’ Republicans. And it would be nice if you could see Humphrey Bogart warning his opposition: “Any more lip out of you and I’ll haul off and let you have it. If you know what’s good for you, you won’t monkey around with Fred C. Dobbs.” Mr. President – try that line on the GOP the next time they start yapping.
Papa’s word to media – stop already with all the stuff about the Republicans in Congress. To the children who serve as TV producers - you need to look up the meaning of the word: irrelevant. In our system, you can’t have a legislative controversy, and a bill is never in question, unless there are two possible outcomes. Since every Republican in both the House and Senate can vote against every bill introduced by the Democratic leadership – and every bill will still pass anyway – when will the media realize that the Congressional Republicans simply don’t matter anymore.