November 12, 2014 1:45 pm -

The new Senate is months away, and yet Democrats are already folding like cheap lawn chairs, observes Steve Marmel. West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin says he in no way wants to get in the way of Republicans. And Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill wants you to know how ready she is not to play politics.


When asked about the prospects that his party would block the GOP agenda for the next two years, Manchin didn’t mince words: “That’s bullsh—. … I’m not going to put up with that.”

Others are saying they’re not afraid to defect on key issues.

“Our caucus needs to take a hard look at the way we do things and make sure we are putting the policy issues first before politics,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who spoke with McConnell and Reid after last week’s elections. “The habit we got into in doing nothing, no one was happy with that. I hope that we never go back to that.”

Marmel concludes:

As calls for impeachment rise, you’re ready to… what… not get in the way?

So NO. This does not please me or fill me with hope. GET A SPINE.

What your caucus needs to do is HOLD THE LINE against aggressive, terrible dominionistic, tea party insanity. You are expected to use every parliamentary procedure you have to gum up the works on anything horrible.

If people like Joni Ernst or Ted Cruz or Mike Lee have an idea, it should be the most difficult thing in the world for it to see the light of day. I want to see the veins in their heads explode with frustration as they can’t get it done.[su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

18 responses to Marmel: Spineless Democrats Already Folding

  1. edmeyer_able November 12th, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    I’m predicting post offices in many blue states to be named in the next 2 years to be named for Democratic members of congress.

  2. starskeptic November 12th, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Back to ‘business-as-usual’ for those brave Dems.

  3. R.J. Carter November 12th, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Waitasecond… folding? Are you saying you’d rather the Democrats be more interested in confrontation than compromise?

    • OldLefty November 12th, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      So, they should NOT behave as the Republicans did?

      Compromise on what?

      • R.J. Carter November 12th, 2014 at 4:11 pm

        On anything. We have an article on the front page that says that Republicans are more interested in confrontation than compromise, and yet in an article about how the Dems are willing to work with Republicans, it’s a declaration that they’re folding.

        It’s ironic at best.

        • OldLefty November 12th, 2014 at 4:18 pm

          It depends upon what.
          Compromise on Medicare and Social Security?
          Obama tried that, it didn’t work.

          Compromise on the Dream Act?
          Basically, compromise on the things YOUR voter put you there to do?

          The difference is that Republicans vowed to not compromise on the day of Obama’s inauguration.
          And on things that they supported when they did not come from Obama.

        • arc99 November 12th, 2014 at 5:12 pm

          the only irony I see is the GOP position that compromise means doing it their way or not at all.

          • R.J. Carter November 13th, 2014 at 9:36 am

            That’s pretty much Harry Reid’s definition of compromise during the last budget.

        • tracey marie November 12th, 2014 at 5:33 pm

          work on what, impeachment, anti GLBT issues, abortion and the ACA are stupid theocratic and/or racist bills that the rwnj’s will push

        • Tommy6860 November 12th, 2014 at 5:57 pm

          I’ll relate this to your just previous post as well as this one:

          The article about confrontation will more than likely be true, even if there are dems who will kow-tow to the GOPers because some in the new majority to be think they got a mandate, they didn’t. I reflect back on Boehner after the 2012 election where he said The American people have spoken…” yet then went on to defy the will of the people, to the nadir of GOP perniciousness of enacting a government shut-down while blocking about every piece of legislation the GOP could. All of this in spite of the fact that our economy and equality kept moving along without their help.

          Now all of the sudden the dems are supposed to feel this brotherly love and just work together on what the GOP wants. Why? Because they were cast as not standing up to the president’s successes and backed away from talking about any of them in their bids for (re)election. Personally, I am sick to death of the GOP, but now I am just as sick of the dems that tucked tail and ran from these successes this election.

          This is what I think of the GOP, seriously: We have failed as a society and and economy because of them over and over again, and the president has succeeded in those same areas in spite of them.

          • R.J. Carter November 13th, 2014 at 9:34 am

            If the same budget bills were being looked at four months from now, there wouldn’t be a government shutdown. That’s because the shutdown wasn’t the work of the House GOP, but the work of a single individual, one Democrat, Harry Reid, who would never allow a single CSR to come up for vote in the Senate, then spun it to look as though the problem was with the House. And that is the sole, singular reason that I am glad to see Harry dethroned.

    • tracey marie November 12th, 2014 at 5:32 pm

      No, we are saying the insanity of the teabagg racists has to be stomped out of existence once and for all. The hate based rhetoric from the teabaggers (elected) is an embarrassment to our country.

      • R.J. Carter November 13th, 2014 at 9:35 am

        Ah. Idea squelching. Good plan.

  4. Denise November 12th, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    sll they have to do is obstruct, give the gop s taste of their own medicine.

  5. toadUso November 12th, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Sadly true……

  6. allison1050 November 12th, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Some of the problems the country is faced with today stem for good ole Harry who doesn’t and hasn’t had what it takes to keep the senate moving forward, he’s either too old and tired or plain lazy and just interested in his senatorial title, personally I think it’s a combination of both. The senate is full of dems who aren’t interested in doing anything except hanging on until the next election and staying close to the country’s seat of power when they are out of office. Most are nothing but chickensh*ts who don’t have a spin nearly as strong as a chicken as a matter of fact.

  7. Dwendt44 November 12th, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    They could do a lot if they put their minds to it. History shows that a ‘lamb duck’ session can be productive. How about confirming the Attorney General?
    Instead of a few judges and some political appointments, do so real work.

  8. fancypants November 12th, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Wrong sheet music. It should read ..we shall overcome