In the wake of House Democrats’ historic passing last night of the Senate’s health care reform bill, bringing the legislation to a point just one or two steps from final passage, the political right reacts with typical sore-loser hatefulness.
And who better to lead the way than Republicans’ rejected 2008 presidential candidate and late-night talk show no show, Sen. John McCain of Arizona?
There will be no cooperation for the rest of the year,” McCain said during an interview Monday on an Arizona radio affiliate. “They have poisoned the well in what they’ve done and how they’ve done it.”
If there’s an award for overstating the obvious, McCain should win it hands down.
Indeed, what “they,” the Democrats, have done is win a major legislative victory on an up-or-down vote. They did that despite all the months of Republican lying, fearmongering, foot dragging and “our way or the highway” responses to Democrats’ repeated efforts to achieve even token Republican cooperation and support.
How Democrats did it mirrors tactics and maneuvers Republicans have used regularly for years — except for the attempts to achieve bipartisanship.
However, we understand McCain is facing a tough re-election fight and is eager to be seen as being as dishonest and hypocritical as possible — thereby underscoring his credentials as a true radical right-wing Republican. He’s off to a good start.
Next, we come to that multimillionaire beacon of American optimism and good sportsmanship, the guru and de-facto head of today’s Republican Party. The kind of man every tea-bagger mother wants her sons to grow up to be just like . . .
Let’s turn to the right-wing blogosphere, to sample a reaction from that blighted quarter.
ObamaCare: A Good Night For Tyranny
Monday, March 22, 2010 9:07:45 PM by Nachum 11 replies 329+ views
Big Hollywood ^ | 3/22/10 | Gary Graham
But it was a bad night for Liberty. Oh man. I didn’t want to write a blog today. Damn those Dems. (And a special F-U to you twits who voted them in.) A bad night for Liberty. But it was a good night for Chicago politics. It’s nice to know some things never change; that back-room arm-twisting, extortion, blackmail, bribes, and pay-offs can still work wonders when applied judiciously by Leftists Speakers of the House, Presidents (and their hatchet men), and Senate leaders. Even ‘principled’ Democrats like pro-life Rep Bart Stupak folded like a proud jellyfish.
But these all paled in comparison to what took place Saturday, as Democratic members of the House were walking and were set upon by right-wing protesters. Sam Stein at Huffington Post reports.
Preceding the president’s speech to a gathering of House Democrats, thousands of protesters descended around the Capitol to protest the passage of health care reform. The gathering quickly turned into abusive heckling, as members of Congress passing through Longworth House office building were subjected to epithets and even mild physical abuse.
A staffer for Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) told reporters that Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) had been spat on by a protestor. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a hero of the civil rights movement, was called a ‘ni–er.’ And Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) was called a “faggot,” as protestors shouted at him with deliberately lisp-y screams. Frank, approached in the halls after the president’s speech, shrugged off the incident.
But Clyburn was downright incredulous, saying he had not witnessed such treatment since he was leading civil rights protests in South Carolina in the 1960s.
“It was absolutely shocking to me,” Clyburn said, in response to a question from the Huffington Post. “Last Monday, this past Monday, I stayed home to meet on the campus of Claflin University where fifty years ago as of last Monday… I led the first demonstrations in South Carolina, the sit ins… And quite frankly I heard some things today I have not heard since that day. I heard people saying things that I have not heard since March 15, 1960 when I was marching to try and get off the back of the bus.”
. . . Asked if he wanted an apology from the group of Republican lawmakers who had addressed the crowd and, in many ways, played on their worst fears of health care legislation, the Democratic Party, and the president, Clyburn replied:
“A lot of us have been saying for a long time that much of this, much of this is not about health care a all. And I think a lot of those people today demonstrated that this is not about health care… it is about trying to extend a basic fundamental right to people who are less powerful.”
Americans, including a good many who are not enthused about the health care reform bill on its way to passage, should think very carefully about their voting decisions this November.
Specifically, Americans should think about who they want to reward and empower — those putting it on the line to make a bad situation better, and being subjected to hate and hatefulness for their trouble; or the hate-filled and hateful-acting sore losers, thugs and bullies of the political right.