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April 9, 2009

Learning from Meghan McCain

I was reading Meghan McCain's latest piece on The Daily Beast (yeah, I know), entitled "What I Learned From the Democrats" (yeah, I know), and about halfway through she says this:

"It is all the more ironic that Republicans are supporting Obama and his bipartisan approach while his own party remains wary and doubtful." [Emphasis mine.]


So, when she mentions Republican support for President Obama and bipartisanship in general, I guess she's talking about stuff like this:
Newt Gingrich’s protege, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA), has a new strategy to obstruct actual governing and legislating: ambushing unsuspecting Democratic freshmen on the House floor. Politico reports on his new O’Reilly-worthy tactics:

"[Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC)] is part of a team of Republican members that House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has put together to create embarrassing, YouTube-worthy moments for vulnerable Democratic freshmen.

Cantor’s floor staff has created a photo album to help identify the 42 most vulnerable Democrats. The aides send daily e-mails to the members of the attack team and alert lawmakers when these targeted members are speaking on the floor. They even draft quick scripts to help focus the questioning.

The tactic seems to be working. Democrats have begun pulling their vulnerable members from the floor as soon as the attacks begin. And even if the targeted Democrat doesn’t take the bait, video of the episode inevitably finds its way to the Web as evidence of either ineptitude or cowardice."

House Democrats have been holding sessions on “teaching these freshmen to hit back when Republicans put them on the spot.” Unclear how Cantor’s antics fit in with House Republicans’ vow to offer “better solutions” in 2009.

Hmm. Well, maybe she actually means something more along the lines of skipping a presidential press conference to go see a Britney Spears concert:
And you all thought Washington wasn’t sexy: the office of ambitious young House Republican Whip Eric Cantor has confirmed to your Wonkette that instead of watching President Obama’s boring press conference last night like the rest of us dingbats, Cantor and a bipartisan group of legislators attended the Show Of The Century at downtown’s Verizon Center: a Britney Spears concert. If our children weren’t so concerned about future deficits, what would they think of this!

Or maybe she was referring to supportive comments like these:

Outspoken North Carolina Rep. Patrick McHenry just gave House Democrats some serious bulletin board material.

At a time when the economy is tanking and people like Warren Buffet are calling for a "Dec. 8th" bipartisan response, McHenry articulates his objective -- sinking Nancy Pelosi so the GOP can regain control.

“We will lose on legislation. But we will win the message war every day, and every week, until November 2010,” McHenry told CQ National Journal (no link available, subsciption only). Our goal is to bring down approval numbers for [Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and for House Democrats. That will take repetition. This is a marathon, not a sprint.”


Wow, with support like that, who needs opposition? (And of course these examples barely scratch the surface.) I think what we've learned here is that Meghan is ridiculously off-base on this one and just needed to write a super cheerleadery pro-GOP piece after all of her criticism of the party in the last few weeks. Personally we prefer the Coulter and Ingraham bashing.


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