Back in October, we noted that the resignation of a county-level Democratic Party officer in Texas was a harbinger of bad things to come for the Democrats as a party, on a national scale. Well, here we are in December, and just take a look at the headlines.
The frustration with President Barack Obama over his tax cut compromise was palpable and even profane at Thursday’s House Democratic Caucus meeting.
One unidentified lawmaker went so far as to mutter “f— the president” while Rep. Shelley Berkley was defending the package the president negotiated with Republicans. Berkley confirmed the incident, although she declined to name the specific lawmaker.
Where does Joe Wilson go to get his gloat on?
The House Democratic Caucus on Thursday rejected the tax deal negotiated between the White House and Senate Republicans.
The non-binding vote of the caucus held during a closed-door meeting puts tremendous pressure on House leaders to win changes to a proposal the White House has presented as a “take it or leave it” package.
That’s soon-to-be-former Speaker Pelosi, rejecting a deal that the President of her own party crafted and put forth as his own policy (while simultaneously bashing it and the Republicans he crafted it with).
Rep. Dan Boren (Okla.), among the most conservative Democrats on Capitol Hill, said he’s “extremely displeased” that the White House-GOP deal might not come to the floor as it stands.
“A clear majority of the U.S. House of Representatives supports this plan,” Boren said in a statement. “We are allowing the liberal wing of the Democratic caucus to hold these critically needed tax cuts hostage.”
Yes, you read that right. A Democrat is accusing other Democrats of holding the tax cuts “hostage.”
Meanwhile, at the state level, the Democrats are bleeding elected officials as nearly two dozen flee the sinking SS Hopenchange. Here’s a story about a couple of them in Georgia.
Two African-American Democrats on Thursday announced that they were joining the Republican Party.
Hall County Commissioner Ashley Bell and former state executive committee member Andre Walker said the Democratic Party had grown too liberal and they are finding a new home with the Republicans.
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Staggering Election Day losses are not the Democratic Party’s final indignity this year. At least 13 state lawmakers in five states have defected to Republican ranks since the Nov. 2 election, adding to already huge GOP gains in state legislatures. And that number could grow as next year’s legislative sessions draw near.
The defections underscore dissatisfaction with the Democratic Party — particularly in the South — and will give Republicans a stronger hand in everything from pushing a conservative fiscal and social agenda to redrawing political maps.
These switches occurred in Alabama and Georgia, where the Democratic Party was already on the ropes. Note this nugget:
Most of the party swaps are in the South, where GOP rule is becoming more entrenched and Democrats — many of them already more conservative than their counterparts elsewhere — are facing what looks like a long exile in the minority.
Among the punditocracy, liberals are out for Obama’s political head. Kirsten Powers, who usually presents herself as a moderate Democrat, is calling his tax deal “absolutely morally corrupt.”
The conservative Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana has dubbed the tax cuts as the “Obama-McConnell Plan” and described it as “almost morally corrupt.” But that’s generous. The plan is not “almost morally corrupt” but absolutely morally corrupt, no matter what the president said at the hastily called press conference yesterday.
During this press conference, Obama added insult to injury by deriding his base as “sanctimonious” for their principles. He also swore to resume the fight over tax cuts for the wealthy in another two years, making one wonder—why would he promise to fight something two years from now, when he has even less leverage and power?
And the “Louisiana Purchase” during ObamaCare wasn’t morally corrupt?
Meanwhile, how’s the President holding up? Is he triangulating like a smart post-shellacking Democrat should? Er, no. He’s still talking about spreading the wealth around. When President Narcissus isn’t talking about himself.
All of this would be funny if it wasn’t so dangerous. In announcing the deal, the President called the Republicans “hostage takers” though they had pretty clearly rolled him. What happens if he gets the chance to negotiate with real, bona fide hostage takers?
One member I talked to said if this is the way he’s going to negotiate with the Republicans, what’s he going to do with the Iranians, you know?
That would be less scary to contemplate, if Obama hadn’t explicitly campaigned on a promise to negotiate with those very hostage takers.