House and Senate Democrats enjoy being kicked around by Republicans.

Welcome to a major theme of the Obama Adminstration.

If you caught the news, the Senate Republicans just turned down permanent tax relief for the middle class, because they want a bill that has a huge giveaway for their multi-millionaire buddies. Their patrons, basically.

If I were the Democrats, I’d just pack it in. The Republicans are never going to compromise for anything except what they want. Negotiation with them is a one-way street.

I don’t know what President Obama is up to, but he better be getting a lot in these high-level talks with the senior members of Congress. The take on things over at FireDogLake is that he’s continuing to bargain away strong hands for weak ones. When the Republicans have the White House, they make it clear that whatever the President and 34 Senators want (the minimum number to sustain a veto), they get.

Why does it work in reverse when it’s a Democrat?

20 thoughts on “House and Senate Democrats enjoy being kicked around by Republicans.

  1. —Why does it work in reverse when it’s a Democrat?—

    Because as Nov. 2 clearly showed voters AREN`T happy with the way the Dems are running things.

  2. I think the November 2 results show that a segment of the population wants to see things move, but I don’t think it meant they agreed with the Republicans. Watch the fireworks now.

  3. A segment? LOL!!!

    The midterm elections cannot be classified as anything other than a huge distater for the Democrats. Liberal Democrats are picking up the pieces that remain of a November blowout that has wiped out a generation of Democrats at the state and federal level. Wholesale turnover of state legislatures and governorships combined with population loss in blue states and population gains in red states means Republicans will control the process of redistricting that will shape the composition of the House for the next decade and dramatically influence the election cycle of 2012.

    1. I disagree.

      Midterm elections are quite often a “disaster” for the party in power. That was 1966, 1974, 1982, and 1994 as well. This has happened before. The number of seats was a huge swing. But as I showed here at that time, a large number of seats that changed did so by about 3%.

      The people who put Obama in office stayed home, and another couple of percent switched to Republicans.

      Republicans are misinterpreting their “mandate” and watch what a mess it’s going to make!

  4. Sorry spin it any way you like but Nov. 2 was a blowout pure and simple. The voters spoke and they clearly do not like what the way Obama and the Democrats are running the country.

    What will be interesting is if Obama loses in 2012 and we begin to see “If Whites aren`t going to vote for us don`t expect use to vote for them” mentality crop up within many Black communities.

    1. I don’t expect the President to lose, but if he does, he is a young enough man to be around in 2016.

      You are really over-reading the midterm election. Add 1946 to the list, by the way.

  5. Paul Krugman:

    “The fact is that one of our two great political parties has made it clear that it has no interest in making America governable, unless it’s doing the governing. And that party now controls one house of Congress, which means that the country will not, in fact, be governable without that party’s cooperation — cooperation that won’t be forthcoming.”

    Heaven forbid they should all just get along…

    1. I read that one by Krugman, and, yes, that is what the contemporary Republican Party is about. They won’t get along, because the Republicans take unreasonable positions and then they won’t compromise. The party has its modern roots in the Deep South, and those people really are still upset about having lost the Civil War.

      Non-Americans (and many Americans) don’t understand that when people talk about “Republican Party”, it isn’t the one that existed before the 1970’s. This is some new, weird thing that betrays a lot of the principles of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.

  6. —You are really over-reading the midterm election—

    I certainly am not. The Dems had their chance and blew it big-time. Obama is seriously over-rated and the less said about Pelosi the better.

    Here’s hoping Gov. Chris Christie (who is quite popular in a traditional Dem state) gets a shot Obama. He’ll kill him.

    1. The Dems had their chance and blew it big-time.

      No, that’s still not true. The House passed an incredible amount of legislation to help everyday people. But the Republicans in the Senate blocked damn near everything they could.

  7. —-The House passed an incredible amount of legislation to help everyday people—-

    The center piece being Obamacare which the public clearly DIDN’T want rammed through.

  8. Well, I’m talking about Obamacare and the fact that many voters were and still are very upset the way this was rammed through.

    1. Yeah, but I still think it has plurality support, which is pretty good, since the Republicans keep lying about it.

      You are very repetitious, by the way. Just because you memorized the talking points, doesn’t mean that people will follow them.

  9. —Yeah, but I still think it has plurality support, which is pretty good, since the Republicans keep lying about it.—-

    You want to say the Reps. lied? Fine. O.k. Nevertheless the public clearly didn’t want Obamacare rushed thorugh but the Dems did it anyway. And the Dems will no doubt pay again in 2012.

  10. —You are very repetitious, by the way. Just because you memorized the talking points, doesn’t mean that people will follow them.—-

    Doesn’t matter. What does matter is the American public clearly had misgivings about Obamacare yet the Dems went right ahead with it.

    And we both know this was one big reason why they got tossed out on Nov. 2

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