Senate Dems Forget To Hit The Mute Button

Senate Dems Forget To Hit The Mute Button


I’d argue that nearly all politicians do the following, which is nothing more than organize their messaging so they get on the same page, but only Dems would figure out a way to get caught doing it.

From NY Times:

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.

Palm -> Forehead

Hey guys, instead of using the oppositions tactics (which were finely honed by Gingrich back in the 90s) how about you just prove their ideas aren’t good for the country?

We’re waiting…

  • Nick Benjamin

    I’ll be the first to agree that calling each-other extreme is silly. Sometimes an extreme idea turns out to be the best one.

    But the simple fact is that nobody calls into a session like that to hear logical and reasoned debate. You call into see where key Senators are, so that when you do the hard count you know how likely the proposal being discussed gets to 60. If the entire Democratic caucus is busy dissing the GOP’s plan as “extreme” it’s not gonna get to 60, and thus your analysis should be that no budget will get to the President’s desk until one side (or the other) caves.

    Letting everyone frame cogent arguments gets in the way because a) a cogent argument takes at last 15 minutes each, and b) somebody could misspeak, at which point you’re on the Daily Show sounding stupid. Just remember the fate of one Senator who tried to muster rational arguments against gay marriage and failed: Rick Santorum. If he had just spewed a bunch of BS about gay marriage being “extreme,” he might still be a Senator.

    As for proof the Tea Party’s idea are bad for America, here’s a Moody’s report on their budget:

  • kranky kritter

    Boy, I for one am shocked. And all this time I was sure that democrats were so much better and more sincere than Republicans.