Milbank: Losing the Senate could be just what Obama needs

posted at 2:31 pm on July 5, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

It seems to be an axiom among Democrat strategists that if life hands you lemons, you pick those lemons up and throw them at the Republicans as hard as you can. But for the rest of the world, one hopes to make lemonade. One particular pack of lemons the Democrats are dealing with this year is the very real possibility of losing control of the Senate this fall. And if you read no further than the title, you might think that the hope of making lemonade was the attitude taken by the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank, when he wrote, For Obama, loss of the Senate could be freeing.

It’s not a crazy idea at all. Sometimes a president can be forced into finding a path toward getting things done when faced with a unified block of opposition in the legislative branch. Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich seemed to find a way to make things work, at least for a time, and it’s now looked back on as one of the more productive and appreciated eras of federal government accomplishment in modern political history. But as you read further into Milbank’s musings you find that he’s talking about something very different.

Yet there’s a chance that having an all-Republican Congress would help Obama — and even some White House officials have wondered privately whether a unified Republican Congress would be better than the current environment. Republicans, without Harry Reid to blame, would own Congress — a body that inspires a high level of confidence in just 7 percent of Americans, according to a Gallup survey last month finding Congress at a new low and at the bottom of all institutions tested.

There would be no more excuses for Republicans’ failure to put forward their own health-care plan, immigration proposals, specific cuts to popular government programs, and pet causes involving abortion, birth control and gay rights. This would set up real clashes with Obama — who could employ the veto pen he hasn’t used a single time since Republicans gained control of the House in 2010 — and sharp contrasts that would put him on the winning side of public opinion.

It is not hard to imagine a Republican takeover of the Senate causing conservatives in both chambers to overreach. House Republicans would get more pressure from their base to take a swing at impeachment, because the odds of convicting Obama in the Senate would be better (if still prohibitive).

Vetoes? Impeachment? Pinning the “blame” for a dysfunctional Congress exclusively on the GOP rather than sharing it? These are the net positives for Obama in the event of a Republican controlled Senate? Wait a minute here… I thought that obstructionism and gridlock were bad things and the reason that the GOP needs to be taken to the woodshed?

In these few paragraphs we get an unapologetic peek behind the mask and see exactly what the real goals are in the DC elite thinking circles. Actually getting something done isn’t in anyone’s best interest. (One need look no further than the immigration debate – which Democrats have no interest in resolving – to see that.) Milbank speaks aloud what so many leaders in the Democrat Party try not to reveal. The true objective is always winning the next election, not doing something for the nation today. If Obama can be propped up on camera wielding his veto pen, that’s a win, even if it means there’s still nothing getting done. He’s fighting the Republicans and that’s all that counts. Milbank doesn’t want the President impeached, but he most certainly does want the GOP to try it in case it makes voters think more kindly of Obama. And if the pathetic polling numbers of the legislative branch remain in the toilet for two more years, all the better – as long as the GOP shoulders the blame.

When life hands you lemons, inject some poison into them and feed them to your enemies.


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When isn’t Dana Milbank wrong?

oscarwilde on July 5, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Nah he will just tout his executive power more.

sorrowen on July 5, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Just the think Obama needs……to finally put an end to the systems of checks and balances in this country.

LilyBart on July 5, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Schadenfreude, pure!!!

Leftist defeatism is what’s for dinner.

Schadenfreude on July 5, 2014 at 2:45 PM

As usual, Dana Milbank is telling us the truth even when he isn’t.

A Republican Congress will help Obama, as he sees it, by giving him a more defensible excuse to wield Executive power for all of the various projects yet undone by his administration. In his eyes, he was put in office to get certain things done, and he’s going to get them done, by hook or by hook. He figures that history will judge him positively for his actions, because he got results, and results are all that matters. Obama believes that he is riding the progressive current of history, and thus that history itself will be his vindication.

After all, the great Presidents, as he sees them, Lincoln, Wilson, Roosevelt, acted un-Constitutionally in the service of the progressive vision, and they are now in the pantheon. And he sees himself right up there in that company.

Of course, he’s completely deluded and will likely go down in history as the man who broke the U.S.A., but that’s a different story entirely…

Joseph K on July 5, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Milbank is as obtuse as Donna Brazile.

Schadenfreude on July 5, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Worst preezie since WWII.

Must be hell to be worse than “chimpey”.

Then comes Clinton and then the coot, Carter, who lived long enough to smile.

Schadenfreude on July 5, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Milbank’s really stretching to embrace Obama ‘leading from behind’….

Athos on July 5, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Take into account that Dana Milbank is a lying leftist propaganda hack, clear evidence that WaPo has not been a serious newspaper since the Reagan Administration.

But it would give Obama more justification for blaming Republicans for everything. There is just one problem with that: he’s been doing it since we took the House. It hasn’t helped his popularity at all, he is sinking like a stone. And Presidents get the blame for the economy and foreign affairs anyway.

The simple fact is Obama can’t do anything because he will not compromise at all. He is an arrogant narcissist who surrounds himself with adoring sycophants like Milbank, Jarrett, and Carney. Not a deal-maker among them. Harry Reid could have forged some compromises if he had ever set out to, but he also took the opposite tack.

And now, with public confidence disappearing, Obama is out of political capital. Republicans could still blow it and overplay our hand, but he has already proved the Emperor has no clothes.

Adjoran on July 5, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Or…he will look more like tyrant as be wields his veto Len on everything that crosses his desk.

I like that scenario.

can_con on July 5, 2014 at 2:54 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloward%E2%80%93Piven_strategy

Cloward Piven
Cloward Piven
Cloward Piven
Cloward Piven

wake up, folks.

chuckh on July 5, 2014 at 2:55 PM

In these few paragraphs we get an unapologetic peek behind the mask and see exactly what the real goals are in the DC elite thinking circles.

Which is very simply, embracing and expanding fascism.

Locking up power, control, and wealth within the DC elite thinking circles and elected officials of the establishment. Effectively, it’s time for a pox on both of their houses when it comes to the establishment. They remain convinced that the people exist to serve them as opposed to it being the other way around.

Athos on July 5, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Veto pen! Damn auto correct.

can_con on July 5, 2014 at 2:56 PM

The old “Obama murders all puppies” spun into “Obama makes the world safer for cats” trick. That’s the fourteenth time progressives have fallen for that this week.

The Rogue Tomato on July 5, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Not sure why there hasn’t been a non-stop GOP campaign against Harry Reid and his golden Pocket Veto plan.

can_con on July 5, 2014 at 2:59 PM

It seems to be an axiom among Democrat strategists that if life hands you lemons, you pick those lemons up and throw them at the Republicans as hard as you can.

That’s a good line, Jazz.

Note that it’s also applicable to Republican strategists and conservative Republicans (including grass-roots TEA party activists), respectively …

ShainS on July 5, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Some people still think after the Cochran fiasco that the R’s will win the Senate?
LOL that’s adorable.

Mr. Arrogant on July 5, 2014 at 3:01 PM

So, even when Obama fails, he succeeds? Good to know. Thanks Dana.

WhatSlushfund on July 5, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Milbank speaks aloud what so many leaders in the Democrat Party try not to reveal. The true objective is always winning the next election, not doing something for the nation today. If Obama can be propped up on camera wielding his veto pen, that’s a win, even if it means there’s still nothing getting done.

Milbank is almost as lazy and stupid as Obama. The point of this opinion piece was to send up a trial balloon. In other words, actually losing control of the Senate is really a victory. Just like when Ed and Allah were praising the House HOP for caving on defunding Obamacare last October. Ignore the reality of defeat (and cowardice in the case of the House GOP) and engage in spin.

The obvious problem with Milbank’s suggestions (really those of Valarie Jarrett and the DNC- he’s a lazy hack) is that you only get so far with vetoes and veto threats. If the GOP controls the legislative branch they have the opportunity to highlight just how little this administration even tries to work with Congress. I say opportunity because those leading the GOP are still the same worthless cowards that HA was lauding for their “surrender now to fight another day” nonsense.

Happy Nomad on July 5, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Meanwhile, back here on planet Earth…

WhatSlushfund on July 5, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Thank you Dana!

Please spread his column to liberals and tell them to say home in November.

sentinelrules on July 5, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Love the picture of the oaf in chief.

Schadenfreude on July 5, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Dana Milbank is a fool…

OmahaConservative on July 5, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Or…he will look more like tyrant as be wields his veto Len on everything that crosses his desk.

I like that scenario.

can_con on July 5, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Leave Len out of this! ;0

Seriously, the GOP needs to play this carefully. They can’t go in for Old Testament vengeance if they regain control of Congress. The first few legislative actions should be relatively innocent (with the devil in the details) and let the filthy stupid rat-eared tyrant veto a bill that protects puppies or something. Never mind the rider that defunds the Department of Education- make it all about Obama and Democrats hating puppies.

Happy Nomad on July 5, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Worst preezie since WWII.

Worst preezie since WWII 1789.

FIFY, as the kids say.

F X Muldoon on July 5, 2014 at 3:09 PM

By the way kids, remember that there are only 28 legislative days between now and the elections. That and not Eric Cantor’s defeat is why immigration is dead ahead of the mid-terms.

But….. if the GOP should prevail in keeping the House and getting back the Senate. Look for the looting of America in the lame duck session to resemble the sacking of Rome or a Louisiana Walmart when the EBT system goes down.

Happy Nomad on July 5, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Happy Nomad on July 5, 2014 at 3:07 PM

That’s what I am hoping for. Small stuff that won’t over reach but will expose Obama and the dems as uncompromising ideologues.

can_con on July 5, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Worst preezie since WWII 1789.

FIFY, as the kids say.

F X Muldoon on July 5, 2014 at 3:09 PM

I’m willing to throw in those who were “President” under the Articles of Confederation…….

John Hanson (1782)
Elias Boudinot (1783)
Thomas Mifflin (1784)
Richard Henry Lee (1785)
John Hancock (1786)
Nathan Gorman (1787)
Arthur Saint Clair (1788)
Cyrus Griffin (1789)

And I also thing that King George III was probably a better leader than Obama, as well.

Happy Nomad on July 5, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Losing the Senate could be just what Obama needs? Well, let’s give him what he needs then. I’m fine with that.

theCork on July 5, 2014 at 3:18 PM

So Dana, when he had complete control of Congress for almost 2 years, explain to us peons why he got nothing accomplished? Eagerly waiting….

hillsoftx on July 5, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Because Democracy is soooo passe’.

CW on July 5, 2014 at 3:23 PM

The Rs better have a plan (and immigration isn’t one of them) b/c if they do nothing, of the 33 US senate seats up for election in 2016 are going to keep a R majority?

O will use his exec. powers and the Rs better have a planned, ready-to-go media response for all the stuff O will do to this nation. I’m tired of “beltway politicians” who keep looking for their next meal – we have limited time to turn around this ship. IF the Rs take over the Senate, they need some good PR to keep them in the press and the current MO crowd isn’t it.

MN J on July 5, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Milbank always looks like he has a very sour lemon stuffed in his face…and his ass.

CW on July 5, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Losing the Senate could be just what Obama needs

…no!…the man needs a major enema!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 5, 2014 at 3:34 PM

So Dana, when he had complete control of Congress for almost 2 years, explain to us peons why he got nothing accomplished? Eagerly waiting….

hillsoftx on July 5, 2014 at 3:19 PM

That’s an easy one. Even a stupid hack like Dana Milbank could answer it (even if they pull a Juan Williams and simply defend the
indefensible).

It was hubris and arrogance. With schoolchildren singing paeans to the rat-eared wonder (mmmm mmmmm mmmmm!) and all the rest, the administration they thought they could bully through their agenda without bothering working with Congress. Any resistance from Congress was met with a check written against political capital. That capital is gone and he has no coattails.

Which is going to be an interesting challenge for many Dems in 2014 and 2016. They can’t refute the lazy stupid bastard whose shucking and jiving has become a national embarrassment. But they can’t embrace him and his actions either. Health issues aside, I think Killary won’t run in 2016 because she won’t be able to distance herself from the policies and actions that has turned her into the butcher of Benghazi.

Happy Nomad on July 5, 2014 at 3:34 PM

I wonder : Did Milbank express such sentiments prior to Bush’s final two years?

CW on July 5, 2014 at 3:36 PM

It seems to be an axiom among Democrat strategists that if life hands you lemons, you pick those lemons up and throw them at the Republicans as hard as you can. But for the rest of the world, one hopes to make lemonade.

I’m with noted anthropologist Ron White on this one;

When life gives you lemons, find someone whom life has given Vodka!”

massrighty on July 5, 2014 at 3:38 PM

By that logic we should all just resign ourselves to him being our King.

It’s really no longer about high taxes or more or less government. It’s about the survival of our nation. Then it’ll come to whether we can save our families or even ourselves.

If Hillary gets elected or anyone from the hardcore left in 2016… forget about border fences. We’ll all need a clear path out of this country.

JellyToast on July 5, 2014 at 3:42 PM

What’s stopping Barack from doing anything he wants now? What difference does a few Senate seats make?

SouthernGent on July 5, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Milbank excels at bovine excrement. He never mentions all the legislation passed by the House, and now continues to sit on Harry Reid’s desk.

Yeah, let King Barack wave his magic veto pen. Then lets see how long that “obstructionist” rhetoric lasts.

GarandFan on July 5, 2014 at 3:50 PM

If losing the Senate is good for him, losing the Presidency would be even better.

Flange on July 5, 2014 at 3:51 PM

……Obama — who could employ the veto pen he hasn’t used a single time since Republicans gained control of the House in 2010…….

And he will not need to use that veto pen, as long as Harry Reid is running interference for him.

iurockhead on July 5, 2014 at 3:54 PM

obama had Pelosi/Reid for 2 years and did nothing, leftist Utopian fools!!! he hates you.

Schadenfreude on July 5, 2014 at 3:56 PM

There would be no more excuses for Republicans’ failure to put forward their own health-care plan, immigration proposals, specific cuts to popular government programs, and pet causes involving abortion, birth control and gay rights.

I guess all the bills reid has refused to bring fwd in the senate don’t count huh ??
milbanks an idiot.

dmacleo on July 5, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Losing the Senate could be just what Obama needs

Don’t know about Obama, but it sure is what the country needs. Just hope it’s by enough to pull enough Democrats vote to override the certain veto’s. I also don’t want the Republicans to have any excuse as to why they are forcing issues.

whbates on July 5, 2014 at 3:59 PM

I guess all the bills reid has refused to bring fwd in the senate don’t count huh ??
milbanks an idiot.

dmacleo on July 5, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Um…… that pile of bills stored in Reid’s office is a strategic reserve for the coming ice age.

Happy Nomad on July 5, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Milbank excels at bovine excrement.

GarandFan on July 5, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Milbank is a DC insider. His only understanding of cattle involves the menu at the Occidental Grill.

Happy Nomad on July 5, 2014 at 4:06 PM

In these few paragraphs we get an unapologetic peek behind the mask

When did these self-hating, anti-American nihilistic leftists ever really wear much of a mask?? You can’t seriously claim that you didn’t know the leftists were like this. Maybe Rahmbo Emanuel’s “Don’t ever let a crisis go to waste” should have been a clue? Barky’s lies, crimes and deceit about his un-Constitutional and thoroughly un-American national socialized health insurance/care? These things ring a bell?

I really get tired of people acting as if the left have not been out and obvious about their hate of all things familiar, decent and American. It reminds of the winter when a storm would come and people and the MSM turds would act as if the Northeast had never seen a storm or snow before.

WTFFF?

As to the GOP taking over the Senate … they’ll have to do it without my vote. I’m done with that gang of crybabies, retards and leftist-colluding dirtbags who seem to only want to represent illegals. The alien invasion is just as much Rubio and Boner and the rest of the Vichy GOP’s fault as it is Barky and his idiot junta. Does the GOP think I would help them get the Senate so that they could aid and abet Barky in destroying the border and finally terminating the concept of the nation-state? I don’t think so.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 5, 2014 at 4:07 PM

The Dems will not lose the Senate. You can thanks Haley Barbour and Miss. for that. More conservatives than ever are checking out of the political system and this will leave the GOP short of the votes needed to win.

Warner Todd Huston on July 5, 2014 at 4:08 PM

I have worked for, with and against the US Government for more than 25 years. I can say, unequivocally, that the Clinton Administration was by far the most competent. They were all business. That is especially true of it after the Glorious Revolution of 1994.

I seriously doubt whether this man-child of a President can adopt the “let’s get shet done” attitude that Clinton did, though. This administration is all about politics and sticking it to opponents. These guys don’t seek compromise. They seek destruction, and it is doing serious harm to the ability of people doing legitimate work in the public interest.

Conservative Mischief on July 5, 2014 at 4:10 PM

LOSING THE PRESIDENCY IS WHAT OBAMA DESERVES: BORDER MELTDOWN: Obama delivering 290,000 illegals to US homes

This is rank lawlessness and predation on the American people and it is being perpetrated and orchestrated by the President of the United States and his administration.

Obama has negated the United States border, gutted federal immigration law enforcement, trampled the constitution and US sovereignty along with the rights of US citizens, and he’s done this, not for humanitarian reasons, but because he is anxious to fulfill his vision of this nation as ‘just one among many’ as he stated in his speech shortly after his first inauguration. The majority of nations in the western hemisphere, with the exception of the United States and Canada, are comprised of a majority Hispanic people and are essentially, third world economies and governments.

Obama promised to redistribute this nation’s wealth and he’s doing that though allowing the poor and criminal classes of Mexico, Central, and South America, as well as any person in the world who chooses to enter this nation illegally through those nations, entry and residence in this nation, largely at tax payer expense. Obama seeks, through programs designed to give preferential treatment to those who enter and remain in this nation illegally, to make of US citizens and legal immigrants who are poor and/or unemployed a permanent underclass.

For facilitating and encouraging this mass predation on the American citizens and legal immigrants, for subverting and undermining federal immigration law, Obama should be removed from office immediately and tried for crimes against the constitution and the people of the United States of America.

thatsafactjack on July 5, 2014 at 4:10 PM

How would it be different than how he acts now?

formwiz on July 5, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Losing the Senate could be just what Obama needs? Well, let’s give him what he needs then. I’m fine with that.

theCork on July 5, 2014 at 3:18 PM

+ 100..Hear!..Hear!..:)

Dire Straits on July 5, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Very good Blog post Jazz Shaw..:)

Dire Straits on July 5, 2014 at 4:13 PM

“There would be no more excuses for Republicans’ failure to put forward their own health-care plan, immigration proposals, specific cuts to popular government programs, and pet causes involving abortion, birth control and gay rights. This would set up real clashes with Obama — who could employ the veto pen he hasn’t used a single time since Republicans gained control of the House in 2010 — and sharp contrasts that would put him on the winning side of public opinion.”

You’re right Dana, they wouldn’t be strangled in the Senate by Reid before the President would have to veto them before God and Country. Are you really looking forward to that?

Buck Farky on July 5, 2014 at 4:21 PM

I’m confused. Is Dana a boy’s name or girl’s name?

#BuckFarack

Nutstuyu on July 5, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Buck Farky on July 5, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Great minds and all that.

#BuckFarack

Nutstuyu on July 5, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Obama: “I menat to lose the senate. This is just more proof of how super geniusey I am.”

jukin3 on July 5, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Bad things happen when parents give a boy a girl’s first name.

bw222 on July 5, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Not sure why there hasn’t been a non-stop GOP campaign against Harry Reid and his golden Pocket Veto plan.

can_con on July 5, 2014 at 2:59 PM

The GOP establishment only battles conservatives. It would never dream of attacking Harry Reid.

bw222 on July 5, 2014 at 4:41 PM

And I also thing that King George III was probably a better leader than Obama, as well.

Happy Nomad on July 5, 2014 at 3:15 PM

George III was a better leader even after he went mad.

trigon on July 5, 2014 at 4:43 PM

If Obama loses the Senate, he doesn’t get to continue to stack the federal judiciary – which is Priority #1 with the Left. Confirmations will slow to a crawl; and various deals will be imposed by the GOP (1:1) to confirm any new leftist jurists.

This article is BS. They are terrified of losing the Senate.

matthew8787 on July 5, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Some people still think after the Cochran fiasco that the R’s will win the Senate?
LOL that’s adorable.

Mr. Arrogant on July 5, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Yeah, I think there are still enough people left who get sick to their stomach every time the pederast Harry Reid opens his filthy mouth as the Senate Maj leader, to overcome the stink factor of voting GOP.

Harbingeing on July 5, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Considering jug ears blames Congress for everything already, what difference would it make?
Plus… Milbank! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Tard on July 5, 2014 at 4:52 PM

The true objective is always winning the next election, not doing something for the nation today. If Obama can be propped up on camera wielding his veto pen, that’s a win, even if it means there’s still nothing getting done. He’s fighting the Republicans and that’s all that counts.

Exactly right. No wonder we are in such trouble.

cat_owner on July 5, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Some people still think after the Cochran fiasco that the R’s will win the Senate?
LOL that’s adorable.

Mr. Arrogant on July 5, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Rs deserve to lose MS and KY. But what about some other races? Joni Ernst in Iowa and Tom Cotton in Arkansas, for example, deserve to be elected.

Not fair to punish candidates who are innocent.

cat_owner on July 5, 2014 at 5:23 PM

thatsafactjack on July 5, 2014 at 4:10 PM

All of what you say is true. Remember that Obysmal and the “progressives,” particularly John Podesta, are beholden to George Soros, who embraces open borders;ie., no borders.

onlineanalyst on July 5, 2014 at 5:27 PM

So the pre-election spin is already starting. Something says the Democrat party’s internal polls are devastating. They may be able to steal a Senate election or two, but my guess the polls are so bad not even that will make the difference.

My guess the court-packing will be dialed up to eleven starting Monday. And Justice Ginsberg better get a food-taster, because she isn’t leaving willingly.

Eastwood Ravine on July 5, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Let’s all do our best to give Dear Leader what he needs: A Republican House AND Senate.
Just trying to help my Commander in Chief.

orangemtl on July 5, 2014 at 6:15 PM

thatsafactjack on July 5, 2014 at 4:10 PM

All true, which makes the Rs in the House way more culpable.

Schadenfreude on July 5, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Milbank. Only Ovama knows if he swallows.

RdLake on July 5, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Milbank. Only Ovama knows if he swallows.

RdLake on July 5, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Monotonous doesn’t mean monogamous. So there’s probably plenty of other guys that could tell you.

Flange on July 5, 2014 at 6:57 PM

It would give Barry a chance to lay around for his last 2 years and blame everything on the GOP. Morons like Milbank would swallow every drop.

rmkdbq on July 5, 2014 at 7:12 PM

He doesn’t use the VETO pen, cause Harry Reid does it for him.

rubberneck on July 5, 2014 at 8:12 PM

We must do our part to support the President by taking the Senate and keeping the House, and it might be even more supportive if we can strengthen our numbers while we’re at it. Good citizens, we.

HiJack on July 5, 2014 at 9:19 PM

So the pre-election spin is already starting. Something says the Democrat party’s internal polls are devastating. They may be able to steal a Senate election or two, but my guess the polls are so bad not even that will make the difference.

Eastwood Ravine on July 5, 2014 at 6:04 PM

According to Donna Brazile polls are meaningless. All of a sudden.

HiJack on July 5, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Milbank fails to consider that by 2015, voters may be demanding Obama’s impeachment. The guy has no sense of the weight of the office, it’s only a matter of time before he does something so ridiculously irresponsible no one to the right of Krugman will be able to defend him any longer.

TallDave on July 5, 2014 at 10:42 PM

So the Zero will get to say the Republicans are blocking everything he’s trying to accomplish for another two years.
It’s double plus good though since there will be more Republicans on the Hill to blame then there was before Nov. 2014.
The New New Milbunk strategy 2014 (not to be confused with the New Milbunk strategy 2010)

StubbornGreenBurros on July 5, 2014 at 11:35 PM

it is very revealing that obama is only looking for the next person to blame. He doesn’t care that the country is going down the tubes. He doesn’t care that the world is going up in flames. All he cares is that nobody blames him and that he can point fingers else ware. He is not in office to move the country along. We all exist to make him look good. How I despise him and all who support him.

warmairfan on July 5, 2014 at 11:59 PM

The Boehner can claim we are only one part of 3 parts of the Government, and do nothing. Assuming of course that the GOP doesn’t lay a giant turd on Election Day, as it appears they are likely to do

Brock Robamney on July 6, 2014 at 6:44 AM

Harry Reid has done the dirty work of keeping House and Senate Democrats from embarrassing Obama by supporting popular bills he has threatened to veto.

How does no longer having Harry to hide behind and revealing that he, Obama, is the real obstructionist help him?

Nomas on July 6, 2014 at 6:55 AM

Bad things happen when parents give a boy a girl’s first name.

bw222 on July 5, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Be careful….
War on wimmins and all that.

III

Sgt Stryker on July 6, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Republicans, without Harry Reid to blame, would own Congress —

And of course Harry is well known for reaching across the aisle to get things done.

Herb on July 6, 2014 at 1:06 PM

The demopraps always say this kind of stuff when they are about to lose big. They are recycling excuses. They can’t come up with anything new to “We suck”. It is what it is/

BetseyRoss on July 6, 2014 at 2:53 PM

who could employ the veto pen he hasn’t used a single time since Republicans gained control of the House in 2010

What need does he have for the veto pen? The only bills that pass the Senate are the ones Reid knows Obama will sign, and any conservative bills that pass the House are DOA in the Senate. Reid is effectively screening the bills for Obama.

The Schaef on July 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM