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This is too precious to miss. I think a new segment on every one of my radio programs needs to be the “Encouragement Corner” for conservatives who are getting distraught by all the media talk about how Obama has this election in the bag. And all we’ll do in the “Encouragement Corner” is just play an audio clip or read a statement from one of the folks associated with this president’s re-election campaign. Whether it’s Jay Carney or David Axelrod or Biden (oh gosh, yes, Biden), a little dose of reality would be quite helpful.
Take, for instance, this clip of the president’s mastermind, David Axelrod, on with Bret Baier. The man is just embarrassed on what is one of the most straight-forward, simple, and totally predictable questions that anyone would have: how can you claim to be leading a party of fiscal responsibility when Senate Democrats have not passed a budget in 1,057 days? Baier wasn’t that direct, but he didn’t have to be:
Axelrod punted. "Well, I think you understand the dynamics in the Senate, Bret," said Axelrod. "And you know, there are lots of things that we haven't been able to pass over the course of the last three years, and a lot of it...some are procedural..."
What a pathetic answer! As Baier went on to point out (thankfully), the dynamics in the Senate have nothing to do with the Democrats’ failure. It doesn’t matter if every single Republican disagrees with their budget, you can’t filibuster a budget. The Democrats only need 51 votes (which they have) in order to pass a budget, and they haven’t done it upward of three years now. That’s inexcusable, and it’s pretty apparent that’s why Axelrod couldn’t defend it. After Baier pointed out this reality about the 51 votes, Axelrod countered:
"But we've got -- we've got deep divisions in the Congress between the House and the Senate, and that's complicated our ability to get these things done. And one hope is that when we win this election that there'll be a greater spirit of cooperation moving forward."
Good grief. The House has nothing to do with the Senate Democrats refusal or inability to pass a budget. This isn’t about the Senate Dems passing ones and the House Republicans rejecting it. It’s never even made it to that stage! The Dems won’t pass one, period. It has nothing to do with the deep divisions in Congress. It has everything to do with Democrats just lacking the leadership to do what every other American has to do themselves...and what the House Republicans have done.
When Baier made that point about average Americans making a budget, Axelrod came up for air and proceeded to make a bigger fool of himself:
"Because they also don't have to deal with the theater of politics in making their budgets. We obviously have to budget and we do budget and deal with our budgetary challenges.
By the way, I think if he would have slipped in a few references to “budgetarians” and the need for effective “budgetation,” that statement would have set a world record for the most uses of the word budget in history. Nonetheless, Axelrod decided to finish his statement by shining some flashy objects in the eyes of Baier and the audience.
I was just waiting for – and am quite surprised he didn’t mention – a reference to the Republican War on Women causing the Democrats’ budget failures. And that’s what this election will have to be for the president and Democrats. Distract, distort, divide. Sad.