5:23 p.m. PDT
Several minutes ago I watched CNN’s Wolfe Blitzer interview Congressman Elijah Cummings, who said house Republicans are saying “my way or the highway” in the continuing resolution (CR) debate. Cummings is the proverbial “pot calling the kettle black”. Republicans have goals, but they are willing to negotiate on the final bill; Democrats are not.
“My way” for House Republicans has taken the form of three different proposals to the Democrat-controlled Senate. If they had only one defined objective, they would not have compromised at all. But their first bill would have withheld all funds for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), while the second only asked that Obamacare be delayed for one year to work out the various problems that have been announced over the past few weeks. That is a big shift.
On the other hand, Democrats have been saying – even before the House wrote the first bill – that they would not pass a CR bill that included any extra provisions.
Most news anchors are not questioning these “blame game” accusations. That is a disservice to the American people.