Wednesday, November 05, 2014

When Democrats win, elections have consequences...

...when Republicans win, it means that the parties have to work together.

Anonymous reacts to my response of joy to the ouster of Harry Reid and the prospect of investigating the Democrats' use of the IRS to harass grass-roots conservatives by arguing that I'm being mean.

My response:

Harry Reid has been bottling up bills in the Senate for 6 years. Scandal have been treated as "no biggie." Harry Reid played the "nuclear option" by getting rid of the 60 vote required for judicial confirmations. Obama was famous for saying that he won the election and didn't have to be bipartisan and he abused his opponents when he had them trapped. Democrats used the IRS to harass their enemies.
But now you are suddenly concerned about the "tone" of politics??????
Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
Maybe the next time the Dems have power, they will choose to be bipartisan and watch out for the interests of the nation instead of their party.

Harry Reid still needs to learn the lesson that he doesn't get to act like a dictator for 8 years without consequences;

Consider this karma avoidance by the soon-to-be-ex-Senate Majority Leader, but Harry Reid’s new act won’t fool anyone, least of all Mitch McConnell. Reid has run the US Senate for the past eight years like a dictatorship, steadily eroding minority privileges to the point where Republicans couldn’t offer amendments or put up any significant resistance to Barack Obama’s radical appointments, unless Democrats forced Reid’s hand on either score. After watching his party lay a historic egg in the midterms — the size of which is still not yet fully known — Reid tried spinning the results as a mandate for the kind of compromise that he’s blocked ever since winning control of the upper chamber in 2006:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has reached out to his presumed successor, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, saying that he hoped they could work together “to get things done” in Washington.
In a statement, according to Mediaite, Reid said, “I’d like to congratulate Senator McConnell, who will be the new Senate Majority Leader. The message from voters is clear: They want us to work together. I look forward to working with Senator McConnell to get things done for the middle class.”
Er … sure it was. The actual message was entirely a repudiation of the shove-it-down-your-throat approach and demagoguery exemplified by Reid’s leadership and Barack Obama’s attitude. The 2010 midterms sent that same signal, but Reid ignored it and amplified his dictatorial approach in the aftermath of a narrow 2012 win. He’s still not getting the message — or more likely, is willfully ignoring it in order to benefit himself.
Evidence of that has already been provided by Reid and his team. Despite coughing up the worst midterm results in a generation, Reid wants to continue at the helm of Senate Democrats:
Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) does not have any second thoughts about staying on as the Senate Democratic leader after the drubbing his party took on election night.
Spokesman Adam Jentleson vowed that Reid will lead his party’s remaining members in the chamber next year.
“Senator Reid will run for minority leader,” he said Tuesday.
Expect to hear people who didn't complain about "tone" under the Reid dictatorship suddenly discover that they really are concerned about "tone."


Anonymous said...

Mean? Not at all.

Typical, vapid, repetitive, boring, shallow, (in short, everything that is wrong with partisan politics in the U.S. from both "sides"), Absolutely.

Perhaps if the newly elected republicans would try to build something rather than take the same destructive route they and the democrats have jointly taken for the last several decades . . . but no, that would require creativity, courage, and a love for something beyond their own party's success.

We have met the enemy, and they are us.

Peter Bradley said...

I notice that - once again - you don't respond to my factual points.

Apparently you think that your "feelings" are objective data.

Who links to me?