Krauthammer: Grown-Ups Are in Control

From IJ Review:


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.”


Obama-middle-finger-YouTube-screenshotDemocrats 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.


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15 Responses to Krauthammer: Grown-Ups Are in Control

  1. Clyde says:

    Does ANYONE really believe McConnell will pass all the shit that has been sent up from the House ? I harbor no illusions.Anything that HE does not agree with will never see daylight either.

    • Kathy says:

      Probably not all of it, but I think he’ll force O to use that veto and he’ll send more to him than Reid ever did, that’s for certain.

      • upaces88 says:

        I got tired of the Veto(s) so I looked it u p on Google. There is a way to fight back IF Obama Veto(s) something that we want:
        The Presidential Veto and Congressional Veto Override Process
        Center for Legislative Archives
        National Archives and Records Administration
        Background information on the veto process for the teacher:
        While the word “veto” does not appear in the Constitution, the power of the President to refuse
        to sign legislation is clearly outlined in the Constitution:
        Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the
        Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the
        United States: If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it,
        with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who
        shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to
        reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall
        agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the
        other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by
        two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law.
        —U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 7, clause 2

        • Kathy says:

          Yes, it can still become law, but only if Congress has enough backbone to push it instead of allowing his veto to kill it, simply because they don’t want to cross him. Their cowardice gives his veto more power than it was ever intended to have.

          They tend to forget they are the lawmakers and he is only the enforcer (or supposed to be) and his say-so isn’t final.

          Thanks for adding that – it’s a good refresher for people who may think he has the final say.

  2. Liz entrekin says:

    Certainly relevant Clyde since it seems McConnell dishes out punishment to any party members who attempt to run against him as Speaker or has a different view. It appears he works closer With Obama than other Republicans. Could it be those pork bellies?

    • Kathy says:

      Liz, you mean Boehner, right, our too-tanned speaker? He’s the one who’s so tight with O it’s hard to pry them apart, while McConnell has yet to show whose side he’s on, although that is probably predictable, since he started talking about ‘working together’ before they even clocked in.

      • Liz entrekin says:

        Oops you are correct. It is getting hard to keep the long list of congressional dummies straight.

        • Kathy says:

          I know what you mean. It looks like we’re basically down to that one-party system, what with all the smooching and playing nice-nice.

  3. I.R. Wayright says:

    Frankly, I’d settle for two more years of grid lock. BUT, I want those rogue alphabet agencies to stop legislating from their cushy offices. They need to be reigned in or shut down.

    • Kathy says:

      Agreed, IR, the agencies with their free hand and endless regulations are far worse, but like everything government, once set loose it never gets reined in.

  4. vonMesser says:

    I’m actually thinking that much will be passed by the Senate to the President because otherwise he will be open to getting the reputation by the public as do-nothing – same as the House has gotten by the media for the last 4 years. If the Senate starts getting the do-nothing label because of him, the other senators will open up in the press, and the press will attack him for being an obstructionist (anytime they can attack a leading R they will do so).

  5. I.R. Wayright says:

    When Obama walks into the joint session to give the SOTU address, all the republicans should stand with their backs turned.. No clapping.
    And when he tells a lie, they should all shout in unison, “YOU LIE!”

    Then, when he is on his way out, they should start chanting;
    “What do we want? Impeachment!, When do we want it? NOW!”
    And don’t call me a racist. I’d be ecstatic if it was President Allen West giving the address instead of the commie in chief. I’d be willing to settle on Ted Cruz though, in a heart beat.

  6. CW says:

    So will the MSM stop talking about the “do-nothing congress” and start talking about the “do-nothing president?” Nah.

    • vonMesser says:

      No. But if “we” can stand up and yell “We passed 500 bills and Obama has vetoed them” they have to take some notice. Remember, if Congress passes a law and the President does nothing in 10 days, the bill automatically becomes law. (POCKET VETO: – The Constitution grants the president 10 days to review a measure passed by the Congress. If the president has not signed the bill after 10 days, it becomes law without his signature. However, if Congress adjourns during the 10-day period, the bill does not become law.) So if he does nothing, it passes. He has to veto or sign.

  7. Terry says:

    If the new House tries to do anything now, it will surely become known to the lefties as the “Rushing into things blindly” congress .