Tension: D.C. Democrats get in Obama’s, Reid’s faces over shutdown

posted at 11:21 am on October 10, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via Breitbart, an enjoyable bit of counterprogramming to the “GOP civil war” coverage that’s dominated political media for the past month (although, admittedly, this is less about a wider Democratic rift than a rift between local and national politicians with different constituencies to please). The GOP’s trying to pressure Democrats by passing small funding bills aimed at re-opening discrete parts of the government — like the District of Columbia. Democrats won’t pass those bills (except for military funding, the politics of which are too toxic to ignore) because they think they’re winning politically from the shutdown and won’t do anything to ease it unless Republicans cave completely. That’s why kids with cancer suddenly find their clinical trials at NIH suspended; Reid will give ground on funding the military because it hurts the party too much for him not to do so but everyone else can get bent in the name of preserving Democratic leverage. The last thing Obama and Reid need, then, is for individual Democrats to break ranks and endorse the GOP’s small-funding-bills strategy. But the last thing D.C. Democrats like Mayor Vincent Gray and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton need is for local D.C. voters to think they’re not doing everything they can to get federal money flowing into the District.

What’s a D.C. Democrat to do? This:

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) had what some colleagues called “a heated exchange” and what she described as “a conversation” with President Obama during a White House meeting Wednesday afternoon regarding the District’s budget constraints as a result of the partial government shutdown…

Making her point, Norton spoke over the president and refused to yield the microphone, according to a lawmaker who attended the event. The lawmaker described Norton as “strident,” “self-absorbed” and “parochial” in her exchange with Obama…

While most lawmakers might not interrupt Obama as he answered their question, Norton said she was compelled to interject when Obama suggested in his response to her that the budget crunch facing the District is similar to how other congressional districts are adjusting during the shutdown.

“That demanded that I give a response,” she said. “Obviously we’re the only District in the United States. We’re uniquely in this position.”

Norton insisted she meant no disrespect towards the president. “He’s a big boy and I’m a big girl,” she said.

That was the private exchange. The public exchange, as you’ll see below, happened when Gray showed up on the Hill alongside Darrell Issa to lend public support to the GOP’s “re-open D.C.” funding gambit. That’s bad enough from the White House’s perspective, since it lends a bipartisan imprimatur and extra media coverage to the Republican pressure tactic. But then, noticing Reid holding a presser nearby, Gray decided to wander over and basically crash Dingy’s press conference, leading to the glorious “don’t screw it up!” rebuke below. I’m surprised he did it; having already had his big pro-funding photo op with Issa, he didn’t need to embarrass Reid too. Maybe a guy with scandal problems decided he needed to go the extra mile to impress D.C. voters. Or maybe the opportunity to humiliate Harry Reid is simply too delicious even for a devoted Democrat to ignore.


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Meanwhile, the guy who ’caused it’ is softened in…People mag. I hate this reporter with passion, but a few tidbits which annoyed him:

Maybe it’s no surprise that Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, likes to wear his black ostrich “arguing boots” around Washington. That’s one of the things readers learn in People magazine’s gentle profile of the conservative who may have done more than anyone in Congress to force a government shutdown.

More surprising? He’s been in not one but two productions of “The Sound of Music.” First in seventh grade, as conflicted Nazi youth member Rolfe. Then in high school, as Max Detweiler, who gets the von Trapps to perform at the Salzburg Music Festival, effectively paving the way for the family’s escape.

“Rolfe was really terrible,” Cruz told People. “I cannot carry a tune to save my life.”

The profile, on newsstands Friday, softens the sometimes hard edges of a senator who is often the target of sharp (and anonymous) criticism from his fellow congressional Republicans. It’s the kind of rehabilitation he’ll find useful if inside-the-Beltway rumors are true and he’s thinking about running for president.

He said he saw “The Butler” and found it “delightful.”

With most Washington museums and monuments closed because of the shutdown, the Cruz family headed to privately run Mount Vernon, where they “picked a whole bunch of apples and had a lot of fun,” Cruz said.

And “he never misses date night,” his wife, Heidi, tells the magazine.

Schadenfreude on October 10, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Harry Reid to Black Mayor: “Don’t get uppity!”

questionmark on October 10, 2013 at 11:26 AM

“He’s a big boy and I’m a big girl,” she said.

You sure about that?

OldEnglish on October 10, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) had what some colleagues called “a heated exchange” and what she described as “a conversation” with President Obama during a White House meeting Wednesday afternoon regarding the District’s budget constraints as a result of the partial government shutdown…

Maybe she’ll let the GOP borrow those cajones sometime (though I frankly couldn’t care less about DC’s budget woes).

changer1701 on October 10, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Anarchists

forest on October 10, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Lovely!!

Sherman1864 on October 10, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Lib on Lib Dilemma. You just have to LOVE IT.

KirknBurker on October 10, 2013 at 11:26 AM

A mortician is in charge of the senate.

NV, you s/b ashamed of yourself.

Schadenfreude on October 10, 2013 at 11:27 AM

“You set me up!”

Deafdog on October 10, 2013 at 11:27 AM

People mag. softens the ‘Hitler’ who caused the shutdown.

It’s a funny time in America. Plus, how do you like the Cruz family and a first lady name Heidi?

Schadenfreude on October 10, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Harry Reid to Black Mayor: “You look like a clean black but you don’t act like one”.

Schadenfreude on October 10, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Hairy Greed is a criminal. He should be in jail. Don’t screw that up.

NOMOBO on October 10, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Whenever DC politics come up, I’m reminded of the following irony:

The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is proud to be distributing this year the greatest amount of free Meals and Food Stamps ever, to 47.5 million people as of the most recent figures available in April 2013.

Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us “Please Do Not Feed the Animals.” Their stated reason for the policy is because “The animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves.”

The welfare state is alive and well on the banks of the Potomac. What you see in Holmes Norton and Vincent “still not in jail” Gray are the designated beggars.

Happy Nomad on October 10, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Did she use an “authentic negr0 dialect”, Harry?

Bishop on October 10, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Harry was holding his nose…these folks were Smelly…

ToddPA on October 10, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Boehner and company need to just sit back and watch it unfold.

kingsjester on October 10, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Boehner and company need to just sit back and watch it unfold.

kingsjester on October 10, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Instead he and Paul Ryan have sold you, the kids and the land already.

Traitors!

Schadenfreude on October 10, 2013 at 11:40 AM

I love the smell of Communist Red on Communist Red violence in the morning.

Seriously, it’s what happens when two narcissistic gangs collide.

Steve Eggleston on October 10, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Democrats from DC joining Team Anarchy? Interesting.

forest on October 10, 2013 at 11:43 AM

“That Spite House is a clown car, dude”…

d1carter on October 10, 2013 at 11:45 AM

If the GOP would stay out of the way this thing is going to blow…

d1carter on October 10, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Watch Durbin, Blumenthal and other RATS literally scurrying away off the sinking ship in the background as The Pederast speaks.

aquaviva on October 10, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Yummy. I’ll have my popcorn with a side of schadenfreude. Pleas GOP let this shutdown continue. The more days that go on the more chances the Dems will keep stepping in it.

neyney on October 10, 2013 at 11:51 AM

“Obama said the Republican ransom list is so long, the only thing it doesn’t include is his resignation,” the lawmaker said.

When this starts making its way through the pipes….

DON’T F’N TAKE THE BAIT!!!!

I know I’m a lefty to you all….but I do support parts of the conservative platform. So as the messaging is not stupid by falling for crap like this!

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on October 10, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Never interrupt your opponents, if they are fighting each other.

22044 on October 10, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Schadenfreude on October 10, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Thank You for speaking the truth!

It’s taken me a very long time to connect all the dots, to sift through fiction to get to the truth… Schad, gonna make a slight correction to your comment:

Instead the GOPe he and Paul Ryan have sold you, the kids and the land already. Traitors!

Yes! They are all of them, the GOP elite, TRAITORS, who have sold out the republican party, they will oust the true Conservatives, they will pick the next person they will put up for the presidential race, they will NOT allow YOU to pick and choose…

Defund the GOP and support the person of YOUR choice!!

Thank You Schadenfreude, your words are so true…

Scrumpy on October 10, 2013 at 11:56 AM

That’s why kids with cancer suddenly find their clinical trials at NIH suspended;

FYI those of us in the private sector who are studying cancer drugs are more than still working. We’re busier than a one-armed man at a shoe shining stand.

Something to put in perspective perhaps.

Defenestratus on October 10, 2013 at 11:57 AM

I never believed in Zombies until Harry Reid.

Only a soul-less deviant devoid of life could be such a reflexive a*& hole.

LetsBfrank on October 10, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Blue on blue….GOP, let them have their civil war!

Go have a glass of Merlot and leave them alone.

PattyJ on October 10, 2013 at 12:01 PM

an enjoyable DISTRACTING bit of counterprogramming to the “GOP civil war” coverage


FIFY, AP

Yesterday afternoon, this was news. It would have been a good topic for last night’s QOTD.

Holding it till today?

It’s just GOPe-media filler to put in to distract people Boehner’s cave.

PolAgnostic on October 10, 2013 at 12:01 PM

The Govt, any Govt cannot fix a damn thing! All they do is fvck everything up!

It is seriously time for a change…

What Obama did yesterday, by asking a charity to pay the death benefits, and stating that HE would have to govt pay them back, was UNLAWFUL!

He has made Congress even more irrelevent…

Is anyone in the media saying a damn thing about this eh? NO!

He has totally dissed the House, he is totally dissing all of us.

How much longer can this shite go on?

America;

Tho Art Doomed By Thine Own Hand…

Yet Tho Art Too Blind To See…

Scrumpy on October 10, 2013 at 12:03 PM

“Don’t screw it up”, said the bridge troll to the tall man of African persuasion.

patman77 on October 10, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Scrumpy, thank you for the clarification. You are indeed right. They are all way more culpable than the Utopian and thuggish Ds.

Schadenfreude on October 10, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Yes! They are all of them, the GOP elite, TRAITORS, who have sold out the republican party, they will oust the true Conservatives, they will pick the next person they will put up for the presidential race, they will NOT allow YOU to pick and choose…

Defund the GOP and support the person of YOUR choice!!

Thank You Schadenfreude, your words are so true…

Scrumpy on October 10, 2013 at 11:56 AM


Boehner has a ring with a tether through his nose …

… and the other end of the tether is held by the “GOP donor class”

The donor class is hurt by the markets dropping and financial uncertainty.

The donor class is 100% for the immigration deal.

The donor class got what they wanted from Obama with the Janet Yellen nomination.

The donor class does not CARE that our children’s future is bleak and our grandchildren will be left impoverished.

The only choice WE get is whether we make the GOPe and the GOPe-media pay a price for their betrayl.

(Side note: When I went over to the earlier thread to copy & paste this comment … seems one of our trolls had picked it up for denunciation – it must have hit a nerve)

PolAgnostic on October 10, 2013 at 12:09 PM

PolAgnostic on October 10, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Agree with you, this should have been the topic for QOTD last night.

But hey it was fun making stupid shark comments!! ;)

(gotta have a little fun sometimes)

Scrumpy on October 10, 2013 at 12:10 PM

More tension on the way:

per AP story–

The U.S. government’s aggressive prosecution of leaks and efforts to control information are having a chilling effect on journalists and government whistle-blowers, according to a report released Thursday on U.S. press freedoms under the Obama administration.

The Committee to Protect Journalists conducted its first examination of U.S. press freedoms amid the Obama administration’s unprecedented number of prosecutions of government sources and seizures of journalists’ records

Meh. The One promised to ‘fundamentally’ change America.
You OWN IT Lefties!

socalcon on October 10, 2013 at 12:12 PM

PolAgnostic on October 10, 2013 at 12:09 PM

The only option we have is to defund the GOP and fund those we want to see stay in the party and change it from within…

As for the donor class, what can we the little people do about that? Not much I think…

Scrumpy on October 10, 2013 at 12:13 PM

But hey it was fun making stupid shark comments!! ;)

(gotta have a little fun sometimes)

Scrumpy on October 10, 2013 at 12:10 PM


QOTD and its myriad tangents are always fun and its all good.

But Ed & AP playing “bait & switch” is just insulting.

Now Ed’s attempt at distraction is a fluff piece – “The end of civil service”

Yeah, Ed, that’s plausible:

We all know “civil servants” will be the only ones left to fight with the cockroaches after nuclear Armageddon …

… but go ahead and throw another DISTRACTION on the fire.

PolAgnostic on October 10, 2013 at 12:18 PM

“Don’t screw it up….boy.”

surrounded on October 10, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Well then we better hurry up and surrender before the Democrats come to the negotiating table.

Wigglesworth on October 10, 2013 at 12:18 PM

I just love AP’s writing style:

everyone else can get bent in the name of preserving Democratic leverage

and …

Gray decided to wander over and basically crash Dingy’s press conference, leading to the glorious “don’t screw it up!” rebuke

VibrioCocci on October 10, 2013 at 12:19 PM

PolAgnostic on October 10, 2013 at 12:09 PM

+ 200 million

If amnesty is shoved down the throat of the land, by both parties, combined with obamacare, it’s the end.

In that case, two scenarios:

1. Help Pelosi ragain the hammer and let it burn fast/hard, or

2. Throw all out, incl. Boner and Cantor…Ryan…and try to hold on until 2016.

Schadenfreude on October 10, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Interesting that Amash(R-MI) is getting a Republican primary opponent. I don’t know if it is an authentic TEA Party conservative or another Rubio/Flake fraud who is bought and paid for by the establishment.

Wigglesworth on October 10, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Faux, Hume, Krauthammer, most talking heads there, incl. the stupid but pretty blondes, Rove, all the so called R reporters who went to see obama, are in his azz and for amnesty.

DO NOT believe the “fair and balanced” idiocy. 45% of Fox is owned by a wealthy Saudi prince.

Schadenfreude on October 10, 2013 at 12:23 PM

As for the donor class, what can we the little people do about that? Not much I think…

Scrumpy on October 10, 2013 at 12:13 PM

The GOP donor class is hooked on crony capitalism, QE-FOREVER and massive defecit spending.

ALL of those needs have been guaranteed by the SCOAMF in the last 24 hours.

Janet Yellen will INCREASE QE from $ 85 billion/month using “unemployment” and “income inequality” as her justifications.

The SCOAMF Administration’s SEC and DoJ provide air cover for corporate cronyism and assurance that some folks are Too Big Too Jail.

Obamacare will NOT get sufficient sign-ups to make it work – but the SCOAMF administration with GOPe buy-in will just subsidize it to the hilt then laugh while more and more jobs are changed over to part time.

PolAgnostic on October 10, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Sounds like the House needs to hurry up and pass a bill funding DC just to needle them….

ChrisL on October 10, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Interesting that Amash(R-MI) is getting a Republican primary opponent. I don’t know if it is an authentic TEA Party conservative or another Rubio/Flake fraud who is bought and paid for by the establishment.

Wigglesworth on October 10, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Shouldn’t everyone be primaried?

thebrokenrattle on October 10, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Aren’t there 57 Districts–one for each state?

andycanuck on October 10, 2013 at 12:32 PM

That’s right Democrats, stick with dingy Harry and his boss and your constituents will see that soon you too will be looking for another form of employment

rplat on October 10, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Interesting that Amash(R-MI) is getting a Republican primary opponent. I don’t know if it is an authentic TEA Party conservative or another Rubio/Flake fraud who is bought and paid for by the establishment.

Wigglesworth on October 10, 2013 at 12:21 PM

He’s an establishment/business guy. He’s going to run to the left of Amash.

Resist We Much on October 10, 2013 at 12:56 PM

As for the donor class, what can we the little people do about that? Not much I think…

Scrumpy on October 10, 2013 at 12:13 PM

.
This time without the CNBC link – bu third try on this topic.

currently the lead story (and warning shot) on CNBC’s website

Business groups see loss of sway over House GOP

and if it doesn’t show up?

I guess dissent get’s you put in “moderation”

PolAgnostic on October 10, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Business groups see loss of sway over House GOP

As the government shutdown grinds toward a potential debt default, some of the country’s most influential business executives have come to a conclusion all but unthinkable a few years ago: Their voices are carrying little weight with the House majority that their millions of dollars in campaign contributions helped build and sustain.

Their frustration has grown so intense in recent days that several trade association officials warned in interviews on Wednesday that they were considering helping wage primary campaigns against Republican lawmakers who had worked to engineer the political standoff in Washington.

PolAgnostic on October 10, 2013 at 1:04 PM

I love it when lefty Dems start beating on each other.

RebeccaH on October 10, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Interesting that Amash(R-MI) is getting a Republican primary opponent. I don’t know if it is an authentic TEA Party conservative or another Rubio/Flake fraud who is bought and paid for by the establishment.

Wigglesworth on October 10, 2013 at 12:21 PM

It’s an explicit anti-Tea Party candidate that will run to the left on promises to bring in new pork to Amash’s district from what I’ve heard. The angle they’re going to push is that Amash is spending too much time on national issues and not enough time bringing in those sweet federal dollars. Major Republican donor groups are attempting to organize an effort to crush the grassroots activists that have been driving the Tea Party and Amash seems to be a test case.

The problem is that even if the donors who bought the Republican Party manage to nail a few Tea Party congresscritters, it’s not going to fix this sentiment: http://hotair.com/archives/2013/10/09/gallup-gops-favorable-rating-drops-to-20-year-low/

When you have a quarter of your party’s registrants angry with you, there’s a problem.

Doomberg on October 10, 2013 at 1:18 PM

(although, admittedly, this is less about a wider Democratic rift than a rift between local and national politicians with different constituencies to please pay off)

FIFY.

nukemhill on October 10, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Who’s that dude with Vincent Gray?

freedomfirst on October 10, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Reid: a decrepit hunched over cackling old crone.

Sherman1864 on October 10, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Real question: What does Ted say about this?

How exactly was he going to achieve abolition of Obamacare? Explain that to me. Has he ever explained it? And where is he now?” Krauthammer said on “The Laura Ingraham Show.”

“I mean his sidekick, Sen. [Mike] Lee said, ‘Oh, we’re past Obamacare. We moved on.’ These are the generals who lead people into the Battle of [the] Little Bighorn and then go home and have lunch and leave the troops out there? Where are they? Where are the generals? What’s their strategy to get abolition of Obamacare?” Krauthammer said.
Krauthammer did emphasize while he is on the ideological side of repealing Obamacare, there was no strategy laid out by Cruz.
“I argued [to repeal Obamacare] in ’09 and ’10. I argued it every week in my writing, on television … all of us were in the trenches. Cruz arrives on the scene and pretends he’s just begun the fight against Obamacare,” Krauthammer said.
He continued, “I’ve been calling this the ‘kamikaze brigade’… ‘the suicide caucus.’ I’m all for charging the barricades, but you’ve got to show me how to penetrate them. … And people are saying Republicans are in retreat. They’re not in retreat, there never was a way to abolish Obamacare now,” Krauthammer said.
Ingraham also expressed her frustration.
“I’m with Cruz in spirit, I like the fact that he’s fighting, but I think we could’ve achieved real victory on the delay and the ‘no Washington’ exemption,” she said

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on October 10, 2013 at 3:46 PM

At one point, Harry Reid tells the DC mayor, “I’m on your side.”

Is there anything less reassuring than a politician telling you he’s “on your side?” It’s such a meaningless phrase that promises nothing at all.

There Goes the Neighborhood on October 10, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on October 10, 2013 at 3:46 PM

You democrats are being displayed, to the world, how morally and intellectually bankrupt you really are. Own it you feckless fktard.

Murphy9 on October 10, 2013 at 5:17 PM