March 23, 2020 3:07 pm -

Rank-and-file Democrats have been waiting for their representatives on Capitol Hill to tear off the damned pink tutus and slip into the combat boots. It took a global pandemic to get that ball rolling.

And the good news is that the roll is in top gear today. .

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) DRAGGED Moscow Mitch:

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) called out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Monday for being more concerned with propping up the economy than providing supplies to hospitals fighting the novel coronavirus.

“You can throw all the money at Wall Street you want to,” Manchin said after McConnell blamed Democrats for a stalled stimulus bill. “People are afraid to leave their homes. They’re afraid of the health care. I’ve got workers who don’t have masks. I’ve got health care workers who don’t have gowns.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY14) puts the red-ass to Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME):

Describing Collins’ voting history, AOC tweeted, “@SenatorCollins can keep her crocodile tears. She voted & fought HARD to strip pandemic prep funding. She helped drive the lack of preparation that we had leading up to this. What’s actually disgraceful is her “I’m a Moderate Lady” dance to cover up brutal policies and votes.”

In a separate tweet, AOC noted that Collins voted for the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018 and, in 2017, voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act — or as AOC describes it, “the GOP tax scam.”

According to Ocasio-Cortez, Collins is “defending an utterly corrupt bill to shower public money on friends and donors. Susan Collins is not a moderate. She just plays one on TV.”

And Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) put the smackdown on arrogant, pushy, obnoxious Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Tea Party):

During a vigorous debate on the form that an economic stimulus bill in response to the coronavirus pandemic should ultimately take, [Brown] was highly critical of his Republican colleagues in the U.S. Senate — including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. And things grew testy when Brown was speaking and Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas kept interrupting.

Cotton tried to imply that Democrats weren’t negotiating with Republicans in good faith — and Brown wasn’t having it. Although Brown initially agreed to yield the Senate floor, he became fed up and told Cotton, “You always want to do Trump, the president’s bidding. I have the floor, and I will keep the floor.”

And let’s not leave out a denizen of the so-called “mainstream media” getting righteously curb-stomped by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA):

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was confronted by Bloomberg host Jonathan Ferro on Monday over the stalled coronavirus relief legislation.

“In this bill, there are checks for everyday Americans,” Ferro told the senator. “The reason this bill hasn’t gone through is because of Democratic senators. Do you want to be the person that stopping people from getting their checks to meet their rent at the end of this month?”

“Excuse me,” Warren shot back. “The reason this bill has not gone through is because of Republicans senators and because of Republican leadership that pretended to negotiate for three days with the Democrats and then at the end of that time basically introduced their own bill.”

“We’ve laid out what our principles are,” she continued. “And that is you can’t give a half a billion dollars to giant industry and not help people at the grassroots.”

Memo to Hill Dems: nore like this, please!

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.