I am not sure if this is beyond the scope of this blog, especially since my last post was a political quiz, but its my blog so I can complain on it if I want! Can someone explain to me when the Republican party became the “Party of No.”
I really feel like this type of name calling is nothing more than political populism. Some definitions of Populism
the political doctrine that supports the rights and powers of the common people in their struggle with the privileged elite
Populism is a discourse that claims to support “the people” versus “the elites”.
A style of organizing that involves an effort to mobilize “the people” into a social or political movement around some form of anti-elitism. Populist movements can be on the right, the left, or in the center. They can be egalitarian or authoritarian, inclusive or exclusionary, forward-looking or fixated on a romanticized image of the past. They can either challenge or reinforce systems of oppression.
Hmmm….sound like anything familiar? How about almost every news media out there, and Obama’s State of the Union in which the President made a few of the following remarks,
But what frustrates the American people is a Washington where every day is Election Day. We can’t wage a perpetual campaign where the only goal is to see who can get the most embarrassing headlines about the other side -– a belief that if you lose, I win. Neither party should delay or obstruct every single bill just because they can. The confirmation of – (applause) — I’m speaking to both parties now. The confirmation of well-qualified public servants shouldn’t be held hostage to the pet projects or grudges of a few individual senators. (Applause.)
To Democrats, I would remind you that we still have the largest majority in decades, and the people expect us to solve problems, not run for the hills. (Applause.) And if the Republican leadership is going to insist that 60 votes in the Senate are required to do any business at all in this town — a supermajority — then the responsibility to govern is now yours as well. (Applause.) Just saying no to everything may be good short-term politics, but it’s not leadership. We were sent here to serve our citizens, not our ambitions. (Applause.) So let’s show the American people that we can do it together. (Applause.)
Emphasis added, and obviously he didn’t say “applause.”
Obama did take a shot or two at his own party which I will happily give credit where credit is due, but what is all this talk about “saying no” and obstructionism?
Democrats Have Majority in Congress
I need to thank a blogger affectionately referred to as BoBo for pointing out this simple truth that I had seemed to forgotten. In his post titled “Damn those Obstructionist Republicans“ some truths for me (warning before checking out his site: (1) he is all about this evil clown motif, so if you have a fear of clowns, skip the site and (2) he is ultra conservative and writes with passion/anger so either be prepared to be pissed off at either him or the gov’t).
Number of Total Senators = 100
Number of Democrat Senators = 58
Number of Republican Senators= 40
Number of Independent Senators = 2 (Both caucus with Democrats).
Number of votes needed to pass ANY legislation = 51
Total Number of Representatives in The House – 435
Total Number of Democrat Representatives = 256
Total Number of Republican Representatives – 178
Total Number of Independent Representatives = 0
There is currently 1 vacant seat.
Number of votes needed to pass ANY Legislation (51%) = 222
His post was written prior to Scott Brown, but that doesn’t change his main point: Stop blaming Republicans and get some work done!