Thursday, January 21, 2010

How Gracious

Dana Milbank notes that the Republicans were about as gracious in winning the Senate race in Massachusetts as a pro wrestler is when he’s standing over an opponent after bludgeoning him with a chair.

At a Wednesday-morning news conference called by House GOP leaders, Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.) claimed to speak for the American people when she asked: “Mr. President and the majority, can you hear us now?”

“The American people spoke in Virginia,” she continued, imitating the Verizon commercial that has been adopted by conservative “tea party” activists. “Can you hear us now?”

“The American people spoke in New Jersey. Can you hear us now?”

“And they certainly spoke last night in Massachusetts,” she concluded. “Can you hear us now?

Of course they can hear you, Congresswoman. A deaf man could hear you.

What the American people don’t hear is any offer by the Republicans to compromise with Democrats on health care, climate-change legislation, fiscal matters or much of anything else.

If anything, Scott Brown’s surprise victory in Massachusetts on Tuesday seems to have left Republicans with the belief that their “party of no” strategy is working. After the Republican House leaders pronounced all the things they don’t want to do — “end . . . scrap . . . reject . . . has to be stopped . . . no to this . . . no . . . not to embark . . . isn’t working” — they cut off questioning after a couple of minutes and left.

“Is there any specific area of health-care reform where you could cooperate with Democrats?” NBC’s Luke Russert called out to House Minority Leader John Boehner (D-Ohio). Boehner muttered something unintelligible and continued walking.


The Republican reaction to the Massachusetts results could be summarized in four words: nana nana boo boo.

I suppose it’s to be expected that they’d make as much of it as possible; after all, they’ve had so little to be proud of in the last two — no, make that ten — years. So let them have their little end-zone dance.

And it seems to be a little forced. They are going over the top and trying to hang on to the celebration because they really don’t have anything else to offer; they have never offered a serious plan for healthcare reform, deficit reduction, or economic recovery. Since their M.O. for winning elections is to co-opt their party to a bunch of wackos who think the way to get things done is to SHOUT LOUDER, it’s no wonder they don’t want to talk about what will happen once Scott Brown is in the Senate.