Don’t Hold Back, Now
We are going to have a slightly different vibe here at the Morning Briefing, more of a Greatest Hits list of Twitter videos from yesterday’s Senate doings.
After being the worst people on Earth on Sunday, Senate Democrats doubled down on Monday and decided to be the worst people in history and continue blocking the coronavirus relief package all because Granny Boxwine showed up with a fetish list of progressive nonsense that made Chuck Schumer dance like a little puppet.
Make no mistake, Pelosi and Schumer are garbage, and the worst should always be expected of each. Perhaps things were different with each at some point, but I’ve been around long enough to remember when Democrats and Republicans could actually get along and I don’t remember either of them being decent human beings.
Schumer played by stuffy Senate rules yesterday but still managed to be an uncivil ass.
The surest sign that Schumer was completely in the wrong was that The New York Times came to his defense and blamed Mitch McConnell.
The Senate is full of “my friend on the other side of the aisle” talk that gets rather tedious after a while. Maintaining that kind of decorum became rather difficult on Monday, when even some of the most moderate, mild voices in the Republican Party had enough and began lashing out at the Democrats from the Senate floor:
After fire from Susan Collins, we now have Lamar Alexander on the floor absolutely furious at Democrats political games.
These aren't your normal firebrands. These are the dealmakers of the Senate, flabbergasted at Democrat gamesmanship.
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) March 23, 2020
Here, in no particular order, are some of the upset Republican responses from yesterday’s Democratic partisan grandstanding. Again, these are from senators who often aren’t as animated as they are here.
1. John Thune
2. Susan Collins
“I cannot believe the [Democrat] objections to proceeding to this package… Don’t we want to act quickly to provide relief to the American workers? This is disgraceful.”
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) March 23, 2020
3. John Barrasso
Sen. John Barrasso: Democrats delaying coronavirus relief is “indefensible” pic.twitter.com/dxvX5xuzP0
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) March 23, 2020
4. Ted Cruz
Senator @tedcruz on Democrats blocking the coronavirus relief bill:
"One of the reasons I think Senate Democrats are so willing to engage in this is that they expect the media to be utterly complicit in their cynical gamesmanship." pic.twitter.com/XdUkTYvw0r
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) March 23, 2020
5. Mitch McConnell
A little more of Cocaine Mitch never hurts.
— The Hill (@thehill) March 24, 2020
6. Pat Roberts
This is a longer YouTube clip. Fast-forward to the 6:15 mark for the exchange with Joe Manchin. Roberts gives it his level best to keep up with Senate decorum but then just can’t even deal. Stick with it.
It is time we put partisanship aside and pass the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. I took to the Senate floor today to urge my colleagues to do right by the American people. Watch here: https://t.co/DkQ7XdfWwV
— Senator Pat Roberts (@SenPatRoberts) March 23, 2020
Who knows how today will go? We’re hoping for the Democrats to think more about the best interests of the American people than consolidating their political power.
How does that usually work out?
From the Mothership and Beyond
— Reductress (@Reductress) March 23, 2020
The Kruiser Kabana
Good Place to Quarantine
— World Architecture (@WACommunity) March 19, 2020
LOL, some Cold War bomb humor from Tom Lehrer that seems especially apropos right now.
I’m quarantining my desire for comfort food this week.
PJ Media Associate Editor Stephen Kruiser is the author of “Don’t Let the Hippies Shower” and “Straight Outta Feelings: Political Zen in the Age of Outrage,” both of which address serious subjects in a humorous way. Monday through Friday he edits PJ Media’s “Morning Briefing.”