The Know-Nothing No-Everything Party

From POST POLITICS at The Washington Post:

In February, when unpredictable Sen. Jim Bunning single-handedly stalled extensions of unemployment benefits for several days, his Republican colleagues quickly abandoned him, worried that the GOP would be cast as the party against helping people who are out of work.

Last month, as jobless benefits were again to set to expire, Bunning (Ky.) still objected to funding them in a way that would increase the deficit. But this time, nearly every Republican in the Senate joined him, leading to a month-long impasse in which more than 2 million people briefly lost their benefits. When the extension finally passed last week, only two Republicans backed the $34 billion unemployment measure, compared with 21 who had voted with Democrats in March.

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(l to r: Michele Bathshit Bachmann, Mitch Yertle McConnell, Kay I-Lost-to-Gov-Little-Ricky-Goodhair Bailey Hutchison, Lindsey Lindseypoo Graham, Virginia So-Not-A Foxx, Marsha! Marsha! Marsha! Blackburn, Tom Acts-of-God Cole, and Jim Beanball Bunning

After the highly partisan debates on the economic stimulus and health care that dominated the first 15 months of the Obama administration, Democratic leaders, conscious that many members of their party have become wary of being tagged by Republicans as big spenders, intentionally decided to push less controversial measures.

But the barrage of “no” votes from the GOP has not abated. Emboldened by sagging approval ratings of the Democratic-controlled Congress, Republicans almost unanimously opposed a bill to overhaul the financial regulatory system that President Obama signed into law; they are against a measure to increase the disclosure of campaign spending by corporations; and they’ve largely eliminated the chance of passing a series of measures Democrats say could help the economy.


Republicans say polls suggest that they can oppose all of these initiatives by casting them into a broader critique of Democrats increasing the size of government and the budget deficit, even if their bills are individually popular with the public.


“We’re very comfortable where we’re at; we have very few members who feel endangered,” said Rep. Tom Cole (Okla.), a veteran Republican and a deputy whip in the House. “We feel like we are reflecting a broader mood of dissatisfaction. Right now, the American people want us saying no.”


The opposition has left Democrats fuming. They say Republicans complain that Congress should focus more on the economy but oppose every measure Democrats take up to create jobs.


“They want to blame us for failing to get things done that they themselves have blocked us from getting done,” said Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

The Republican opposition itself is not new. Urged by party leaders, every Republican House member opposed last year’s stimulus, and every GOP member of Congress voted against the health-care legislation.


[…E]ven on the financial regulation bill, Republicans repeatedly delayed its passage and forced changes that some Democrats felt weakened the legislation. In the end, only six Republicans in Congress backed it.

In the Senate, the Republicans, joining with a few conservative Democrats, have blocked measures that would offer summer jobs to teenagers, give aid to states to prevent layoffs of teachers and other state employees, and expand funding of Pell grants — arguing that all would raise the budget deficit.


[…]GOP leaders, who had been blindsided by Bunning’s move in February, said they were prepared for the issue and believe the public mood has shifted in their direction.

“We think the American people agree with our argument,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the architect of the GOP’s opposition in Congress. “The spending issue is resonating.”

There has been little public criticism within GOP ranks of the continued opposition. At the same time, some Republicans would like the “no” votes combined with more discussion of the party’s positive vision. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) said last week that Republicans were reluctant to adopt his comprehensive plan to bring down the federal deficit and reform Social Security and Medicare because “they are talking to their pollsters.”


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20 responses to “The Know-Nothing No-Everything Party

  1. writechic

    Did you see Colorado’s Ken Buck forgot he was the baggers’ bitch and called birthers dumbasses? Between that and Tony’s transfer to the tundra of Siberia, it’s been a giggly day. πŸ˜†

    • i heard that! i love it when they forget that there are live mikes around. just goes to show how much disrespect the rethugs really have for the teabaggers. and the stupid teabaggers will continue to buy the crap about how much the goopers love them. πŸ™„

  2. writechic

    πŸ˜† Bwahahahahahaha! πŸ˜†

    Just recognized Baby Beanball.

  3. ‘Techniwhite’


  4. Let’s hope the voters attention span lasts long enough to remember the funky politicians that held unemployment $ hostage come elections in November.

    • we shouldn’t have to hope that they remember. dems should mention it every time they have a microphone in front of them. everyone knows someone who’s unemployed or sick without insurance or not able to send their kids to college. keep reminding them that the party of no only says yes to their corporate buddies and their rich friends.

  5. Maybe the long range plan is the greatest voter suppression in US history. If you stay unemployed a long time, you lose your home and end up living in your car. Now you don’t have an address. Now you can not vote. Think about it.

  6. Bachmann looks so sweet in that dress. Too bad looks are deceiving.

    In other news check out this.

    Oregon Tea Party rips off a bunch of teenage hackers. Teenage hackers get their slogan back.

    • the teabaggers seem to want to go back to the leave it to beaver era (even though it never really existed), so i thought i’d let batshit bachmann dress like she belonged there.

      when will idiots learn not to mess with teenage hackers?

  7. mickey

    Marsha Blackburn Voted FOR:
    Omnibus Appropriations, Special Education, Global AIDS Initiative, Job Training, Unemployment Benefits, Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations, Agriculture Appropriations, U.S.-Singapore Trade, U.S.-Chile Trade, Supplemental Spending for Iraq & Afghanistan, Prescription Drug Benefit, Child Nutrition Programs, Surface Transportation, Job Training and Worker Services, Agriculture Appropriations, Foreign Aid, Vocational/Technical Training, Supplemental Appropriations, UN β€œReforms.” Patriot Act Reauthorization, CAFTA, Katrina Hurricane-relief Appropriations, Head Start Funding, Line-item Rescission, Oman Trade Agreement, Military Tribunals, Electronic Surveillance, Head Start Funding, COPS Funding, Funding the REAL ID Act (National ID), Foreign Intelligence Surveillance, Thought Crimes β€œViolent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, Peru Free Trade Agreement, Economic Stimulus, Farm Bill (Veto Override), Warrantless Searches, Employee Verification Program, Body Imaging Screening.

    Marsha Blackburn Voted AGAINST:
    Ban on UN Contributions, eliminate Millennium Challenge Account, WTO Withdrawal, UN Dues Decrease, Defunding the NAIS, Iran Military Operations defunding Iraq Troop Withdrawal, congress authorization of Iran Military Operations.

    Marsha Blackburn is my Congressman.
    See her unconstitutional votes at :

    • i think we would disagree on what’s constitutional and what’s not. i don’t like marsha blackburn one bit, but probably for very different reasons than you.

  8. Speaking of people in dresses, it took me until the next morning to notice that you photoshopped Lindsey-Poo in drag. I guess we’re all used to that here on the raisin by now.

  9. Joanaroo

    Oh, it must be fun to be a Rethuglican! That is what conservatives love to be! Cause if everyone was a rich Christian Rethuglican, then we could send the sick, dark and poor overseas! Hope I don’t offend a certain meat company, but the Rethugs are nothing but dead meat and brain dead. Must be nice to deny money to survive to your unemployed constituents, then tell them the uneducated masses that will vote for the GOP/Tea Party candidates don’t want you to live, be healthy or have your votes mean shit because your candidates are bought and paid for!

    • yet they keep getting away with it. what does that tell you about the intelligence of the people who consistently vote against their own interests?

  10. Joanaroo

    Yeah, I especially feel bad for Democratic residents who are unemployed and live in the fiefdom of a Republican senator. Imagine that I survived the late 90s-early 2000s with Arlen Spector and Rick Sanatarium as our 2 Rethug senators at the time. That really sucked. Thank goodness Fast Eddie became Gov. because most of the surrounding Rep.s were Rethugs, including ours. A very depressing, WTF time!