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A "new" reality? Poppycock!
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, May 19, 2007

A NY Times piece by Sheryl Gay Stolberg announces:
Six months after Republicans lost control of Congress, President Bush is learning the rules of a game that, for six years, he seemed to have forgotten: the Capitol Hill edition of “Let’s Make a Deal.”
Forgotten? Why would he have forgotten it when it wasn't necessary? When you have both houses of Congress, the "deal" is already made for heaven sake. The "Let's Make a Deal" scenario is only extant and necessary when an opposition Congress is seated.

We then get a lot of yammering about how this "new reality" has finally dawned on the White House. Well here's a clue. It seems to be finally dawning on the Democratic Congress as well. They certainly haven't proven to be legislative world beaters in the six months they've been in power either.

Which brings us the laugh line of the day:
Maybe so, but after six years of being virtually ignored by the administration, many Democrats remain wary. Senator Byron L. Dorgan, Democrat of North Dakota, complained on Friday that the Bush White House had “never been very interested in anything except the way they wanted to do business.”
And Democrats certainly have no interest in doing business their way, do they? See the Iraq supplemental nonsense still going on.

What is ironic is Dorgan seems to have a different understanding of politics than most other sentient beings. When you lose power, you lose the ability to do business the way you want to do business. When you gain power, you can do business the way you want too. And when you share power, you either learn the art of compromise or you learn to live with frustration.

Frankly, I'm all for them learning to live with frustration. But Dorgan's remarks really, really, really indicate someone who simply doesn't understand political reality even while coming from the side which likes to tout itself and the "reality based" community.
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Previous Comments to this Post 

The GOP still has the numbers to scuttle most Dem bills if they need to. Bush has the veto pen.

Who needs to make deals again?

I said after the election that the upside to the GOP losing would be that it would prove fun to sit and snipe from the sidelines as the Dems had to go through all the same sh*t they rolled on the Republicans.

How right I was. When I see that evil senile putz Murtha losing it on the House floor, it’s music to my ears and eyes
Written By: shark
URL: http://
Leon E. Panetta, a former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, said he had been concerned, once the Democrats took control of Congress, that “an awful lot of blood in the water” would prevent the parties from coming to terms on “low-hanging fruit” like immigration and trade.
The Democrats are acting like DA Mike Nifong, in the ‘Duke Rape Case.” Political gain is more important than Justice for Nifong, and the country for the Democrats. Blood is in the water and it’s the “Night of the Long Knives.”
Written By: James E. Fish

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