More than that - they'll oppose their OWN suggestions once Democrats come on board. See deficit commissions and market-based carbon solutions. Even the health bill was closer to the '93 GOP bill and the Nixon bill than any previous Democratic proposals.
There is, I think, a third side. It's not quite so with-us-or-against-us. There are also those, myself included, who would like to see government do away with marriage. Civil unions for all, gay or straight, and leave the m-word to whatever churches and private citizens will do with it.
Reid's excuse for pulling the plug on the comprehensive bill was that it didn't make sense to waste time on a failed vote when you could spend the time on a slimmer, passable bill. Fair enough - so what's the excuse for not voting on this one? For not forcing the GOP on the record now? He did with financial regulation, and he should do it with energy.
Thanks for the diary, Victor, and welcome! I used to live in NH-01 myself, but I admit I've paid more attention to Paul's Senate race than I have McLane-Kuster's House race. You're right, we should zero in on both.
I'm not sure, though I probably would have done so too if I were them. That was before unemployment, Kagan, the finreg filibuster, and climate. He'd actually just voted for a major Obama bill to much consternation in his state - but he's more than made up for it since. Hindsight is 20/20.
This is one post that I hope can remain on the commented or rec'd list for a while. What a great song, and a great message! :)
For those wondering, I think that's grandson Tao Rodriguez-Seeger playing with Pete, but it's a slightly different haircut and new beard so I'm not really sure. Tao is a great musician in his own right, though, whether that's him or not.
Bull. If they find him guilty, the violations he's charged with deserve far more than a slight reprimand. Either he's not guilty, or he deserves at least a censure, if not expulsion. None of this wishy-washy fence-sitting baloney. Find him guilty and punish him already.
Andrew Revkin at the NYT had a great piece about everything Obama could have done but didn't to muster support for a climate bill. It might not have worked, but we'll never know, he didn't even try. A couple White House meetings and a lackluster speech? Yawn.