Wednesday afternoon (November 6th) the new, hastily formed Democratic Senatorial Tea Party Caucus (DSTPC) met, under an initial cloak of secrecy, with President Barack Obama. The group was made up of Mark Pryor, D-Ark., Mary Landrieu, D-La., Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., Mark Begich, D-Alaska, Kay Hagan, D-N.C., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Chris Coons, D-Del., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Al Franken, D-Minn., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Jack Reed, D-R.I., Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, Mark Udall, D-Colo., Tom Udall, D-Ariz., Mark Warner, D-Va., and Michael Bennett, D-Colo.
Fifteen of 16 lawmakers spitting in their president’s oversized ears regarding the catastrophic rollout of ObamaCare are up for re-election in 2014. Michael Bennett isn’t on next year’s ballot but, as chairman of Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), is the guy charged with getting this suddenly cranky crew of colleagues returned to D.C. next year.
Borrowing “extremist-like” language from conservative brothers, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, the former Affordable Care Act shills, turned unexpectedly born-again Tea Partiers, had this to say:
Sen. Jeff Merkley announced,”I am very frustrated with the rollout of the exchanges. The dysfunction and delays are unacceptable.” From Mark Begich, “It’s absolutely unacceptable in this day and age that the administration can’t deliver on the promises it made to all Americans….”. Most devastatingly, members of this “Not So Sweet 16” revived a Watergate-type descriptor by linking the phrase, “crisis of confidence”, to President Obama’s much heralded, signature piece of legislation. Drawing any kind of unflattering comparison between Barack Obama and the disgraced Richard Nixon is “radical” and “destructive” indeed.
Given the president’s history of intolerance towards people whose views differ from his own, those those newly minted representatives of the Democrat Senatorial Tea Party Caucus (DSTPC) should steel themselves against the coming attacks. When mischaracterizing the loyal opposition during October’s partial government slowdown, extremist, radical, and destructive were just some of the less offensive words used by our Chief Executive. Having shown themselves as stalwart pillars of principle we can be almost certain this crowd, frightened to death about making their way in the private sector, will stand up to, and God help them, maybe even push back against the assaults.
Terrific! Senators Cruz and Lee will likely take all the help they can get.