My dad's generation used to have a nifty little saying when confronted with an "I can't believe my eyes" scenario. They used to say, "I didn't know whether to s**t or go blind…" And so it is for me, when it comes to the garbage going on in Congress these days.
Ninety percent of Congressional Republicans did nothing but grandstand, bitch, and proselytize during the negotiations for President Obama's Economic Stimulus bill. They closed ranks and determined to do nothing…NOTHING…that might tend to make the opposing party look good. They spit in the eyes of the voters, threw the welfare of the American people under the bus, huddled up and stood—in a solid, opaque block—against anything the Democratic-controlled Congress and the President might come up with. Purely, PURELY for political reasons.
Now that the bill has been hammered out, with the president only having won the support of enough Republicans to make the final draft filibuster-proof, Republican senators like John McCain and Lindsey Graham are proclaiming—very publicly—that the Obama Administration is "off to a bad start;" that Mr. Obama is reneging on his promises of change and bi-partisan co-operation.
How stupid do you think we are, gentlemen? How would your single-minded determination to refuse cooperation with the new administration, no matter what the circumstances, be Mr. Obama's fault? How is it that you think you can make your pig-headed partisanship into a failure of the new president's ability or desire to fulfill his promise to the American people?
We are smarter than that, guys. We know how slowly the wheels of government are turning while the country is in dire need. And we know exactly who is dragging their feet.
And if you think this is going to help you at the ballot box in the next election, I think you had better…rethink.