Even CNN’s Chris Cillizza thought the Democrats were being childish. “And the DC political class wonders why people hate them,” he said.
I agree. It’s pretty lame for allegedly full-grown people to taunt their political opponents the way they did. They just make it clearer and clearer that this is all a game to them.
They were taunting the Republicans who voted for the Obamacare repeal bill, singing that 1969 song ‘Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye’ by one-hit-wonder group Steam, insinuating that these Republicans just committed political suicide and would all lose their seats during the midterms. The song’s actual title is ‘Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.’
“We have two parties in this country for a reason,” Cillizza wrote. “Democrats and Republicans don’t always disagree on the problems the country faces but do almost always disagree on how to solve them.”
I don’t think there are any objective assessments done by these politicians of the nation’s myriad of problems, regardless of what letter appears after their name. Politics is money and power. That’s all they care about.
Politicians have corporate sponsors as if they’re part of a sports team. Corporations use politicians to pass laws that benefit them in exchange for donations and super-PACs that all but ensure re-election after re-election.
You see the same type of thing with not just congressmen and senators, but with directors of government regulatory agencies.
That’s what politics is today. All their talk of trying to ‘fix’ America’s problems are just their marketing slogans so that people will continue to give them their support. There is no genuine desire to fix anything, let alone diagnose the problems everyday Americans face. If it’s not profitable to the politicians, then they don’t care.
Now, as for the Democrats’ childish taunting of their Republican rivals who voted for the bill, I’m not so sure they were singing that annoying song to the right people. I would guess that those 20 Republicans who voted against the bill have a better chance at losing their seat than those who voted for it.
It’s mostly about public perception. The bill as it stands now isn’t much better than what it was. As Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) noted, the revised version took him from a ‘hell no’ to a ‘no.’ To him, that’s progress. But he didn’t vote for it.
But unfortunately, I think those who didn’t vote for the bill will be looked at as non-team players, unwilling to work together to beat the other side, and unwilling to compromise. A more realistic way to describe someone like Massie is that he’s not willing to play the game.
Of course, there were some Republicans (the ‘moderates’) who didn’t vote for the bill because it wasn’t enough like the original Obamacare.
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