All over the television set today and last night, Democrats have been running around blaming the stalling of negotiations over the bailout plan on John McCain. Barney Frank claimed, “He’s slowed it down. The next thing we know, he’s in a position frankly where he’s making it harder to get things done, rather than help us negotiate differences.” Joe Biden had these words of wisdom, “We were going to all put this behind us and then I’m told that things changed that John McCain landed about 4 o’clock and all of a sudden I don’t know what the reason but some of the House Republicans decided that this, this wasn’t going to go forward, at least not, not right away.” Harry Reid (who could have been talking about Obama with this) commented, “John McCain hasn’t voted in the Senate since sometime last April. And I say very sincerely that he has done nothing since he’s been here the last few hours to help this process.” And finally Obama had this to say about the White House meeting yesterday afternoon, “Here’s my observation and I think this may have been confirmed at the meeting today — when you inject presidential politics into delicate negotiations, sometimes it’s not helpful. The cameras change things. It’s not clear to me that having presidential candidates in a high-profile way in the negotiating process is useful.”
So we have all these prominent Democrats accusing McCain of causing the rucous at the White House meeting, but do they seem to be protesting a bit too much? Are we getting the whole truth here? Or could it be that the Democrats deferred to Obama and let him run their side of the aisle at the meeting to demonstrate his leadership skills and he failed horribly? I know for a fact this is true based on the things said after the meeting and here is how I got there:
1. If Obama had shone so brightly in his first chance to be presidential then the Democrats would be out crowing about it. There would have been more negotiating rather than a total stop. The Republicans would have said the meeting went well and things are close to being worked out.
2. Obama was quick to tell Fox News that he didn’t think that presidential politics should have been involved in this process. You know damn well that this egomaniac would have been telling everyone that he designed a plan and had most people on board if he had run the meeting with leadership.
And now the second reason why I believe the Democrats are putting up a front by protesting too much is that they have the power. Hello! Just pass the damn bill since you all support it and forget about those pesky House Republicans. Or could it be that this bill is the junk most of America believes it to be? But the Democrats want the Republicans’ butts on the line too because they know this will outrage us and most of all, it won’t work.
I cheer the House Republicans and hope they continue to stick to the principles we can all believe in. They did this during the recess to get an energy plan and now they are fighting this bill. Wake up Democrats, Independents and Liberals – it’s these Republicans that are working for us and protecting us. You can call it grandstanding, I call it courage.