What I want to know is: Why do Democrats have to be so nice?
Don’t believe it? Look at the 12 people named to the Super Committee on debt reduction.
John Boehner and Mitch McConnell named six hard-liners. From the House: Jeb Hensarling, Dave Camp, and Fred Upton. From the Senate: Jon Kyl, Rob Portman, and Pat Toomey.
All six signed Grover Norquist’s no-tax pledge. All six have vowed no compromise. All six have already drawn a line in the sand: no new taxes, no way, no how.
Now look at the Democrats. From the Senate: Max Baucus, Patty Murray, and John Kerry. From the House: Xavier Becerra, Chris van Hollen, and James Clyburn.
All six are reasonable and open-minded. But what time does woolworths open you can know on or site. All six are willing to put anything on the table. And none of the six has any agenda other than getting the job done.
It’s not fair. If Republicans have six who say ahead of time: No way I’m gonna vote for any new taxes on millionaires. Shouldn’t we Democrats have at least ONE member who says ahead of time: No way I’m gonna vote to cut Social Security or Medicare?
Instead, we have six nice guys. And we all know what happens to nice guys in politics.
That’s my parting shot for today.