While discussing the new congress, the Keystone XL Pipeline, and Democrats finally embracing an amendment process in the Senate, political commentator Charles Krauthammer saw an opportunity to make a point about what Congress will look like now that former majority leader Harry Reid is now the minority leader of the Senate.
Krauthammer laid it all out there:
Republicans will have a chance to show how retroactively everything has been stopping at the Senate – Harry Reid stopped it. They effectively acted as a shield to make Obama look as if he wasn’t the one stopping stuff. Now he is going to be exposed because he will have to exercise the veto.
Then he delivered the finishing touch: “The days of hiding under Harry Reid’s desk are over.”
Democrats have long blamed Republicans for being the party of obstruction, but Krauthammer points out that Americans will soon see all that legislation that’s been piled on Reid’s desk for so long. It will become painfully obvious who the real obstructionists have been.
Obama will be forced to use the veto or approve legislation. Prepare to hear every excuse imaginable for the multitude of vetoes we’re about to see. His pen is about to get a workout.
Yes, the days of hiding are over, that much is true, although I don’t know that I’d go so far as to say the grown-ups are in charge now.