Obamateurism of the Day

Gosh darn that Congress — that one with a Democratic advantage of more than 70 seats in the House and eighteen in the Senate that simply can’t get anything done! Byron York noticed that Barack Obama griped about the Do-Nothings at a Denver fundraiser last week, bemoaning the fact that Republican meanies just won’t let Democrats have their fun:

In his speech at a Denver fundraiser yesterday, President Obama repeated what has become a key talking point for Democrats — that the Senate “doesn’t get anything done” and the reason for that is that some Republicans, who “don’t believe in government,” are happy to block the administration’s initiatives because blocking government initiatives is “consistent with their philosophy.” Here’s what the president said:

“Look, something you got to understand — for those who don’t believe in government, those who don’t believe that we have obligations to each other, it’s a lot easier task. If you can gum up the works, if you make things broken, if the Senate doesn’t get anything done, well, that’s consistent with their philosophy. It’s a whole lot easier to say no to everything. It’s a whole lot easier to blame somebody else. That politics that feeds on peoples’ insecurities, especially during tough political times — that’s the easiest kind of politics. There’s a long, storied history of that kind of politics.”

Wasn’t it Obama who declared four months ago that this same Congress was one of the most productive in recent memory? From October 15, 2009:

“If we stopped today, this legislative session would have been one of the most productive in a generation — if we just stopped.”

Well, make up your mind, Mr. President. Either it’s the most productive in a generation, which means Republicans aren’t really the problem, or it isn’t … which also means Republicans aren’t really the problem.

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