As if the Republican's demand that any legislation needs a super-majority to pass the Senate was not enough of an outrage, this morning Speaker Boehner blamed the outcome of that demand on Democrats.
But before he got to that ridiculous claim, Boehner lied. Following in the discredited footsteps of David Brooks, he claimed that neither the Democrats nor the White House had a plan for replacing the sequester. In a move that surprised everyone...David Gregory called him out on that one.
The Speaker responded by saying that was "nonsense." Since "moving the goalposts" seems to be the meme of the week, Boehner tried his hand at it by moving from "they don't have a plan" to "the Senate didn't pass a plan." This time, Gregory failed to call him out. Because just 3 days ago, the Senate voted on a Democratic plan to replace the sequester.
...the Senate blocked a Democratic plan to replace the sequester with a set of smaller spending cuts and new tax revenues. That plan won a simple majority, with 51 senators voting for it and 49 against. But it failed to cross the 60-vote threshold to break a filibuster.So you see what they're doing here...Senate Republicans use a procedural move to block a bill from passing - even though a majority voted for it - and then Speaker Boehner comes along to suggest its the Democrats fault that it didn't pass.
And then there are the things Speaker Boehner didn't say. Like the fact that the House passed a sequester replacement in the previous Congressional term means nothing. That bill is dead unless he brings it up again this year - which he won't do because he won't be able to get the votes. But perhaps even more importantly, even if he could get his replacement bill passed, the cuts it imposes are even more draconian than the ones that went into effect on Friday.
I'm going to admit that I'm in a bad mood today. This kind of bullshit the Republicans keep dishing out is getting on my last nerve. And the fact that the press seems too congenitally stupid to challenge them on it sends me over the edge.
Anybody got any "good news" stories to cheer us up?