Monday, August 04, 2008
Do As I Say, Not As I Do
Let us go back to the strange and scary year known as 2005. Hurricane Katrina had yet to brew, Britney Spears had yet to shave her head, and the Democrats were actually showing a spine and threatening to filibuster some of Bush's more whacked-out judicial nominees. At the time, the Republicans in Congress threw a major shit fit, threatening to deploy the "nuclear option" and crying up and down the aisle that the Democrats were being "obstructionist." Obviously, the Republicans did not like anything that gummed up the governmental process.
Well, now that the Democrats are actually in power, anyone who's been paying attention would realize that the Republicans only consider it obstructionist when they're not the ones doing it. Case in point: Roy Blunt has suggested that his party will shut down Congress if the Democrats don't sign off on offshore drilling. You know, if the Democrats had a press machine worth a damn, they could spin this to feed off of the animosity that most people feel towards a do-nothing Congress. But if history has proven anything, it's that Congressional Democrats have a hard time successfully rallying for anything less than vacation time.