“this fight will go on”


Charles P. Pierce: …. The only unemployment problem that concerns congressional Republicans at the moment is the problem that Barack Obama is not yet unemployed … Not a single Republican senator voted for this thing….

All of these guys represent states with severe unemployment problems. All of these guys represent states with rotting sewer systems, unstable bridges, and crumbling schools …. Hey, Pat Toomey, congratulations for saving 35,000 Pennsylvania schools from the horrors of modernization. And Marco Rubio acted boldly to rescue Florida from $1.6 billion in highway repairs.

The Republicans, en masse, have decided that, in the interest of doing away with a Democratic president, they will decline even to discuss the most fundamental responsibility of government: keeping the damn country from falling apart. It was an altogether remarkable moment. The president should have known from the second his hand came off the Bible that the other party had no goal except making sure that he failed….

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Steve Benen: With Senate Democrats preparing to push individual votes on the component parts of the American Jobs Act, they do so knowing that the public is on their side.

….. In fact (in the latest NBC News poll), with 63% of Americans supporting the president’s jobs ideas, it appears that the only thing that’s more popular are tax increases on the rich – the NBC/WSJ found 64% believe it’s a “good idea” to ask the wealthy and corporations to pay more …. With poll numbers like these, is it any wonder Democrats intend to keep pushing forward on this?

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James Bouie (The Nation): ….In the parallel world where political actors are held responsible for their actions, headlines would announce that Republicans – acting on mindless hostility to President Obama – kept more than $400 billion in needed stimulus (including $175 billion in tax cuts) from reaching the economy, leaving millions without assistance and pushing the country closer to a second recession.

As it stands, newspaper writers are content to leave Republicans off the hook for their relentless obstructionism. To wit, here’s the New York Times with a description of last night’s action in the Senate:

    In a major setback for President Obama, the Senate on Tuesday blocked consideration of his $447 billion jobs bill …. The legislation, announced with fanfare by the president at a joint session of Congress last month, fell short of the 60 needed to overcome procedural hurdles in the Senate.

This use of the passive voice might make sense if legislating were a game of Calvinball, and the AJA was blocked by a sudden and arbitrary new rule. But of course, that’s not what happened. The American Jobs Act failed because Senate Republicans chose to invoke the filibuster and raise the threshold for passage to sixty votes….

Since Obama entered office, media outlets – and newspapers especially – have obscured the locus of Congressional obstruction. The filibuster has become a routine part of Washington, and few people bother to note the extent to which its current use is ahistorical and unprecedented. This refusal to blame Republicans for their actions didn’t make sense to me then, and it doesn’t make sense to me now.

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14 Responses to ““this fight will go on””

  1. 2 Bobfr
    October 12, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    My fellow 99%ers – Is it now clear that Republicans hate #OBAMA so much that they will destroy your well-being to hurt him? Hope so. VOTE!

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    America – Yesterday the Republican Senate told 26M unemployed Americans to go to hell. Given them the same message on 6 Nov 2012. VOTE

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    @davidaxelrod Focus on 1 message to Americans – Republicans will destroy America before they will help you; that’s how much they hate #OBAMA


  2. 3 utaustinliberal
    October 12, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Bravo Chipsticks for these articles. Bravo to these journalists for calling a spade a spade. Bravo to James Bouie especially, for calling out the NYT disingenuousness of not pointing out that it wasn’t the senate who defeated the AJA, but republicans in the senate. Jeez media, for once could you please stop being dishonest?

  3. 4 theo67
    October 12, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    I’m so glad the President condensed his speech from the Latino seminar this morning into a 30 second soundbite. It’s really effective, and he says clearly that he’s/we’re not taking “no” for an answer. I love it!

    Ann Curry should be ashamed of herself. I used to really respect her, but she’s being used as a tool to spread a bunch of talking points in a very disrespectful manner. she did this when the President granted her an interview when she first got that anchor position, and now I see she’s even worse. The framing of her questions had nothing to do with reality, and completely let the GOP obstructionism off the hook. I’m glad VP Biden shut her down.

    The media is the biggest enemy of this country.

    • 5 theo67
      October 12, 2011 at 7:04 pm

      One more point – it’s telling that the Senate chamber was completely empty. Tells you how important the jobs bill was to the people in the Senate – especially those who keep screeching to President Obama “where are the jobs”, right before voting down the only jobs bill that is estimated to create any jobs.

  4. 6 PoliticalJunkessa
    October 12, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    PRESS ON :-p !

    If the newspapers would tell it like it is, I’m sure they would sell more copies. I bet that Cincinnati newspaper with the “GOP Kills Jobs Package” headline sold like hotcakes. Corporate media whores! 👿

  5. 8 Sue in Minnesota
    October 12, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    With you all the way Mr. President, we will fight on!

  6. October 12, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    “Since Obama entered office, media outlets – and newspapers especially – have obscured the locus of Congressional obstruction. ”

    How very true. Sadly, even some Democrats and some on the left have done the same thing. And very few have been called out for doing so.

  7. 10 Roberta in MN
    October 12, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    What a B**ch she was. What the hell is going on with these programs. No republican candidate worth his salt.

  8. 11 FiredUpInCA
    October 12, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Wow. I just lost whatever shred of respect I had for Ann Curry’s journalism skills during that interview with Joe Biden. Did she seriously ask ‘why didn’t the President go line by line with the GOP to find items that they support?’ She asks ‘is there anything that can be done to break the logjam?’ Anne why don’t you talk to Mitch McConnell and every Senator.

    Also a nice little bit of nonsense you threw in there about the bill not even able to get unanimous support from Democrats. All but two frigging Senators voted this Anne. Stop with the pro-GOP spin. A majority of Senators voted in favor of the bill a minority filibustered it. That is the story. The intractability and intransigence is coming from one party: the GOP. That is the story Ann.

  9. 12 anniebella
    October 12, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    I’m with you Mr. President. I will do what I can. I will email, call, write.

  10. 13 vitaminlover
    October 12, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    He WIll prevail. He is so for the American people.

  11. October 12, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Bobfr, you have the best tweets! You’re a star when it comes to tweeting.
    Wow, I can see what I’m writing!

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