Cynical Politics

Via WSFA:  Roby: "Breathtaking arrogance" from Democratic Senate leadership.

Martha Roby (R-AL02) issued a statement this evening that read, in part, the following:

Tonight the House again acted to keep the government open and to protect the American People from the harmful and unfair effects of ObamaCare.

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Acting on this commonsense package would avoid a shutdown and promote fairness. However, the Senate once again dismissed the House-passed legislation, opting to risk a government shutdown in order to protect special privileges for those in Washington.

This is the third time in just over a week that we have sent a government-funding bill to the Democrat leadership in the Senate. The first bill would have defunded ObamaCare entirely. The second would have delayed the entire law by one year. The Senate has shown breathtaking arrogance toward the views of working Americans who do not want this law. In each case, Democrat senators have swatted down the funding bills while refusing to negotiate and offering nothing. Each time they push us closer to a government shutdown.

How cynical does one have to be to be a party to blackmail and then blame those whom one is blackmailing for the consequences of not paying the ransom?

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Comments

  1. Ernieyeball says:

    How cynical does one have to be…

    See George Corley Wallace.

    In what former U.S. President Jimmy Carter calls “one of the most racist campaigns in modern southern political history,” Wallace aired television advertising with slogans such as “Do you want the black bloc electing your governor?” and circulated an ad showing a white girl surrounded by seven black boys, with the slogan “Wake Up Alabama! Blacks vow to take over Alabama.”

  2. Tillman says:

    How cynical does one have to be to be a party to blackmail and then blame those whom one is blackmailing for the consequences of not paying the ransom?

    I remember the first time I was taught in an English class (can’t remember what grade) that taking into account the intended audience of your essay would help you find its tone and figure out what to say.

    He’s not cynical: he’s speaking to a very specific audience.

  3. swearyanthony says:

    “Lovely government you have here. Shame if anything were to happen to it. Looks a bit flammable, know what I mean?”

    Anyone managed to get a statement out of Cuccinelli? Given the number of folks affected in Northern Virginia he may as well just go home now.

  4. @Tillman:

    He’s not cynical: he’s speaking to a very specific audience.

    Without a doubt these words are aimed at a particular audience. But doesn’t that just underscore how cynical they are?

  5. OzarkHillbilly says:

    How cynical does one have to be to be a party to blackmail and then blame those whom one is blackmailing for the consequences of not paying the ransom?

    Apparently, one need only be a Republican. Of course, one does not have to be a cynic to be a Republican, only delusional.

  6. mantis says:

    This is what Republican terrorists do. They destroy, and then blame everyone else.

  7. Tillman says:

    @Steven L. Taylor: You’re presuming they have an awareness of the full consequences of what they’re doing. After the last few years, I can’t honestly presume the same thing.

  8. @Tillman: A fair point.

  9. @Steven L. Taylor: The object of power is power, Steven.

  10. al-Ameda says:

    Martha Roby (R-AL02) issued a statement this evening that read, in part, the following:

    Tonight the House again acted to keep the government open and to protect the American People from the harmful and unfair effects of ObamaCare.

    At first I thought this was from Comedy Central, then I realized that Comedy Central does not now (for the time being) write original material, they let Republicans speak for themselves.

    Seriously, these people are a mission from god. Someday, hopefully not in the next 4 to 8 years, Republicans will have the White House, and they’re going to – maybe – govern, and you have to wonder if Democrats will be as motivated as Republicans are now, to obstruct whatever it is Republicans want to do?