GOP rejected Pelosi partisanship, not Obama outreach

posted at 5:32 pm on January 31, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Ever since the House Republicans refused to cast a single vote for the stimulus bill, liberal pundits and bloggers have pouted about the futility of outreach to the GOP.  Obama met with them three times, the complaint goes, and got nothing for it.  Denise Williams gives the typical analysis at Political Machine while discussing Rush Limbaugh, who helped rally conservative opposition to the bill:

My opinion remains mostly unchanged due to one main reason learned long and hard in the Clinton administration. No matter what you offer, no matter how many concessions you make, you’ll never get Republican Congresscritters on your side. Keep offering face-to-face meetings in the Oval, cocktail parties and Super Bowl get togethers, but you’ll change nary a vote. Anything else is naivete.

I don’t mean to pick on Denise, because she’s hardly the only one saying this, but it ignores some convenient realities.  And the two biggest realities are that this is incredibly irresponsible legislation and that Nancy Pelosi insisted on the fully partisan attack approach from the beginning of the session.

Bipartisanship means working with the party in power to help craft the bill.  While Obama did meet with Republicans to try to get their votes, Nancy Pelosi refused to do the same — and refused to negotiate any elements of the bill with House Republicans.  Why should Republicans support a bill on which they’ve been locked out?

Bipartisanship doesn’t require Republicans to vote for terrible legislation.  This so-called stimulus package is perhaps the most irresponsible economic legislation ever presented for a floor vote in Congress.  And if you don’t believe that, try asking some of the Senate Democrats who have all but declared this dead on arrival in the upper chamber, at least in its present form.

Here’s a news flash for Democrats: If you want Republican votes on legislation in this session, buying Representatives a few drinks and inviting them to watch the Super Bowl won’t be enough.  If Pelosi and Harry Reid insist on locking out the Republicans and blocking any amendment capability on bills, then the partisanship problem isn’t with the GOP.  Rush Limbaugh is just a convenient excuse for the deliberately high-handed, arrogant approach by Democratic leadership — and the Republicans were right to reject it, especially on this porkfest of a bill.


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I don’t mean to pick on Denise,

Go ahead. Someone has too.

PappaMac on January 31, 2009 at 5:36 PM

Didn’t George W. Bush spend 8 years cuddling up to Democrats and what did it get him? They were not even civil, considering the names they called him and the cries about how the Iraq war was hopelessly lost.

jerseyman on January 31, 2009 at 5:38 PM

Oh God I hope the Republicans will vote for the stimulus so the Democrats will keep meeting with them.

Riposte on January 31, 2009 at 5:39 PM

Please God, let our Senators stand firm. Make the democrat party own this.

Right now the democrat party is out on a limb. If our Senators stand united, the Bolsheviks will be out on a little tiny twig.

2010 get a little closer every day.

jeff_from_mpls on January 31, 2009 at 5:40 PM

How can they blame Republicans when 11 Democrats voted against the ‘stimulus’ bill? It was bipartisan support AGAINST the bill – and only partisan support FOR it.

jerseyman on January 31, 2009 at 5:40 PM

I want to buy Denise Williams a nice dinner. Then she’d better put out.

Jim Treacher on January 31, 2009 at 5:41 PM

There’s nothing to gain by supporting the Bill.

the_nile on January 31, 2009 at 5:41 PM

I run my own business, why doesn’t Obama come and stimulate me so I create some jobs?

Paying for some STD prevention out of my pocket isn’t much of an incentive for me to hire some American workers.

Riposte on January 31, 2009 at 5:43 PM

Keep offering face-to-face meetings in the Oval, cocktail parties and Super Bowl get togethers, but you’ll change nary a vote. Anything else is naivete.

We are not cheap dates. You might be.

izoneguy on January 31, 2009 at 5:44 PM

I have to laugh, it seems Obama truly thinks he can work his magic on people to get them to change their minds

Greenhelmet on January 31, 2009 at 5:44 PM

Can anyone name one piece of legislation in the past, oh………..

…….. fifty years that the Democrats have worked with Republicans on, and gave up what they wanted in order to be bipartisan?

Just one will do…………

Seven Percent Solution on January 31, 2009 at 5:45 PM

The left wouldn’t consider McCain bi-partisan, but we’re supposed to consider Obama bi-partisan simply because he invited Garth Brooks to perform at a concert?

Dumb.

Ryan Gandy on January 31, 2009 at 5:45 PM

Obama’s honeymoon is over AND.. he and the dems are already sleeping in seperate rooms! Too juicy.

HA!

Who will get the car and the “HOUSE”?

katy on January 31, 2009 at 5:45 PM

Please, we want to lose the war. We want to bankrupt the treasury. We want to cripple American industry. We want to destroy America! But no matter how nice we are to the Republicans, they will not go along with us so we can blame them when everything goes really, really bad! We just want to blame them for all the bad things we are going to bring about so we can keep getting re-elected.

jerseyman on January 31, 2009 at 5:47 PM

The Liberal Party ownes this mess,
and at every turn of the Bush Admin.
they weren’t to helpful!

They want the right to go against Rush!

Pelosi,at the well,after securing the
Republican vote for the infamous,$700
Billion dollar bailout,

then blamed 8 years of failed Bush Policies,
(Nancys words,not mine),

so,Screw Nancy,and the Palimino she rides in on!!

canopfor on January 31, 2009 at 5:48 PM

Opposite spin: The Repub leadership met with Obama THREE TIMES and got nothing for it.

ElRonaldo on January 31, 2009 at 5:48 PM

GOP rejected Pelosi partisanship, not Obama outreach

Now I;’m p*ssed, I wanted them to reject BOTH!

johnsteele on January 31, 2009 at 5:48 PM

Standard liberal version of bi-partisanship.

The Messiah TALKED to the Republicans – how could they not fall under his charm?

How dare they expect to actually have any of their concerns addressed in the legislation?

They should be grateful Obama allowed them to hear his wisdom.

katiejane on January 31, 2009 at 5:51 PM

johnsteele on January 31, 2009 at 5:48 PM

They rejected the outreach to their vote.

INC on January 31, 2009 at 5:51 PM

Wow, was Claire McCaskill seriously ANGRY because companies that got taxpayer money decided to use it to pay their execs millions in bonuses? What a stupid worthless socialist whore.

Doesn’t she know that they should take whatever money they can get from the taxpayers and use it for whatever they want?

alex342 on January 31, 2009 at 5:52 PM

Was it 9%,or is it now 2% approval rating for the House,

crap,its a Liberal Admin.,that means its 80%!

canopfor on January 31, 2009 at 5:52 PM

Bipartisanship means working with the party in power to help craft the bill.

Ed, this is the Republican definition.

The Democrat definition means that the Republicans don’t get to help and must vote as they are told.

INC on January 31, 2009 at 5:53 PM

Wait a tic,Hopey wants the help of the Republicans,
while he lectures them on listening to Rush!

canopfor on January 31, 2009 at 5:54 PM

Doesn’t she know that they should take whatever money they can get from the taxpayers and use it for whatever they want?

alex342 on January 31, 2009 at 5:52 PM

They’ve learned that from Tim Geithner..

the_nile on January 31, 2009 at 5:55 PM

the_nile on January 31, 2009 at 5:55 PM

Yeah were angels before Tim G…who?

alex342 on January 31, 2009 at 5:56 PM

I do believe that Obama, Nancy, and Harry have, in Rush’s words, over reached. These past 12 days are jam packed with over reaching. I have become best buds with my Congressman and Senators. They hear from me almost every day. One gets an “atta boy”, the other two aren’t. Keep up the pressure.

BetseyRoss on January 31, 2009 at 5:57 PM

The rejection of this stealth communism bill was bipartisan. The embrace of it and communism was strictly partisan by the democrats.

VolMagic on January 31, 2009 at 5:57 PM

Democratic nuance: “Bipartisanship” – you vote for our legislation, which you had no input in casting or amending.

Simpler translation: STFU and do as your told.

The outright, party-pandering greed of the Democrats is astonishing when you look at this ‘stimulus’ bill. I say let them pass it with every Democratic vote they can muster. And let them then defend all of it to the American public who will pay for it.

GarandFan on January 31, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Politics as usual was their strategy all along.

Well played President Obama, well played.

getalife on January 31, 2009 at 6:00 PM

I want to buy Denise Williams a nice dinner. Then she’d better put out.

Jim Treacher on January 31, 2009 at 5:41 PM

LOL

Midas on January 31, 2009 at 6:01 PM

VolMagic on January 31, 2009 at 5:57 PM

Don’t you just hate how their was a stipulation in their bill that would collectivize all arable land, slaughter all small farm-owners and build a series of gulags in northern Alaska? Makes me so mad.

alex342 on January 31, 2009 at 6:01 PM

While Obama did meet with Republicans to try to get their votes, Nancy Pelosi refused to do the same — and refused to negotiate any elements of the bill with House Republicans.

Other than expressing embarrassment over the contraceptives porkfest, we waited in vain for Obama to go through the bill ‘line by line’ as promised. No pride of authorship, remember? He couldn’t find one freaking thing to criticize?

Bottom line: They all suck. To paraphrase Gertrude Stein, a Dem is a Dem is a Dem.

Buy Danish on January 31, 2009 at 6:02 PM

Rush Limbaugh is just a convenient excuse for the deliberately high-handed, arrogant approach by Democratic leadership — and the Republicans were right to reject it, especially on this porkfest of a bill.

Well put Ed.

The democraps are no good, never have been, never will be.

Zorro on January 31, 2009 at 6:03 PM

I don’t mean to pick on Denise, because she’s.. stupid.

TexasJew on January 31, 2009 at 6:05 PM

Don’t you just hate how their was a stipulation in their bill that would collectivize all arable land, slaughter all small farm-owners and build a series of gulags in northern Alaska? Makes me so mad.

alex342 on January 31, 2009 at 6:01 PM

No one stopps the Dem majority to vote for and own this bill , all by themselves. Why don’t they..

the_nile on January 31, 2009 at 6:05 PM

Nancy Pelosi-Nov 5th 2006-

“LET’S HERE IT FOR THE POWER”!!

katy on January 31, 2009 at 6:05 PM

“Please vote for this bill because I have Unicorns for you!”

TexasJew on January 31, 2009 at 6:06 PM

Seven Percent Solution on January 31, 2009 at 5:45 PM

Does the 1968 Civil Rights Bill count?

I know that most of the Democrats were against it, but still…

PappaMac on January 31, 2009 at 6:07 PM

we waited in vain for Obama to go through the bill ‘line by line’ as promised.

Buy Danish on January 31, 2009 at 6:02 PM

Like in his youth , a mirror and a rolled up dollar bill, going through it ‘line by line’.

the_nile on January 31, 2009 at 6:07 PM

the_nile on January 31, 2009 at 6:05 PM

They’re planning to! Don’t kid yourself. The Democrats are all Stalinists are heart. Stalinists and child molesters.

alex342 on January 31, 2009 at 6:07 PM

Oh, and Denise, how about this? –

No matter what we offer, no matter how many concessions we make, Dems always say it’s not enough, we need to spend more money.

At least we don’t keep moving the goal posts and changing the rules in the middle of the game.

Buy Danish on January 31, 2009 at 6:08 PM

They’re planning to! Don’t kid yourself. The Democrats are all Stalinists are heart. Stalinists and child molesters.

alex342 on January 31, 2009 at 6:07 PM

If they’re planning to do that , why do they insist to share the honor with the Republicans. No , you own it , with pride.

the_nile on January 31, 2009 at 6:10 PM

Don’t you just love how the Democrats love to say that in a time of crisis Democrats and Republicans should come together and work in a bipartisan fashion to come up with a solution together. Then proceed to completely ignore and marginalise any ideas or solutions put forward by the GOP (regardless of whether they are any good or not) and push forward with their own liberal agenda in the legislation claiming that there is no time for debate because the legislation needs to be passed urgently.

The reality is that the only reason why the Democrats want support from the GOP on big ticket items like the stimulus bill is because if the legislation ends up being a failure they don’t want to be stuck with sole responsibility for it and the long term political damage that it would cause them.

Dreadnought223 on January 31, 2009 at 6:10 PM

The Democrats are all Stalinists are heart. Stalinists and child molesters.

alex342 on January 31, 2009 at 6:07

Let’s not get stupid. Let’s leave that up to the Democrats.

PappaMac on January 31, 2009 at 6:10 PM

the_nile on January 31, 2009 at 6:10 PM

Why? Because it’s stealthy. Stealth communism. When mothers’ first born start going missing and the crops fail they don’t want people to know who to blame.

Hey, if you could go back in time and stop someone from being born, who would it be? Hitler or Nancy Pelosi?

alex342 on January 31, 2009 at 6:12 PM

PappaMac on January 31, 2009 at 6:10 PM

Don’t get soft, friend. Extreme measures may be necessary before very long.

alex342 on January 31, 2009 at 6:13 PM

GOP rejected Pelosi partisanship, not Obama outreach

Going for the soft underbelly. Always a wise move.

MB4 on January 31, 2009 at 6:15 PM

I agree alex342. Extreme measures may be necessary. But not all Democrats are child molesters. INSANE maybe, child molesters, NO. :)

PappaMac on January 31, 2009 at 6:16 PM

GOP rejected Pelosi partisanship, not Obama outreach

Chairman Steele, it may be an exercise in futility, but I think you have your first project on your hands.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 31, 2009 at 6:16 PM

While Obama try’s Triangulation,
the former Clinton’s staff hired,
are running the deception talkin point
campaign!

canopfor on January 31, 2009 at 6:17 PM

Remember?

When Nancy became Speaker,
do you enjoy her ear to ear
smug!

canopfor on January 31, 2009 at 6:19 PM

Why? Because it’s stealthy. Stealth communism. When mothers’ first born start going missing and the crops fail they don’t want people to know who to blame.

Is that some kind of extension of Obamas partial birth abortion legislation? I cant really follow you here.

Hey, if you could go back in time and stop someone from being born, who would it be? Hitler or Nancy Pelosi?

alex342 on January 31, 2009 at 6:12 PM

Tough one. Both hate jews, both a threat to America. But we know by now that Hitler could be contained when you don’t appease him.
I’ll get back to you after i do an internal investigation.

the_nile on January 31, 2009 at 6:20 PM

alex342 on January 31, 2009 at 6:13 PM

You won the election, this bill is going to pass, and yet you’re still angry. Why is that?

Jim Treacher on January 31, 2009 at 6:20 PM

Pelosi said she’s “nonpartisan”.

I’m the queen, er, Marie of Romania.

Entelechy on January 31, 2009 at 6:21 PM

This is the end of the “Fantasy” phase of the Obama phenomenon! On the horizon is the rough reality that our new President was elevated to those lofty heights for the purpose of making us all feel more noble about ourselves than we really deserve. And like the feted and pampered heroes of the ancient Maya, he will sooner or later be sacrificed to sooth our rage at his mere humanity.
The ugly truth of the matter is that Barack Obama was placed in office by the white racist vote, only now instead of Southern Red-Necks being the bone-headed bigots we now have guilt-ridden white liberals performing the ritual. The truth is, we haven’t really done anything about racism in the last 50 years except turn it around, slap a “smiley face” sticker on it, and point it in the opposite direction. Too many Americans felt better about themselves because they voted for a black President and didn’t really care about the ideas he advanced or the constituent groups that came along with him or those that saw their validation and empowerment in his rise. Well now, when those constituent groups are demanding their payoff out of the Federal Treasury, many of those same people are screaming in injured outrage at the spectacle, while those of us who opposed him for his lame ideas are impotently left with nothing to say but “I told you so!”.
The President is currently in the midst of finding out that he was elected for his image and not his ideas. He is our hollowed out token of guilt-ridden repentance, and as soon as we decide that we’ve paid our dues enough, his battered remains will be shuffled off stage to make room for some other lamb. Another Messiah consumed by his ravenous disciples!
Good Luck!

Lew on January 31, 2009 at 6:21 PM

Why is that?

Jim Treacher on January 31, 2009 at 6:20 PM

“Should I be a liberal? Should I be a conservative? Decisions are so difficult. It’s maddening” ~ ~ alex342

Entelechy on January 31, 2009 at 6:23 PM

I agree alex342. Extreme measures may be necessary. But not all Democrats are child molesters. INSANE maybe, child molesters, NO. :)

PappaMac on January 31, 2009 at 6:16 PM

Exactly , we should be fair , not ALL of them are child molesters.

the_nile on January 31, 2009 at 6:23 PM

You won the election, this bill is going to pass, and yet you’re still angry. Why is that?

Jim Treacher on January 31, 2009 at 6:20 PM

The scary thought that “Fresh prince of Bill Ayers” will take all of the responsibility of his decisions for the first time.

the_nile on January 31, 2009 at 6:26 PM

I remember Harry the creep Reid saying as long as Bush had privatising SS on the table they would not talk.

Rick007 on January 31, 2009 at 6:28 PM

I run my own business, why doesn’t Obama come and stimulate me so I create some jobs?

Riposte on January 31, 2009 at 5:43 PM

(Ummm, don’t think that sounded like you meant it to sound…)

Anyway, that adage, what’s mine is mine, and what’s yours is mine, comes to mind with the Dem trash talk about bi-partisanship.

Basically, when Obama said “I won.” last week, he encapsulated the entire Dem mindset. Pelosi and Reid are of the same stuff. Eight years of hearing the Dems say the most unconscionable things about President Bush, gleefully engaging the Kos Krowd with smiles of approval, laughing and giggling when MoveOn.Org smeared David Petreaus, wanted to make sure Iraq was a failure, took every opportunity to tell America that President Bush wasn’t their president, and worked like hell to confound, confuse and corrupt any and all GOP submitted legislation to the point of stalemate many many times…has everyone forgotten the “drill here, drill now” Kabuki theater in Congress last summer when Pelosi turned out the lights and declared the House in recess without even considering an energy bill that made economic and strategic sense to the majority of Americans?

No, we won’t engage in a BDS-type campaign against Obama…but as Americans we will, and rightfully should, stand in opposition to legislation that will bankrupt our economy and destroy the most essential fundamentals of our Constitutional form of government.

So, bring it on. You want “bi-partisanship?” Then wait a few more days, maybe weeks, and watch more Democrat members of Congress start to push themselves away from this “ram it down their gullible throats” legislation that Obama, Reid, and Pelosi are champions for. When there is a bi-partisan “No!” shouted loud and hard from the wells of both the Senate and the House, and from main Street as well, then we can start talking about bi-partisanship…not a minute before.

coldwarrior on January 31, 2009 at 6:29 PM

This is typical lefitst utopia think. Obama won the election so we should never have anything else to debate ever again and should give the democrats whatever they want.

Elections dont end governing they only sometimes change the management. The democrats are in power now they are the ones who have to prove they have the responicibility to lead.

Unstead seems they still fall back on whinning that everything in their utopia isnt peaches and cream.

William Amos on January 31, 2009 at 6:32 PM

In a couple of years, I’m going to have a custom T-shirt made with a graph showing increasing taxes, increasing inflation, and increasing unemployment under the tutelage of Obama and the Democrats. Underneath the graph, I’m going to title it: “Yes, You Did!”

Socratease on January 31, 2009 at 6:32 PM

I found this editorial very helpful. It really confirmed and nailed down the Democrat definition of bipartisanship. i.e.

1) When Republicans are in power, bipartisanship means listening to the Democrats, sacrificing Republican principles, and incorporating Democrat statism into legislation, the passing the hybridized legislation.

2) When Democrats are in power, bipartisanship means that the Republicans get nice face-to-face meetings in the Oval, cocktail parties and Super Bowl get togethers. In return, the Republicans are expected to then vote for the Democrat written, sponsored, and approved legislation.

Really funny reading that the idiot writing the editorial views those meetings, parties, and get-togethers as “concessions”. This must be true because there was NO SINGLE REPUBLICAN idea contained in the House Bill.

AZfederalist on January 31, 2009 at 6:49 PM

Bipartisanship is a hoax by the Libs. Bipartisan is like the Steelers working with the Cardinals to win the Super Bowl. I got your Bipartisan, Nancy.

marklmail on January 31, 2009 at 6:57 PM

I want to buy Denise Williams a nice dinner. Then she’d better put out.

Jim Treacher on January 31, 2009 at 5:41 PM

Genius.

ebrawer on January 31, 2009 at 6:59 PM

Putin is in trouble:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/01/world/europe/01russia.html?hp

Perhaps another world war will get you on board.

getalife on January 31, 2009 at 7:05 PM

Perhaps another world war will get you on board.

getalife on January 31, 2009 at 7:05 PM

If Obama does change , Republicans will support him in defending freedom.
You Betcha.

the_nile on January 31, 2009 at 7:13 PM

getalife on January 31, 2009 at 7:05 PM

You’ll have to dumb it down for us Earth folk.

Jim Treacher on January 31, 2009 at 7:14 PM

Hey, if you could go back in time and stop someone from being born, who would it be? Hitler or Nancy Pelosi?

alex342 on January 31, 2009 at 6:12 PM

Tough one. Both hate jews, both a threat to America. But we know by now that Hitler could be contained when you don’t appease him.
I’ll get back to you after i do an internal investigation.

the_nile on January 31, 2009 at 6:20 PM

Ahahah. Okay, you did that buddy.

alex342 on January 31, 2009 at 7:25 PM

Umm Obama said “I won. I will trump you on that.” concerning any changes that the Republicans wanted.

Don’t give him a pass. He’s a pretty partisan mutha too.

jukin on January 31, 2009 at 7:26 PM

For the next hotseat poll HA does, I think the question should be -

“Who do you think history will regard as a greater danger to humanity: Adolf Hitler or the the Democratic leadership of the 111th U.S. Congress?”

I’d be willing to bet at least 70% would vote the latter.

alex342 on January 31, 2009 at 7:29 PM

Jim Treacher on January 31, 2009 at 6:20 PM

I didn’t vote for Obama, I don’t necesarily support the legislation. Basically what I’m saying is that you guys and Obama’s supporters deserve each other because you’re all dumb, single-minded and paranaoid, which is a really dangerous combo.

alex342 on January 31, 2009 at 7:31 PM

I’d be willing to bet at least 70% would vote the latter.

alex342 on January 31, 2009 at 7:29 PM

Whats “The Latter” , something racist?

the_nile on January 31, 2009 at 7:33 PM

alex342 on January 31, 2009 at 7:29 PM

By the way, the guys that run this site would never do that poll not only because they would probably personally regard the question as silly but because they known damn well that something like a majority would think Pelosi was worse than Hitler or wouldn’t be sure.

Same reason HuffPo has to close their comments regularly.

alex342 on January 31, 2009 at 7:33 PM

I didn’t vote for Obama, I don’t necesarily support the legislation. Basically what I’m saying is that you guys and Obama’s supporters deserve each other because you’re all dumb, single-minded and paranaoid, which is a really dangerous combo.

alex342 on January 31, 2009 at 7:31 PM

You voted ron paul?

the_nile on January 31, 2009 at 7:34 PM

the_nile on January 31, 2009 at 7:33 PM

Couldn’t read the whole two sentences? “The latter” is the opinion that Pelosi is worse that Hitler.

alex342 on January 31, 2009 at 7:34 PM

the_nile on January 31, 2009 at 7:34 PM

I voted for yer mom.

alex342 on January 31, 2009 at 7:34 PM

alex342 on January 31, 2009 at 7:34 PM

Sorry that wasn’t called for. I didn’t vote for anyone.

alex342 on January 31, 2009 at 7:37 PM

I’ve been saying this since the vote. Pelosi and Reid are treating Obama like the mermaid on the bow of the ship, not the captain. Dude put 2 million people on the Mall and he can’t get a clean bill put together in the House? How little respect do they have for him, anyway?

Look how this tallies from his perspective: Should he want his name associated forever with an $800 billion “stimulus” that is less than 100% targeted on the recovery? Every single dollar of that colossal figure needs to have a bulletproof argument for inclusion.

Why couldn’t he tell Nancy “Bring that nonessential s**t up under regular order, OK, Madam Speaker? Or did you forget we run this place now?”

Emanuel doesn’t appear to be earning his money any better than the cabinet vetters… Wasn’t he supposed to bring Reid and Pelosi in line?

DrSteve on January 31, 2009 at 7:48 PM

The Wall Street crowd on Fox was spinning this a bit differently this afternoon. Essentially – they are saying that even Obama hasn’t gotten what he wanted out of this stimulus and that Pelosi is really pulling all the strings. They called Obama the biggest “looser” on his own stimulus.

I wonder if this is true? I think it may well be – that perhaps Pelosi told him to “stuff it” and that this was the price of his inauguration – she and her ilk get their Socialist Spending plan passed no matter what – and BEFORE any other business goes down.

HondaV65 on January 31, 2009 at 7:49 PM

Sorry that wasn’t called for. I didn’t vote for anyone.
alex342 on January 31, 2009 at 7:37 PM

From the comments you have posted, I’m guessing that’s because you have not yet reached voting age.

AZfederalist on January 31, 2009 at 7:54 PM

alex342 on January 31, 2009 at 7:31 PM

So you’re angry because it passes the time. Good to know.

Jim Treacher on January 31, 2009 at 8:00 PM

I think it may well be – that perhaps Pelosi told him to “stuff it” and that this was the price of his inauguration – she and her ilk get their Socialist Spending plan passed no matter what – and BEFORE any other business goes down.

HondaV65 on January 31, 2009 at 7:49 PM

No wonder he looks old and sleepless, his face is allover the crap waffle mix.
If he cant drag the republicans into this clusterf**k he know he’s in carters clothes.

the_nile on January 31, 2009 at 8:04 PM

It got passed in the end.

chunderroad on January 31, 2009 at 8:11 PM

Dear Donks:

It’s one thing to make a crap sandwich. It is very much another to force feed it down some else’s throat and blame them him for eating it.

Captain America on January 31, 2009 at 8:12 PM

“Please vote for this bill because I have Unicorns for you!”

TexasJew on January 31, 2009 at 6:06 PM

Hey…I have searched my back yard, my mailbox, and my sock drawer multiple times since The Coronation, and ….NO UNICORN.

WHAT UP WIT DAT?

seejanemom on January 31, 2009 at 8:35 PM

I didn’t vote for Obama, I don’t necesarily support the legislation. Basically what I’m saying is that you guys and Obama’s supporters deserve each other because you’re all dumb, single-minded and paranaoid, which is a really dangerous combo.

alex342 on January 31, 2009 at 7:31 PM

So I take it that you hiding under your bed on election day sucking your thumb means that your marbles are all intact?

TexasJew on January 31, 2009 at 8:42 PM

It could be that none of this really matters. Obama is about to suck up Gregg for a member of his cabinet and then the Democrat governor of New Hampshire will appoint a Democrat replacement and the Democrats will have a filibuster busting 60 votes. If the Republicans let this happen then they are a neutered party and not worthy of anyone’s support and the country, along with our liberties are lost.

rplat on January 31, 2009 at 8:46 PM

Nancy Porklosi isn’t interested in anything but her own bacon.

Mark_Tampa on January 31, 2009 at 8:47 PM

“Should I be a liberal? Should I be a conservative? Decisions are so difficult. It’s maddening” ~ ~ alex342

Entelechy on January 31, 2009 at 6:23 PM

“Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?
I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.
I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.”
T. S. Eliot
Love Song of J. ALfred Prufrock

TexasJew on January 31, 2009 at 8:49 PM

“The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, scheduled meetings in Washington this weekend with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and other senators to press for her state’s share of the package.”

Uh oh.

getalife on January 31, 2009 at 8:58 PM

Screw ‘em if they can’t take a joke…

Hog Wild on January 31, 2009 at 9:07 PM

Uh oh.

getalife on January 31, 2009 at 8:58 PM

No governor will say no to the handout , if it goes through.
Everyone needs to pay for it later anyway.

the_nile on January 31, 2009 at 9:18 PM

Here’s a little more detail.

A dinner Friday night at the home of financier Fred Malek also will give her a chance to lobby congressional leaders, like Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., about Alaska issues regarding the federal stimulus package, she said.

The package calls for quick starts on construction projects, but Palin said Alaska will likely require an exemption to the strict timelines proposed because of the climate and shorter construction season.

It does sound as if the Alaska work would actually create some jobs and be part of the infrastructure improvement that’s only 2.7% of the “stimulus”.

INC on January 31, 2009 at 9:25 PM

When I saw that getalife was the one who posted that without a link, I thought I would check it out for myself.

I’d wait to freak until I hear more.

INC on January 31, 2009 at 9:26 PM

Here’s a news flash for Democrats: If you want Republican votes on legislation in this session,…

I don’t want Republican votes on this legislation. None. Nada. Nil. It is every bit as terrible as you’ve been portraying it, in every aspect. So why this sudden interest in what could be done to get Republican votes? There should not be any Republican votes. There should not be any Democrat votes, either, but that’s another story, and another battle.

What concerns me nowadays is that the $900-billion (and climbing) price tag is so appalling that counter-proposals for $100-billion are being given serious consideration, as if they are palatable. They aren’t. If the initial, going-in price had been $100-billion, we would be screaming about it. But because it is such a small part of the original bill, it doesn’t generate all that much outrage. Have we forgotten that the whole concept of government bail-outs is flawed?

Let us not forget, either, that President Obama’s meeting with the Republicans to solicit their support generated the sound bite of the week: “I won.” Was that supposed to endear the GOP House to his message?

Doesn’t she know that they should take whatever money they can get from the taxpayers and use it for whatever they want?

alex342 on January 31, 2009 at 5:52 PM

Why not? That’s what the Democrats are doing.

ss396 on January 31, 2009 at 9:32 PM

How can they blame Republicans when 11 Democrats voted against the ’stimulus’ bill? It was bipartisan support AGAINST the bill – and only partisan support FOR it.

jerseyman on January 31, 2009 at 5:40 PM

Yep, why are we not hearing about those eleven democrats and what is their say on this?

N4646W on January 31, 2009 at 9:35 PM

INC on January 31, 2009 at 9:26 PM

The GOP Governors are for it and many States are going broke.

They will lobby for the stimulus plan.

It will be well over 600 pages.

getalife on January 31, 2009 at 9:40 PM

Rush Limbaugh is just a convenient excuse for the deliberately high-handed, arrogant approach by Democratic leadership — and the Republicans were right to reject it, especially on this porkfest of a bill.

Say it LOUD my brotha….AMEN to that!

NY Conservative on January 31, 2009 at 9:50 PM

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