The President has apparently come to the conclusion that the current version of the Senate is worthless.
One administration official told POLITICO that Obama was so dispirited after his Nov. 18 meeting with the Democratic leadership that he decided, then and there, to place his faith in direct talks with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
“The point is the House and Senate [leadership] has proven they are incapable of getting things done,” the official said.
I don’t see the basis for the snotty comment about House Leadership. If Nancy Pelosi had not whipped her troops, Obama wouldn’t be able to tout anything on health care or any other issue. She kept pushing when he was ready to give up. On the tax mess, she passed the bill he says he wants. Why snot at her?
But, like everyone who is paying attention, and especially those who pay campaign contributions to its powdered and rouged lordlets, I absolutely agree that the Senate is an utter disgrace. It proves that we cannot govern ourselves, that we as a nation have capitulated on the fundamental principle of majority rule. It is unrepresentative, with the minority elected by a small minority of actual voters from states with few citizens able to stop action without consequences, political or personal. It is completely corrupt. What better evidence could there be than that the majority leader wants to use the disgusting tax compromise to pass a bill allowing internet gambling, a direct payoff to his supporters in the last election?
It pays total deference to its silly rules leading to mumbling colloquys that Gilbert and Sullivan couldn’t top. I won’t even go into the nonsensical belief structures of Senators. I won’t mention their unmentionable personal foibles, their foolish eschatologies, or their silly fetishes.
At one level, I sympathize with the President. It wasn’t unreasonable for him to try to work with Harry Reid, who had immensely more experience at governing than he did. The problem is that Obama didn’t recognize the corruption and thuggishness in the Senate in time to do what needed to be done.
And what is that? I don’t know who said it first, and neither does the internet, but it’s still true: When you have them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow. Mr. President, your TSA is showing the way. It is time for you to grab some balls. You might call Reid into your office and ask him about that internet gambling bill. I’m sure someone can help you find something to discuss with with that blackheart McConnell.
It will improve your negotiating skills immensely.