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Hypocrisy Can Bite You in the Ass

February 13th, 2015

For eight years, after Democrats won control of the Senate in 2006, Republicans had a single strategy: obstruct. They famously became the party known for its “Audacity of Nope,” often called the “Party of Nope.” Session after session, year after year, bill after bill, Republicans blocked pretty much anything and everything—and not even because they always disagreed with the legislation, but rather just because it was on Obama’s watch. It was just No, No, No, No, No, all the time, for eight long years. They weren’t even shy about admitting it:

Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott boasted, “The strategy of being obstructionist can work or fail. So far it’s working for us.”

Well, Republicans finally won back full control over both houses, winning the Senate majority last November. Sessions barely started a month ago, and Republicans have spent much of the time shooting themselves in the foot.

However, one bill passed the House, and Senate Republicans would love to vote for it. The problem: the bill is extremely partisan, essentially destroying all the positive work Obama accomplished on immigration reform over the past 2-3 years, assuring the Democrats would never let the bill through. And that’s what they’ve been doing.

Yep, that’s right: the Democrats filibustered their very first bill. After eight years of Republicans filibustering almost every last bill in sight.

How do Republicans respond?

Well, they’re just livid. John Boehner could not restrain his frustration:

The House did its job. We won the fight to fund the Department of Homeland Security and to stop the president’s unconstitutional actions. Now it’s time for the Senate to do their work. You know, in the gift shop out here they’ve got these little booklets on how a bill becomes a law. All right? The House has done its job! Why don’t you go ask the Senate Democrats when they are going to get off their ass and do something other than to vote no!

Do I even need to point out the extraordinary hypocrisy?


  1. Troy
    February 14th, 2015 at 06:20 | #1

    They’re not actual hypocrites, they’re posturing and aping for the cameras, knowing that people — their voters — are too stupid to understand what is going on.

  2. Troy
    February 18th, 2015 at 01:57 | #2

    6 years ago:

    “One has to keep in mind that Obama is no dummy. During the campaign, he showed himself to be a keen tactician and strategist. He’s not naive about the intent of the Republicans. He had to have known that they would never agree to bipartisanship, that they would take every opportunity to obstruct. Which means that he knew that he would go in and get slapped around. But he made that work for him.

    So, what’s next?”



    but I am struck by how great Tim Kane’s understanding was, back in 2009. Streets ahead of me . . .

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