Dec 4, 2012 Comments Off Pat Dollard
The Dems, with their usual contempt for the average American, believes Americans are so dumb, and the Tea Party has been so successfully vilified by the media, that all they have to do is say “This is all the Tea Party’s fault” and America will believe it, leaving themselves blameless. They figure they’ve got an always reliable bogeyman for the PR battles of such legislative battles, and, like charges of racism, they will reach for it quickly and furiously, especially when they can’t win the argument on the substance of the issue.
Excerpted from The Daily Caller: WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday blamed the tea party for both the lack of a deal on the fiscal cliff and the failure of the Senate to ratify a United Nations treaty on the rights of the disabled.
Speaking to reporters, the Senate’s top Democrat suggested that Speaker of the House John Boehner was unable to strike a deal with the White House to avert the fiscal cliff because the tea party members of his caucus would penalize him for it, potentially by taking away his speakership in the next session.
“I sympathize with John Boehner,” Reid said. “The tea party has a firm grip on the Republican Party. … This vocal minority contingent exerts tremendous influence over him and Republicans in the House and in the Senate.”
“Yesterday, Speaker Boehner put forward a plan that for the first time put a revenue number on paper,” Reid went on. “The proposal is not nearly enough to restore fiscal responsibility, and it would hurt middle-class families; yet it’s apparently enough to make the tea party scream bloody murder.”
Boehner has taken quite a bit of flak from the more conservative wing of his party after releasing a proposal to avert the fiscal cliff on Monday. President Barack Obama rejected the proposal, leaving talks stalled.