Wanker Of The Day

July 19th, 2007at 11:51am Posted by Eli

WaPo’s Lyndsey Layton, responding to an online chat question about the Republican filibuster:

Recent polls show Americans are frustrated with this Congress and its inability to pass legislation. If the Democrats start blocking every initiative – even in the name of a cause that 70 percent of Americans support – it’ll be hard to peel off the obstructionist label. As it is, the party is worried that it won’t have enough of a legislative record to tout during the ’08 campaigns.

What a complete dishonest tool. How do Republican filibusters and vetos (or threats thereof) make Democrats obstructionist? Because they’re not capitulating and only offering up Republican-friendly legislation? I could be mistaken, but I’m pretty sure that’s not actually the role of the opposition party.

But gee, if I had to define obstruction, I would think that blocking legislation that a majority of congresscritters (and the American people, not that anyone cares) support.

Also, I have no idea where Layton gets this idea that Democrats are saying, “Oh yeah? Well, if you won’t pass what we want, then we’ll make sure that nothing gets passed ever again! I’m sure there’s a lot of crappy Republican legislation that the Democrats aren’t voting for, but that’s because it’s, well, crappy. And not voting for crappy Republican legislation is kinda their job.

Will the media ever understand admit that capitulation is not the same as compromise?

(h/t Atrios)

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