March 1, 2015

Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has now decided that obstruction from the minority is a bad thing. It's amazing how that works now that it's the Democrats in the minority in the Senate and not the Republicans.

Here he is on this Sunday's Meet the Press pretending that his party has ever had any intention of governing and blaming the Democrats for the chaos over the DHS funding.

MCCARTHY: We have difference of opinion and strategy and tactics, but in principle we are united. We are united in the principle there's a right way and a wrong way to legislate. Unfortunately the president chose the wrong way and when the highest court in the land tells you you've overstepped your bounds, that means there's a problem.

TODD: Is it fair to say that legislating for the rest of the year, this is sort of the climate? Senate Republicans and House Republicans can't agree on a way forward on DHS funding and you guys have control of both houses, how are you going to get tax reform done? How are you going to get trade proposals done? Shouldn't we be looking at this and saying, throwing up our hands and saying well, wait until November 2016?


MCCARTHY: We are committed to doing tax reform, infrastructure. All we need is someone that wants to work with us. We will work with anybody that wants to work with us. We just find an administration, he's offered four times as many veto threats as bills that he signed. He has a veto threat where he just stopped 40,000 jobs in America. He vetoed charitable giving to food banks.

TODD: It seems like nobody wants to be the adult in the room now. I understand you're criticizing the president, but it's not as if you guys are acting like the adult in the room right now either.

MCCARTHY: Well, look, could we have done better Friday? Yes. And will we? Yes we will. But we took up legislation five weeks ago so we did not have a cliff. If there is somebody not being an adult, it is the Democrats that are trying to use an advantage tool rule to not let the majority govern in the Senate.

I can work with anybody. Homeland Security did not shut down. We say let's go to conference. We're ready to get the job done.

Yeah, sure they are. The can't even control the wingnuts within their own caucus.

And don't you just love all of Chuck Todd's "priorities" he names off as well? Tax reform, a.k.a. more tax cuts for corporations and the 1 percent and allowing companies to repatriate the money at a discount that they've been hiding overseas. That and another rotten trade deal that puts the screws to the middle class. At least McCarthy brought up infrastructure, but they aren't even capable of getting that done these days.


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