Democrats whine that media won’t republish their spin on FAA impasse

posted at 10:10 am on August 4, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

This story from The Hill has a double dose of irony after a week in which the national media, which had been on New Civility watch since January, ignored the explosion of angry rhetoric from Democrats and their own ranks comparing Tea Party activists to terrorists .  Harry Reid and other Democrats in the Senate now whine that the national media won’t report their spin on the impasse over FAA funding as fact:

When Jonathan Karl, a correspondent for ABC News, asked why Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) had blocked a short-term FAA extension offered by Republicans on the Senate floor Tuesday, Democrats lost their patience.

“There’s a certain naivety that comes with your question,” said Boxer. “The story here today is the fact that our leader is reaching out to [House Speaker John] Boehner [R-Ohio] to say, ‘If we want to resolve a particular issue, whatever it might be, let’s talk about it,’ but not have one side say, ‘Take it or leave it or people will be out of work.’ And the essence of your question doesn’t understand that.”

House Republicans have offered Senate Democrats a short-term extension of the FAA authorization that would close several small rural airports in the home states of Democratic senators, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Rockefeller.

Rockefeller objected to the House GOP’s bill on the Senate floor and proposed instead a clean short-term extension of the reauthorization that would not have closed small airports, which Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) blocked on Tuesday. …

Democrats say the real issue behind the fight is not the Essential Air Service program, which subsidies small rural airports. They say Republicans have threatened to cut it only to force them to give ground on a bigger issue, a new regulation put out by the National Mediation Board, which makes it easier for airline employees to vote to unionize.

In fact, Reid actually demonstrated the extent of this irony when challenged by a reporter on his take:

One reporter asked why Democrats didn’t swallow the cuts to small airports in their states to pass the short-term authorization and then return in September “to fight another day.”

But Reid retorted that Republicans would find other “hostages” to force Democrats to back down on the labor issue.

Hostage takers! Everyone playing Democratic Demagoguery Bingo can take a drink now.

Procedurally, Rockefeller and Coburn did the same thing.  They both refused to provide unanimous consent to proceed with a bill.  Democrats in the Senate have an advantage in that they can overcome a lack of unanimous consent more easily, albeit through a lengthier process.  Furthermore, the bill that Rockefeller pushed would have to then go through the House because it was completely different in scope from the House version.  By that time, though, the House had recessed –  two weeks after passing its version of the FAA authorization bill, on July 20th.

The Senate had HR 2553 placed on its legislative calendar on July 22nd, a Friday prior to a weekend in which Harry Reid demanded that the House remain in town to work.  So why didn’t Reid put forward his own FAA extension bill?  Before Harry Reid became Senate Majority Leader, the process had each chamber pass their own version of a bill and then form a conference committee to iron out the differences.  This year, however, Reid has refused to move bills, insisting that the House pass versions of bills acceptable to Reid before he deigns to work on them at all.  It’s not as if the Senate was busy with other work at the time.

That’s why the FAA remains in partial shutdown.  It’s not because Republicans took the FAA “hostage,” or some equally demagogic and paranoid fantasy in the febrile recesses of Harry Reid’s mind.  It’s because the Senate didn’t do anything on the FAA extension until it was too late, thanks to Reid’s apparent fantasy of running a House of Lords rather than an American Senate.

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So now we’re holding planes and passengers hostage just like the 9/11 muslims terrorists!

SouthernGent on August 4, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Harry Reid is a disgrace and a threat to our republican form of government. The 2012 campaign should be as much about him as it is about Barack Obama.

rockmom on August 4, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Senate Leader: Lazy
President: Lazy

I see a trend.

Yet – I find it amazing that so many people work or buy votes to achieve a position, just to do nothing. Or was it they did nothing all along, hence their “success”.

Though I am not too familiar with stupidity and failure, so these things are foreign to me.

Odie1941 on August 4, 2011 at 10:19 AM

“Hostages”? It’s more like we’re throwing down spike strips, to stop their charge toward a Socialist utopia.

Ward Cleaver on August 4, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Reid is a walking, talking advertisement for term limits.

Ward Cleaver on August 4, 2011 at 10:22 AM

I can’t keep track of all the things Republicans are. I think we’ve been called every name in the book.

At least they haven’t crossed the ultimate line and called us all – liberal democrats.

gophergirl on August 4, 2011 at 10:23 AM

What part of “Senate passes bill and it goes to committee to reconcile with the house bill” does Harry Reid not understand.

Seems like Coburn should let the Rockefeller’s bill go to the floor, though, to get the Dems on record of where they stand.

WashJeff on August 4, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Then there’s this: Obama said “all of Congress need not return if the leaders agree to pass the FAA funding bill by unanimous consent.” Ya can’t make this stuff up!

debg on August 4, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Reid is a walking, talking advertisement for term limits.

Ward Cleaver on August 4, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Could it just be that he misses his pomengrate trees so much, he lost track of time?

a capella on August 4, 2011 at 10:28 AM

I don’t know about anyone else…but I am LOVING this era of new civility!

search4truth on August 4, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Harry Reid and other Democrats in the Senate now whine that the national media won’t report their spin on the impasse over FAA funding as fact

Politico must have missed this:

http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/kyle-drennen/2011/08/03/democratic-senate-refuses-approve-faa-funding-nbc-still-blames-house-g

and this

http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/alex-fitzsimmons/2011/08/03/ignoring-senates-failure-act-msnbcs-martin-bashir-blames-house-gop

Del Dolemonte on August 4, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Reid is so wary of losing the Senate that he won’t put forth any legislation that would lead to a tough vote. He’d rather have the House write a Progressive bill for him and his members to sign.

So far the media has signed on to that premise; it remains to be seen if they’ll continue to stand behind a Senate that refuses to legislate all the way to the 2012 general election.

BKeyser on August 4, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Harry Reid is a disgrace and a threat to our republican form of government. The 2012 campaign should be as much about him as it is about Barack Obama.

rockmom on August 4, 2011 at 10:16 AM

You can thank the Tea Nuts and Sharon Angle that Read is still in the Senate.

Falz on August 4, 2011 at 10:39 AM

I suspect Harry Reid hasn’t a clue as to what the hell he’s doing. They chose a moron who can’t do anything, other than name call and demagogue.

capejasmine on August 4, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Hostages!

Terrorists!

Wolf!

Wolf!

No wait, its just little blue boys just blowing their horns.

singlemalt 18 on August 4, 2011 at 10:40 AM

You can thank the Tea Nuts and Sharon Angle that Read is still in the Senate.

NO! I think voter fraud has much more to do with it.

meci on August 4, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Falz,
you can thank the Tea Party that Rubio is in the Senate.

rob verdi on August 4, 2011 at 10:45 AM

They chose a moron who can’t do anything, other than name call and demagogue.

capejasmine on August 4, 2011 at 10:40 AM

I think that covers most Dem politicians in general.

teke184 on August 4, 2011 at 10:46 AM

capejasmine,
and bring home other people’s money.

rob verdi on August 4, 2011 at 10:49 AM

It’s worse than you think. Here’s the video.

JohnJ on August 4, 2011 at 10:49 AM

You can thank the Tea Nuts and Sharon Angle that Read is still in the Senate.

Falz on August 4, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Bull! Harry had the scare of his political life and had to collect every political chit owed him. Tea Nuts, huh?

cartooner on August 4, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Semi OT

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0811/60634.html

Heh :)

gophergirl on August 4, 2011 at 10:51 AM

You can thank the Tea Nuts and Sharon Angle that Read is still in the Senate.

Falz on August 4, 2011 at 10:39 AM

I thought there was a great call put out by reid/obama to the unions who carried the desired vote….are you saying the teaparty has unionized?

tinkerthinker on August 4, 2011 at 10:55 AM

rob verdi on August 4, 2011 at 10:45 AM

And how about the House?

Cindy Munford on August 4, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Hostage takers! Everyone playing Democratic Demagoguery Bingo can take a drink now.

Will obakacare cover liver transplants?

ladyingray on August 4, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Lamestreamers must realize they are cooked as well as Obama. It really is their job too … ROFLMAO.

What do you hire a used up lamestream media for anyway? Pick up the poop with?

tarpon on August 4, 2011 at 11:04 AM

You can thank the Tea Nuts and Sharon Angle that Read is still in the Senate.

Falz on August 4, 2011 at 10:39 AM

You know who I’ll thank? Everyone in Nevada who didn’t vote for Angle who wasn’t a democrat.

cjtony97 on August 4, 2011 at 11:08 AM

I have to admit that I am a bit surprised that the MSM isn’t making more of this. I can’t decide if they really think the Dems are wrong or if they think there is real photo/story opportunity to be made of the stories of the laid off workers. Of course why would their stories be any more interesting than all of the other unemployed. Interesting.

Cindy Munford on August 4, 2011 at 11:10 AM

Will obakacare cover liver transplants?

ladyingray on August 4, 2011 at 11:04 AM

LOL

Extremists, Terrorists, Hostage Takers, Pivot, Tea Nuts!

Bingo!

Fallon on August 4, 2011 at 11:10 AM

gophergirl on August 4, 2011 at 10:51 AM

I hope they put Bachmann on that committee!

tinkerthinker on August 4, 2011 at 11:12 AM

tinkerthinker on August 4, 2011 at 11:12 AM

She would be good but would she accept? It might but a serious dent in what little time she has to campaign.

Cindy Munford on August 4, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Hostage takers! Everyone playing Democratic Demagoguery Bingo can take a drink now.

Will obakacare cover liver transplants?

ladyingray on August 4, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Unfortunately, no.

Instead, they’re stimulating the beer industry by pushing the Obama Speech Drinking Game where you drink whenever he says “let me be clear”, “uh”, “pivot”, “jobs” or he demonizes the opposition.

This is expected to cause a few one-time spikes in sales followed by decreased production due to deaths from alcohol poisoning.

teke184 on August 4, 2011 at 11:19 AM

Everyone playing Democratic Demagoguery Bingo can take a drink now.

AA kicked me out of the meetings, a year ago.

franksalterego on August 4, 2011 at 11:30 AM

You know, I am taking a second look at this hostage-taking, terrorist name calling business. Perhaps there is more to it than we realize. The dems are certainly acting like shell-shocked, crime victims, all running around terrorized and helpless.

If we can get them to the point that they have Stockholm’s Syndrome, I think we will be good to go.

Lily on August 4, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Amazing! Part of the FAA shuts down because Harry can’t take a tough vote. Say, which part is it, anyways? Seems like we can do without it…

ajacksonian on August 4, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Can they create an FAA Supercommittee bill that will deem the Senate to have passed a bill?

MayBee on August 4, 2011 at 11:32 AM

I don’t think anyone could have beat Dingy. The SEIU goons were in charge of maintenance of the voting machines in Nevada. Brilliant work by the democratics, not so much for democracy however.

slickwillie2001 on August 4, 2011 at 11:35 AM

I found this list of affected airports in this AP story from today:

Besides Morgantown [WV -- ed.], the cities on the list are Athens, Ga.; Glendive, Mont.; Alamogordo, N.M.; Ely, Nev.; Jamestown, N.Y.; Bradford, Pa.; Hagerstown, Md.; Jonesboro, Ark.; Johnstown, Pa.; Franklin/Oil City, Pa.; Lancaster, Pa.; and Jackson, Tenn.

One of them is Murtha’s shrine.

I was looking at some of them and they aren’t all that far, say within 30 miles, from another one. Even Ely, NV’s looks to be 60 to 80 miles from Eureka’s.

The thing is that there are lots more airports (you can check out airport maps here) just like those on the list. Lot’s more. So the question becomes, are these thirteen the only ones getting the ticket subsidies, and if so, why should they when there are so many others not getting them?

Dusty on August 4, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Why isn’t Reid forced to do his job? He hasn’t passed a budget in almost three years – this is negligence.

Someone needs to remind him of the way things are supposed to work …

The house passes a bill to the Senate – and the Senate changes it beyond recognition – then it goes to committee to resolve the differences.

If Reid has a problem with the house bill – he should pass his own. This crap where Reid just sits back and pokes holes in House bills – without any pressure to produce his own plans – has got to stop.

HondaV65 on August 4, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Here’s a good background article on this issue, which was has been under the radar for a while: The FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act & What Has Union Bosses in a Panic

slickwillie2001 on August 4, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Amazing! Part of the FAA shuts down because Harry can’t take a tough vote. Say, which part is it, anyways? Seems like we can do without it…

ajacksonian on August 4, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Yep, if this is what a government shutdown would look like, we should try furloughing a few more government departments.

slickwillie2001 on August 4, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Folks, just a reminder, we had a chance to get rid of Reid but Rs picked Sharron Angle.

edshepp on August 4, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Everyone who disagrees with Democrats are terrorists.

You’re either with them or you’re trying to destroy America with radical terrorism (of fiscal responsibility and responsible governance).

Yawn.

Good Lt on August 4, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Folks, just a reminder, we had a chance to get rid of Reid but Rs picked Sharron Angle.

edshepp on August 4, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Cram it, RINO.

:-P

Good Lt on August 4, 2011 at 11:53 AM

You can thank the Tea Nuts and Sharon Angle that Read Reid is still in the Senate.

Falz on August 4, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Good Lt on August 4, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Well he’s got a point; lets be fair.

We’ll have a reporter ask Boehner why he hasn’t voted on the Democrat plan to save the FAA; which hasn’t been written, proposed, added to a bill, or put up for vote anywhere.

When Boehner explains that he needs something to actually vote on we’ll have asked his side the same sort of question and we’ll be even.

Reid isn’t doing his job because it’s evil to ask him to, and Boehner isn’t voting on a bill that has never been written because that wouldn’t make any sense at all.

gekkobear on August 4, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Besides what Ed states, their is another reason besides this wasteful spending the Dems want.

The controversial labor provision holding up the long-term bill would overturn a decision by the National Mediation Board allowing airline and railroad employees to form a union by simple-majority vote. Republicans, who have long been concerned about union intimidation in these votes, want to keep the former rule treating a non-vote as a “no” vote.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/08/02/faa-construction-workers-in-limbo-as-lawmakers-prepare-to-leave-washington/

bluefox on August 4, 2011 at 12:03 PM

The Sacbee is sure pushing the democrat angle and blaming the GOP instead.

http://www.sacbee.com/2011/08/04/3815466/congress-is-killing-jobs-with.html

JeffinSac on August 4, 2011 at 12:04 PM

gekkobear on August 4, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Reid doesn’t like the bill the House sent, LOL What else is new?

“Our position is the Senate has had our bill for weeks and they need to pass it,” a senior House GOP source told Fox News. “There is no chance we’d take something different up in pro forma, we’ve told the Senate that.”

bluefox on August 4, 2011 at 12:06 PM

[bluefox on August 4, 2011 at 12:03 PM]

I’d forgotten about that. Thanks for the reminder.

Dusty on August 4, 2011 at 12:07 PM

I tuned in to Fox this morning with my coffee and here are the Dems again with their vile nasty comments about R’s that we’ve been listening to for weeks. I hope the American people are as sick of this sh!t as I am, and I’m sick of the Dems (Maryanne Marsh, in this case)on talk shows and the news throwing out that the R’s are just as bad. Rich Lowrey asked her which Repubs used the terms “hostage taker” and “terrorist” when talking about Dems. Naturally, they can’t come up with any, and just slide past answering. If I’m that sick of it, surely there must be many more.

silvernana on August 4, 2011 at 12:09 PM

silvernana on August 4, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Well, I’m sick of it! I’m sure there are many, many Americans that are not only sick of this but are sick of this Administration. No American that is sane would approve of ANYthing that has been done. I read a lot of blogs/forums online and don’t think all Dems approve of this at all. I don’t believe the polls either:-)

bluefox on August 4, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Guess Ed missed the AP coverage. In my morning paper here are some choice tidbits:

“…a partisan standoff over air service to rural communities and union organizing…” Yesterday they reported that the Republicans purposely targeted airports frequented by Democrat Senators.

Under the headline on the second part of this article which read:
“FAA: Republicans accused of manufacturing crises”
“…the real issue they say is that Republicans are provoking crisis after crisis to get Democrats to accept policy changes that the GOP wouldn’t be able to achieve through normal legislative negotiations…

That strategy was successful during the debt limit negotiations, but Democrats said they are drawing the line on the FAA shutdown.”

This was followed by 2-1/2 column inches of Barbara Boxer’s screed on Republican hostage taking, “this is their modus operandi: government by crisis that they make up.”

Then another 2 column inches about how the Democrat introduced legislation in both houses was “block by Republicans”…no mention about the GOP legislation sitting on Reid’s desk for 2 weeks.

Fox just reported that Reid, Rockefeller and Schumer all voted last winter in favor of an identically worded bill, but oppose that language now.

in_awe on August 4, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Dusty on August 4, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Whenever some of these Dem Senate or Dem House Leaders say anything, you can pretty much count on it being a lie, or they aren’t telling the whole story.

We need a truth detector machine, LOL

bluefox on August 4, 2011 at 12:38 PM

bluefox on August 4, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Personally, I hope they keep it up. I believe it will doom them at election time.

silvernana on August 4, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Reid is a walking, talking advertisement for term limits birth control.

FIFY

psrch on August 4, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Cindy,
indeed.

rob verdi on August 4, 2011 at 12:39 PM

in_awe on August 4, 2011 at 12:35 PM

The Republicans are manufacturing crisis after crisis? LOL
That takes a lot of nerve, especially after this debt-ceiling sham. Some people have more nerve than sense.

Have you noticed in life that if someone falsely accuses you of lying, that they themselves are liars? A cheating husband/wife will accuse the spouse of cheating? Many other instances could be listed, but it’s because these people think others are like them. This is particularly evident in politics, LOL

Read my 12:03 post.

bluefox on August 4, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Fox had a story this morning stating that one of the provisions supposedly holding up the passage, the end of subsidizes for airports within 90 miles of middle to large hubs, has actually been voted for by Reid, Schumer, Rockefeller and Boxer in the very recent past. Can I find it? No, because I am not canopfor.

Cindy Munford on August 4, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Fox just reported that Reid, Rockefeller and Schumer all voted last winter in favor of an identically worded bill, but oppose that language now.

in_awe on August 4, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Thank you, since I can find a link I was beginning to think I dreamed it.

Cindy Munford on August 4, 2011 at 12:50 PM

slickwillie2001 on August 4, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Thanks, I just now saw your post. Will read this. The Dems have such a hard time admitting the truth:-)

bluefox on August 4, 2011 at 12:51 PM

slickwillie2001 on August 4, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Ok, I just scanned that article you linked to. Great info.
That explains and adds to the 12:03 post I made. The unions have been targeting the Airlines for quite some time. They couldn’t win with the rules that were in place, so they had some help from the W.H.

And THIS is what it’s about. Maybe we need to give support to those that are fighting this new rule. Since this is now on the agenda again, maybe we can let our voices be heard.
I think it’s a battle worth fighting.

Thanks for posting this link.

bluefox on August 4, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Rush is doing an audio montage of this now.

Del Dolemonte on August 4, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Wait a minute! Here is another tidbit of info that the Democrats are not mentioning.

The FAA has been operating under a series of short-term extensions since its multiyear reauthorization bill expired Sept. 30, 2007.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-02/reid-may-ask-senate-to-accept-house-faa-extension-bill.html

2007!?!?

Hmmm…Didn’t Obama, Pelosi and Reid have enough control in 2009-2010 to resolve this issue?

Sure seems like Reid is blaming others for his own neglect of the FAA issue.

wren on August 4, 2011 at 2:21 PM

The House already passed their bill…

Thanks, Nevada for another Dingy Harry moment!!

This is why I vacation here in SOCAL. You don’t need my money up there…

Khun Joe on August 4, 2011 at 3:46 PM

wren on August 4, 2011 at 2:21 PM

The link in this post explains very well what this is truly all about:

Here’s a good background article on this issue, which was has been under the radar for a while: The FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act & What Has Union Bosses in a Panic

slickwillie2001 on August 4, 2011 at 11:37 AM

bluefox on August 4, 2011 at 4:42 PM

They are trying to set up a Truman/Dewey contest. Dewey though it was in the bag and played it safe and Truman was able to turn the debate to the Republican, “do nothing congress,” (a stretching of the truth). Truman also heavily played the class warfare card including threats that the Republicans would take away all the gains of the New Deal. He was a major class warrior.

Truman toured the country by train — paid for by the taxpayers as a Presidential tour of the nation (hey, kinda like a bus tour of the Midwest) — and was able to connect with the voters never actually mentioning his opponent but railing against Congress.

Truman went as far as calling Congress back in session and presented them with their own platform agenda. He used that session to focus the attention on Congress and it was successful and would have been whether they passed any legislation or not.

The difference, Truman was a real, average working American who had a booming economy and a land of plenty following the war and immediate post war years of meat and other shortages.

Obama, well he doesn’t even know the price of arugula any more, besides he has thousands of dollars he doesn’t need anymore (see last week’s Obamateurisms).

LifeTrek on August 4, 2011 at 4:52 PM