The Lady Speaks

Mid-term Creep

Is it at all surprising that the Republicans up for re-election are suddenly pretending they weren’t really all that happy with the King of SegwayHis Imperal Fearfulness….the President?

You can just see them asking, ‘George Bush, who?’ like they did to Jack Abramoff. ‘I think I met with him once or twice, but I meet with a lot of people. The President, you say? No, I don’t recall that.’

Jim VandeHei of the Washington Post gives us the latest GOP spin – that the GOP’s been cracking for years, but they’ve just done a really, really good job of hiding it under party loyalty….until now:

For years, the Bush White House and its allies on Capitol Hill seemed like one of the most unified teams Washington had ever seen, passing most of Bush’s agenda with little dissent. Privately, however, many lawmakers felt underappreciated, ignored and sometimes bullied by what they regarded as a White House intent on running government with little input from them. Often it was to pass items — an expanded federal role in education under the No Child Left Behind law and an expensive prescription drug benefit under Medicare — that left conservatives deeply uneasy.

(snip)

The White House at times has been ‘non-responsive and arrogant,’ said Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.). ‘There are a thousand small cuts,’ he added, that are ignored when things are going well but ‘rear their heads when things are not going well.’

Yeah, like when 60% of the population uses words like ‘incompetent,’ liar,’ and ‘idiot’ to describe His FearFactoredness….El Tonto Idiota.the President.

‘Members felt they were willing to take a lot of tough votes and did not get much in return,’ said Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.), an early critic of the port deal.

Congressional scholar Norman J. Ornstein has written that the recently vented anger, after being suppressed for years out of loyalty or fear, might be seen in psychological terms. He called the condition ‘battered-Congress syndrome.’

Hmmm…I don’t seem to remember a whole lot of disagreement when it came to passing the Patriot Act, nor during the Senate Intelligence Committee’s hearings on illegal wire-tapping, nor to cutting benefits to veterans in wartime, nor during the Alito hearings, nor to–. You get the point.

The Republicans weren’t divided on anything until the Dubai ports deal. They were talking up the Medicare prescription benefit better than the WH. They haven’t used one iota of their power to stop anything they didn’t like. Pressure from the WH?! Like I’m going to buy that from the folks who hold the purse-strings?! Y’know…the ones with the freakin’ majority!

Not – and I have to make this clear – not that the Democrats have been any better. There are precious few Democrats willing to take a stand on anything that actually matters – like Iraq, the deficit, illegal wire-tapping, etc.

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March 17, 2006 - Posted by | Bush, Government, Politics, Republicans

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