The PJ Tatler

Senate Democrats Binge on Hostage Talk in FAA Shutdown Press Conference

See if you can count all the instances of the “new tone of civility” in this piece. It won’t take long (there aren’t any).

And that’s not even the funniest part of the story. The funniest part is all the Democrats’ whining about…media bias. Yeah.

Democrats are angry that members of the media appear to be accepting the GOP argument that Democrats are to blame for the temporary shutdown.

Well, that’s because they are to blame, by putting Big Labor above sanity. But getting to the whining.

When Jonathan Karl, a correspondent for ABC News, asked why Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) had blocked a short-term FAA extension offered by Republicans on the Senate floor Tuesday, Democrats lost their patience.

“There’s a certain naivety that comes with your question,” said Boxer. “The story here today is the fact that our leader is reaching out to [House Speaker John] Boehner [R-Ohio] to say, ‘If we want to resolve a particular issue, whatever it might be, let’s talk about it,’ but not have one side say, ‘Take it or leave it or people will be out of work.’ And the essence of your question doesn’t understand that.”

By all means, Senator Ma’am, lecture reporters on how to do their jobs. As a Comms Director in another life, I can guarantee you that that tactic will work wonders. Go for it!

Accusing reporters of stupidity is very effective, too.

Democrats charged Wednesday that the media has fallen for the red herring of cutting subsidies to small airports.

“The fact is that you’ve got to dig a little bit behind the surface here of what this is really about,” said Boxer. “Whatever the issue is, this is about government by threats, government by one side making its demands …”

“And these folks falling for it,” Reid interjected, gesturing to the reporters in the Senate radio and television gallery.

That’s the same Harry Reid who can’t even keep his bureaucracies straight. And who wouldn’t even countenance budget cuts if they impacted the cowboy poetry festival.

I only wish I’d been there to see this presser in person. It must have been a howl.