This really irritates the heck out of me.
Just got this press release from Sen. Bennett:
BENNETT ON HEALTH CARE REFORM:
SLOW DOWN, START OVER, DO IT RIGHT
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Bob Bennett (R-Utah) gave a speech on the Senate Floor today calling on Congress to scratch the current health care reform bills being debated, slow down and get it done right.
Click here to view the video on YouTube.
I didn’t bother looking at the video. No need. And, really, they’re not listening to us, why bother listening to them?
After decades of refusing to address health care reform, refusing to discuss it, refusing to debate it or compromise on it or even consider it a problem, pausing only during the Clinton administration to fight it tooth and nail, the Republican Party is now saying “What, you want to fix this now? What’s your hurry?”
What they really want, of course, is to delay it until they can mix it in with politics of the next presidential election, which they seem to be conducting already. Delay it means kill it and then they can accuse Obama of not achieving anything, of failing the American people. Sadly, the American people seem to have the memories of gnats, so it just might work, and they know it.
Sen. Bennett seems to be jumping on the bandwagon — does this mean he’s even pulling his own proposal which has actually gotten a few favorable reviews? Probably.
And of course, the rest of his party is doing the same. Dana Milbank’s latest (click!) column on the meeting yesterday of the Senate Finace Committee, in which one prominent Republican started out saying “No, never” to the current already highly compromised proposal by Montana Sen. Max Baucus, and then promptly took a nap, pretty much says it all.
He’s not interested in talk. he’s not interested in an issue that’s important to all Americans. He’s going to say “no” because it’s not his party’s proposal, and then he’s going to sleep.
Our own Sen. Hatch, apparently ignoring my column’s own entreaty to, for once in his life, put country above party, seems to have decided to ignore me. Not that I’m surprised.
He said: “Let me begin this morning by first commending you and your staff for your sincere commitment to trying to find a bipartisan solution,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah). “I wish I could support it, but I can’t.”
In other words: “What’s mine is mine, what’s yours is negotiable but I’ll still oppose it anyway.”
And yet these people have the unmitigated gall to be offended when they are called “The Party of No.”