Dems Claim “Victory” Over GOP. They’re Not Wrong.
In an joint press conference on Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer claimed “victory” after Republicans went right ahead and pushed through the asinine $1.3 trillion omnibus bill to President Trump’s desk. And when you think about what is and isn’t in that new budget deal, it’s hard to argue with the Democrats on this one. They really won bigtime in this negotiation. You’d almost think they were the ones who swept the last election.
“The distinguished leader has clearly put forth many of the priorities that we’re very proud of in a bill that’s one yard high,” Pelosi said of Paul Ryan. You know this old bat is happy when she starts referring to Paul Ryan, of all people, with that sort of luminary language.
But then, why shouldn’t she be happy? $1.3 trillion dollars and there’s only a measly $1.6 billion for Trump’s biggest promise to the American people – a border wall. That should be enough to put a few drones in the air and fix a few holes in the fence. Maybe mow the lawn, as Pelosi has advocated. It certainly won’t be enough for a “big, beautiful wall” across the southern border. It won’t be enough for jack.
Pelosi even admitted that the GOP sped this monster through Congress because conservative Republicans would have mutinied if they’d actually had time to read the damn thing.
“I think one of the reasons they rushed it through – posting it last night, taking it to rolls on the floor today, not honoring the three-day rule – they didn’t want their Republican colleagues to see just what exactly was in the bill,” Pelosi said. “Because this bill was a victory for investment in our future, supporting our middle class and doing so in a way that was producing good-paying jobs.”
Schumer was similarly pleased with the bill.
“It’s a funny thing. In a certain sense, we’re able to accomplish more in the minority than we were when we had the presidency or even were in the majority,” he crowed. “At the end of the day, as the minority party, we feel good about being able to succeed in so many ways. We don’t have the House, we don’t have the Senate, we don’t have the presidency, but we produced a darn good bill for the priorities we have believed in.”
Republicans really ought to be embarrassed about what they did last week. They somehow think that avoiding bad “shutdown” press is going to help them win the midterms. Well guess what: The conservative base isn’t going to come out to vote in November because you caved in to every Democrat demand under the sun. Why bother? If Democrats are already in control, what good does it do to keep them out of official power?