Next thing you know, the New York Times will be complaining that the Dems are calling water “wet” and slasher flicks “Kind of stabby”.
Um, senators, ever heard of the mute button?
Moments before a conference call with reporters was scheduled to get underway on Tuesday morning, Charles E. Schumer of New York, the No. 3 Democrat in the Senate, apparently unaware that many of the reporters were already on the line, began to instruct his fellow senators on how to talk to reporters about the contentious budget process.
After thanking his colleagues — Barbara Boxer of California, Benjamin L. Cardin of Maryland, Thomas R. Carper of Delaware and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut — for doing the budget bidding for the Senate Democrats, who are facing off against the House Republicans over how to cut spending for the rest of the fiscal year, Mr. Schumer told them to portray John A. Boehner of Ohio, the speaker of the House, as painted into a box by the Tea Party, and to decry the spending cuts that he wants as extreme. “I always use the word extreme,” Mr. Schumer said. “That is what the caucus instructed me to use this week.”
A minute or two into the talking-points tutorial, though, someone apparently figured out that reporters were listening, and silence fell.
Then the conference call began in earnest, with the Democrats right on message.
Yes, if the GOP stays on message, they are “Unified and disciplined”. When we do it, it means we have cooties. Angry, well organized cooties.
Thankfully, Schumer is standing his ground.
Just days away from a deadline on funding the federal government, Sen. Chuck Schumer called on Speaker Boehner to drop the Tea Party and accept a budget deal.
“The bottom line is the Tea Party continues to pull at Speaker Boehner and say ‘don’t come to any compromise.’ Their positions continue to be extreme and we know that HR 1 will not pass the Senate and the President would veto it,” the Senator from New York told MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell. “Their solution just doesn’t work, and would lead, if they stick with it and if Boehner sticks with them, it will lead to a government shutdown.”
Translation: I meant what I said and said what I meant. And if you don’t like it, you can go fuck yourself in a derby hat!