Sessions: The president thinks it’s all about him

posted at 6:05 pm on July 29, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Why I love Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), reason No. 821 (heh — look at that, the same number as the number of days the Senate hasn’t passed a budget) … Here’s video of the excellent floor speech he delivered this morning (an excerpt of which I published in an earlier post):

“The president said—really—this is what the president said a week ago: ‘The only bottom line that I have is that we extend this debt ceiling through the next election, until 2013,’” Sessions says in the video. “The president thinks this is about him. It’s all about him. This is about America, and what’s good for this country. It’s not about the president. It’s not about politics.”

That’s the point. It might be a tired talking point, but it’s still true: Republicans haven’t been looking for a deal or for easy decisions that will ensure their reelection. They’ve been looking for a solution. But Democrats haven’t even been able to agree on what the problem is. The problem is not that our present fiscal situation might require politicians to make hard choices that cost them their seats in Congress. The problem is that our present fiscal situation has to be addressed if freedom and a limited social safety net are to be preserved.


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Kini on July 29, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Yup, if it’s about America, it’s not about him.

RBMN on July 29, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Of course it is, that and his election.

carbon_footprint on July 29, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Spot on.

AH_C on July 29, 2011 at 6:11 PM

I love Sessions.

onlineanalyst on July 29, 2011 at 6:12 PM

I still think the only “crisis” in all this is that The One wants to go to Martha’s Vineyard on 8/3, and he’s stuck with the story he ginned up about the deficit.

n0doz on July 29, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Proud of you in Alabama, Sen. Sessions!!

AubieJon on July 29, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Jeff Sessions: Doing the Job that American politicians won’t do.

400lb Gorilla on July 29, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Tina,

..excellent clip. Tangentially, you acquitted yourself very well on Hannity’s G.A.P. the other night. Will we be seeing more of you?

The War Planner on July 29, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Why doesn’t someone say that by making it go past the election they are telling the American people we don’t want your input in this decision.

txmomof6 on July 29, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Not only does Session identify the cynical political games that Reid and his caucus have pulled by not producing a budget for 821 days at this point, but Sessions reiterates that the Senate is abrogating its legal responsibility. Good for him.

Why don’t the media put this soundbite into their newscasts?

onlineanalyst on July 29, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Maybe Sen. Sessions could get past the deaf blockheads of ObaMao and Reid if he tweeted them.

onlineanalyst on July 29, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Two more year with no Budget? The house shouldn’t even take up the Senate Bill.

whbates on July 29, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Sessions “We’ve gone 821 days without a budget. The law requires us to have a budget. The lack of a Congressional budget contributes to our fiscal nightmare.”

How is that Law working for you? If the Law requires Congress to have a budget, yet Congress does not have a budget then a) the Law has no strength, or b) Congress is above the Law.

j_galt on July 29, 2011 at 6:23 PM

I still think the only “crisis” in all this is that The One wants to go to Martha’s Vineyard on 8/3, and he’s stuck with the story he ginned up about the deficit.

n0doz on July 29, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Don’t forget his big birthday party smash in Chicago, which is actually a fundraiser. Rumor has it that Chrissie Matthews will pop out of a big birthday cake.

slickwillie2001 on July 29, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Why does little Bammie so desperately want an extension past the election? How does that square with the prevailing wisdom that Republicans can’t possibly win the optics in this round?

slickwillie2001 on July 29, 2011 at 6:26 PM

Malignant Narcissist

clnurnberg on July 29, 2011 at 6:27 PM

X’lnt Vid….

Thanks!

Tim_CA on July 29, 2011 at 6:39 PM

It’s ALWAYS about Barry. All the time. Priorities.

Don’t want to be talking about all that debt piled up in last couple of years. Especially during an election.

Unless Barry is going to claim that Bush secretly came back to Washington and was spending money out the back door.

GarandFan on July 29, 2011 at 6:39 PM

Sessions sounds like he’s in fightin’ mood. Good for him.

madmonkphotog on July 29, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Douchebag President and his wife, Moochy, ofOf course it’s about him and them. It’s the only reason he ran for POTUS, so he could continue on his personal journey to find himself.

Bishop on July 29, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Right on senator . . . it’s also about the loss of his ability to use a blank check for buying votes. The Democrats can spout off all the bravado the want but the bottom line is they don’t get money unless the house appropriates it, and allocates it. Just remember Reid and Obama, you must first obtain authority from the house before you can pay off and buy off your parasitic constituents.

rplat on July 29, 2011 at 6:41 PM

It’s very sad that our side wasn’t hammering this point day and night. Any fighters out there?

faraway on July 29, 2011 at 6:42 PM

so he could continue on his personal journey to find himself.

Bishop on July 29, 2011 at 6:40 PM

He’ll always be empty and lost. She’ll always be rich, based on absolutely nothing. The latter is a travesty to the world. The carnival is supported by a derelict media.

Schadenfreude on July 29, 2011 at 6:43 PM

I call BS. If the truly was about America for the Republicans, they would have passed CCB and recessed, forcing the senate to pass it or eat the blame. Instead, they have been trying to get the camel through the eye of the needle for weeks.
1) Do not give Obama what he wants, which is until 2013.
2) Make it look like we are cutting spending.
3) Put up a good bill that we know will die, so we can claim that we tried, but had no ability to accomplish.
4) Cave in on all the democrats demands, such that all spending cuts are not real, no real change, no balanced budget in our lifetimes, pass the thing for 18 months or more.

astonerii on July 29, 2011 at 6:47 PM

The emperor is naked.

hepcat on July 29, 2011 at 6:54 PM

Has our POTUS evinced once in this process that He cares about us?

Ask the media about that.

C’mon guy show that you would dive on a grenade for me!

IlikedAUH2O on July 29, 2011 at 7:55 PM

Sessions is one of my state’s Senators, thank goodness; love him!

beachgirlusa on July 30, 2011 at 1:01 AM

Sessions is right. This is a complete abrogation of the responsibility of Congress.

Murf76 on July 30, 2011 at 10:34 AM