Video: Democratic Senator complains lame-duck agenda “rigged” on hot mic

posted at 2:55 pm on November 30, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

“It’s all rigged, the whole conversation’s rigged,” Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) complained today on the Senate floor — without realizing that someone had left the C-SPAN microphones hot. An aide quickly alerted staff and had the mics shut off, but not before viewers heard Bennet’s disembodied voice griping about the top-down management of the lame-duck agenda. The Daily Caller first reported it without identifying the Senator, but Bennet later stood by his remarks:

Bennet Chief of Staff Guy Cecil stood by the senator’s comments.

“It’s something he’s been talking about from day one,” Cecil told The Daily Caller in an interview outside the Senate chamber. “The whole process being rigged against having a real conversation about tax cuts, the estate tax and the defense authorization. We’re not having a lot of those conversations. It’s just a symptom of Washington being broken.”

Well, that’s not Washington being broken.  That’s a symptom of Democratic leadership.  Harry Reid runs the majority caucus, and if he’s “rigging” the agenda, then the blame should fall on Reid and everyone who put him in the leadership position, not the geographical location of the capital.

But there is more irony to be mined in a complaint from Bennet on rigging conversations.  Just five weeks ago, Bennet’s campaign tried to get radio station KOA to rig an interview leading up to the midterm election.  At that time, the only conversation Bennet wanted to have was about how great he was, and how much of a sacrifice it was to actually campaign for office.   He wasn’t having a lot of those other conversations then, either — at least not by choice.


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Heh…
Hypocrite.

OmahaConservative on November 30, 2010 at 3:01 PM

I really dislike this man and I am mad as hell my State elected this SOB. He’s a liar and a creep. He should NOT be in Washington deciding our fates.

jawkneemusic on November 30, 2010 at 3:05 PM

everyone who put him in the leadership position

That’s YOU majority of voters in Nevada!

WashJeff on November 30, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Now he knows how the American people felt during the entire HC debacle when they weren’t being listened to.

Good Lt on November 30, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Bennett is only mad because he didn’t get to be involved in the rigging.

Bishop on November 30, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Well, that’s not Washington being broken. That’s a symptom of Democratic leadership.

the democratic way is to unnecessarily expand the argument and blame the city, when the true problem lies right in front of him. If Bennet (D-CO) doesn’t like how it’s going, then he should go fix Harry Reid right in the mouth.

ted c on November 30, 2010 at 3:06 PM

You are kidding me, you mean the dems have this rigged, they don’t really want to talk to anyone…well I’ll be darned, I just have never heard of such a thing.

right2bright on November 30, 2010 at 3:07 PM

To quote Allah ………

Aw.

fogw on November 30, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Here’s video from the House of a Republican reacting to the same circumstances.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJSnozJ4LVg

FloatingRock on November 30, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Hahaha. Good riddance you stinking rats. We’ll start cleaning up your mess.

Chuck Schick on November 30, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Bennett is only mad because he didn’t get to be involved in the rigging.

Bishop on November 30, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Thread winner!

gary4205 on November 30, 2010 at 3:12 PM

I really dislike this man and I am mad as hell my State elected this SOB. He’s a liar and a creep. He should NOT be in Washington deciding our fates.

jawkneemusic on November 30, 2010 at 3:05 PM

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I understand you feeling strongly about this, but don’t ever think that people in Washington decide your fate. They do not. You and G_d do that.

georgealbert on November 30, 2010 at 3:13 PM

I would love to rip the voters in Nevada for being so gullible and stupid. But I live in California.

People… Glass Houses… Stones, etc.

VastRightWingConspirator on November 30, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Bennett

OmahaConservative on November 30, 2010 at 3:16 PM

And just to nit-pick further, the voters in Nevada didn’t put Reid in the *leadership* position, that was voters all over the country in 2006 who idiotically gave the Dems the keys to the Porsche before they wrapped it around a tree and blamed the Reps for it.

i.e. it’s a much *broader* screw-up than that.

More important to fix it, though who knows if we have the attention span.

Merovign on November 30, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Democratic Senator complains lame-duck agenda “rigged” on hot mic…

…right before he voted YAY! on nationalizing the entire agricultural industry to “keep us safe.”

Rae on November 30, 2010 at 3:19 PM

They had to rig something since they didn’t have ACORN for the midterm elections.

cartooner on November 30, 2010 at 3:20 PM

UGH.. We tried really hard to get him OUT… I had a neighbor tell me that her son(9) said something to her about Buck, “he just doesn’t get it”. That is what the Bennett camp portrayed him as.
This guy sounds like he is doped up.

reshas1 on November 30, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Yeah but, did you hear about that great football game discussed in the Senate yesterday? It was really cool.

parke on November 30, 2010 at 3:24 PM

This is about as big a “revelation” as the Wikileaks documents.

This is what Harry Reid’s week-old football play-by-plays are all about. He’s not just stifling floor debates; he’s also rubbing everyone’s noses in it.

logis on November 30, 2010 at 3:25 PM

No!!! discloses State secrets again.

tarpon on November 30, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Darn.

hillbillyjim on November 30, 2010 at 3:36 PM

I love how people like Bennet complain about “Washington being broken” like they are some outsider looking in.

Does he realize that it’s his job to fix it?

Ampersand on November 30, 2010 at 3:37 PM

The assaults are relentless. The degredations continue. The “Food Safety Bill” is a disaster, a complete body blow to freedom. And it had significant Republican support.

Now Eric Cantor is weasil-walking away from repeal of Obamacare.

November 2nd has apparently been forgotten. The toxic citadel of Washington remains unbreached, the elitist imperium prevails.

rrpjr on November 30, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Six more years of this dimwit representing my state makes me want to hurl. He and Udall together are a toxic brew. Really makes you long for repeal of the 17th amendment. Our state assembly couldn’t do worse than the voters here selecting Senators.

djtnt on November 30, 2010 at 3:41 PM

“Dude! All I need are some Tastey Waves and a Non-Rigged Election.”
Senator Michael (I talk like Spicolli) Bennet (D-CO)

400lb Gorilla on November 30, 2010 at 3:46 PM

O/T: (sort of)

Breaking: Chris Dodd is going to give his resignation and farewell speech soon (this afternoon). Please try not to show any emotion—-in either direction.

Rovin on November 30, 2010 at 3:46 PM

“the voters in Nevada didn’t put Reid in the *leadership* position, that was voters all over the country in 2006 who idiotically gave the Dems the keys to the Porsche…”

“I don’t remember giving permission for a party, Joel.”

VastRightWingConspirator on November 30, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Breaking: Chris Dodd is going to give his resignation and farewell speech soon (this afternoon). Please try not to show any emotion—-in either direction.

Rovin on November 30, 2010 at 3:46 PM

Sneaking out ahead of handcuffs and an orange suit?
Maybe Wikileaks could do an expose’ of Fannie, Freddie, Dodd, Rangel, Frank and OBLathBlath.
Then a perp walk for all!

In a sane and just world,
and in my dreams!

dhunter on November 30, 2010 at 3:55 PM

For my fellow CO conservatives, this is more proof that Dick Wadhams has to go. How this piece of crap got elected makes me so upset at the republican leadership in our wonderful state.

torerodrizzle on November 30, 2010 at 4:04 PM

For my fellow CO conservatives, this is more proof that Dick Wadhams has to go. How this piece of crap got elected makes me so upset at the republican leadership in our wonderful state.

Agreed

400lb Gorilla on November 30, 2010 at 4:46 PM

Bennet(D) the goose-stepping bobblehead doll is unhappy with the script? Soooooo sorry.

DANEgerus on November 30, 2010 at 4:47 PM

400lb Gorilla@3:46

You beat me to it. I think he’s been wearing out his medical maryjane card.

Before the election he came back to the state to campaign and was distressed by how big the deficit was–not understanding that it was the result of the “Aye” votes he made in the Senate. Like our new governor he spent September and October bunkered-down in an undisclosed location staying as far away from any hard questions as he could.

Zardoz on November 30, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Hey, why don’t conservative boycott the state of Nevada until they recall Reid…the liberals boycotted Arizona..I think if the voices of conservatism called for one it would produce results…Nevada’s economy is dependent on tourism…

rich8450 on November 30, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Sadly, Colorado elected this ( previously only appointed ) moron to the Senate seat last month. We had a chance to kick him out and put a GOP in the seat but the state wide GOP self-destructed in Colorado this year.

SPQR on December 1, 2010 at 6:17 PM