Thursday, July 29, 2010
Are Dems Crankin' Up The Rhetoric?
In case you missed it, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) has decided to get personal on the floor of the House in recent days.
Big words coming from a guy too chicken to go head-to-head with Michael Bloomberg for Mayor this past year.
The saddest part of this whole clip: The issue on the floor was repealing insurance companies' protection from anti-trust regulations - an issue that had bipartisan support. Not exactly a polarizing issue. The vote was overwhelmingly in favor of the legislation, with only 19 members opposing the legislation.
So Weiner takes this opportunity to be a "tough guy", but it sounded more like the wimpy kid on the playground standing behind all his tough friends - a cheap shot.
Is this misplaced anger? Is married life taking its toll already?
No, it's party politics exhibited at its most insidious. I think this is a calculated partisan move - an Obama attack dog looking for red meat at a time when the President's numbers are slipping and the perception is that the Democratic-led government is not doing anything to help the American people.
Forget that Democrats are spending money like it's going out of style and getting little result in return. Forget shenanigans like the Charlie Rangel edition of "Let's Make a Deal" that the Democratic leadership is playing. (so much for draining the swamp, huh Ms. Pelosi?) Forget the whole BP thing, two ongoing wars, unemployment, and think Arizona, people!
Put the blame for it all on the big-business-loving evil opportunists in red (you know, red, just like the color of the devil) and appear to be offended and offensive at the same time.
Liberal weenies (pun intended) will eat it up (again, pun intended).
Next thing you know, President Obama will be a guest on "The View", and DNC Chair Tim Kaine will label all Republicans as Tea Party "fanatics". That would smell like desperation, wouldn't it?
Wait, that happened today, too.
The good news out of all this for Republicans is this: all these tactics are acknowledgment that Republicans control the current narrative and are looking to ride that narrative to re-taking the legislature.
Batten down the hatches, folks. If this is any indication, then it's going to be a combative few months leading up to Mid-Term Elections.
Post-script: Weiner also flipped his proverbial wig at Republicans for the failure of the 9/11 Health Bill - making a spectacle of himself again on the House floor. Of course, he conveniently left out that the Democratic leadership required that it pass by 2/3 vote rather than simple majority. The "devil" is in the details!