Senate Democrats’ press conference: These wingnuts sure are obstructionist

posted at 10:02 pm on July 29, 2011 by Allahpundit

Alternate headline: “Democrats surprised to discover Senate’s filibuster rule.” You know, I actually had a glimmer of sympathy for Reid last night when the GOP was obsessing over Boehner’s bill knowing full well that it would be instantly dead in the Senate. It was a waste of precious time with the ceiling deadline looming, but the dynamics of this standoff are such that Boehner and Republicans simply had to save face. This is the Democratic counterpart to that, I guess — a Seinfeldian press conference about nothing, griping about the evergreen reality of the filibuster in hopes of nudging the media yet again into blaming the GOP for the stalemate despite the fact that we still haven’t had a vote on a Democratic plan.

What I can’t figure out is why he’d bother calling a presser to whine instead of pushing his bill and letting the Republicans vote him down. That’s a much more powerful message than complaining about the filibuster. “We had a plan but the Republicans blocked it” is potentially a saving grace message-wise for the left if the stalemate persists and we hit the ceiling next week. Instead he’s ducking the vote for reasons I don’t quite understand. Even if he loses, he can proceed immediately to negotiating with McConnell on a compromise and then attaching that agreement as an amendment to Boehner’s bill. So why not force the Senate GOP to filibuster? It’s the left’s best counter right now to the Republicans’ “we passed two bills and you passed squat” narrative.

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She really should be the “no spin zone” and not the doofus who is on Fox 2 hours before her show. It was a great interview.

karenhasfreedom on July 30, 2011 at 6:02 AM

Agreed. Greta is one of the best interviewers around and she does her homework. She actually read (or tried to read) the Obamacare bill, and was one of the first to expose the convoluted mess that it was is. O’Reilly is a bloviating, pompous a-hole.

IrishEi on July 30, 2011 at 6:57 AM

Maybe it has to do with Nevada electoral politics somehow. Reid, being one of Obama’s two top henchmen if destroying our economy, may be trying to do some CYA after Steve Wynn spoke the truth about Harry’s BFF.

JimP on July 30, 2011 at 8:09 AM

I am surprised, can dopey harry spell wingnut?

tarpon on July 30, 2011 at 8:23 AM

And now Reid is about to feel the same rejection . . . drag out your savings because your government paychecks are about to come to an end and this poor sick Republic is about to crash. Obama, Reid, Pelosi and their merry band of irresponsible socialists have finally gone too far.

rplat on July 30, 2011 at 8:41 AM

Watching Reid spar with McConnell was like watching a five year old try and box with Godzilla… Too funny…

Dingy Harry is all flash and no bang… and “light” on the flash… Thx Nevada… Again…

Khun Joe on July 30, 2011 at 8:56 AM

Maybe Governor Sandoval can run against Reid in 2016. I can’t take much more of this jerk.

NathanG on July 30, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Senate Democrats’ press conference: These wingnuts sure are obstructionist

Who keeps tabling the bills the House passes? Is it opposite day at the U.S. Senate?

Dr Evil on July 30, 2011 at 9:20 AM

Harry has a plan? Why haven’t we seen it? Must be a lot of scramblin’ goin’ on behind his closed door. Boehner should start saying it’s dead on arrival in the house.

Kissmygrits on July 30, 2011 at 9:20 AM

From a Senior Citizen’s point of view,

I DARE President Barack Abysmal to withhold my Social Security check.. I DARE Hairy Reid to withhold Military pay.. I DARE these Dumbass Democrats to let the government default.

And then, try to pin the blame on REPUBLICANS?

Hairy?.. You’re not that smart.. You’re not that clever.

franksalterego on July 30, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Agreed. Greta is one of the best interviewers around and she does her homework. She actually read (or tried to read) the Obamacare bill, and was one of the first to expose the convoluted mess that it was is. O’Reilly is a bloviating, pompous a-hole.

IrishEi on July 30, 2011 at 6:57 AM

I agree that Greta is one of the better interviewers, but don’t ever think that she is one of us. She’s a liberal through and through.

No argument on Ted.

slickwillie2001 on July 30, 2011 at 11:31 AM

OBSTRUCT AWAY!

jjrakman on July 30, 2011 at 12:54 PM

kingsjester on July 29, 2011 at 10:12 PM

I appreciate the fact that you have seriously cut back on your spamming.

csdeven on July 29, 2011 at 10:19 PM

Why are you trying to pick a fight with kingsjester? No Palin threads to annoy people on?

But take heart. Your trolling is not in vain. Thanks to you, I’ve started following kingsjester’s blog.

There Goes The Neighborhood on July 30, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Never has their been a set of US pols who peddle so much bad faith as this Democrat leadership.

curved space on July 30, 2011 at 3:54 PM

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