Roy Blunt, the whining senator
The Kansas City Star
U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri was pontificating the other day to the media that President Barack Obama needs to get off his high horse and start cooperating with Blunt and fellow Republicans.
Here’s his most laughable statement:
“How do you get anything done if you immediately start telling the other side that has to work with you, ‘I’m not going to work with you on this.’ Now what kind of start is that to a new administration?”
Gosh, yeah, what would happen if Republicans played that game and said they were going to do things their way, no matter what the Democratic president wanted?
Oh, wait, they did - in 2009 - right after Obama was elected. Read all about it here.
Of course, those were just members of Congress dictating their thoughts that they were going to make Obama a one-term president by opposing everything he wanted to do. (News flash for the GOP: You failed.)
But we haven’t had a president lately start off his second term by saying he was going to do things his way, right?
Let’s hear what George W. Bush had to say to the media after winning re-election in 2004:
“Let me put it to you this way: I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it. It is my style. That’s what happened in the — after the 2000 election, I earned some capital. I’ve earned capital in this election — and I’m going to spend it for what I told the people I’d spend it on, which is — you’ve heard the agenda: Social Security and tax reform, moving this economy forward, education, fighting and winning the war on terror.”
In other words, presidents who have won re-election have earned the right to talk big.
And when Obama has won re-election after the other side - Blunt and his fellow Republicans - have tried to destroy his policies and hold America’s economy hostage to their way of thinking, well, I can understand the president telling opponents he’s not really interested right now in extending an olive branch to them.
One more thing:
Blunt’s comments were supposed to be important comments on the state of the Obama administration because he’s not one of the kooky, ultra-conservative Republicans who almost always vote against the president’s wishes.
Except - Blunt’s votes (his record is here and here) show he pretty much lines exactly like that, voting against Obama’s stimulus package, voting against Obama’s health care reform and opposing other major Obama ideas.