Tuesday, March 2, 2010

RedState stuck on spin cycle

It is good once in a while to remind ourselves how wild the spin from the right can be.

Erick Erickson at RedState has found a way to blame Democrats for Sen. Bunning's obstruction of a measure to extend unemployment benefits, Medicare payments, and highway programs. No, I am not making this up:
What Bunning is doing is merely objecting to a unanimous consent request. The Democrats could very easily vote on the pending matter instead of trying to get 100% of the vote.

And isn’t it funny. The Democrats are trying to get 100 votes in the Senate to agree to extend unemployment benefits while also complaining that they have to get 60 votes to pass health care.
Erickson is so committed to this spin that he's asking, "Why does Harry Reid hate the unemployed?"

If "Democrats could very easily vote on the pending matter," then why would Bunning go to the trouble of objecting to the request? What would be the point?

According to Andrew Taylor of the Associated Press,
Democrats want to pass the measure with the unanimous permission of all senators, a common tactic to speed non-controversial measures through the notoriously balky Senate. Otherwise it could take almost a week to slog through the procedural steps required to take up the measure and defeat Bunning's filibuster.
Blaming Harry Reid for this situation is like blaming the rape victim for dressing provocatively. Bunning must take responsibility for his own actions. Conservatives might not agree with that, of course. For eight years, they crafted spin for a president and a party that was incapable of accepting responsibility for anything.

That was pretty pathetic, RedState. I feel a bit sorry for those of you who work such long hours defending Bunning and all the rest of the clowns on the right. Well, now that I think about it, I don't.

Keep brewing that coffee. You're going to need it.

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