Here is the audio of that interview.
Today President Obama told Senate Democrats that they had faced “enormous procedural obstacles that are unprecedented..”
“You had to cast more votes to break filibusters last year than in the entire 1950s and 1960s combined. That’s 20 years of obstruction jammed into just one.”
This is astonishing. A filibuster is the successful use of 41 or more votes to prevent the closing of debate. There wasn’t a single filibuster in 2009. Not one.
The president will say anything to advance a narrative that makes him a victim of obstruction. It is clear that 2010 will be spent pivoting from his 2009 mantra of Bush’s fault to his campaign year blasts at the “do nothing Republicans.”
His advisors must foresee grim news on jobs to offer up such a transparent and unpersuasive, indeed almost purposefully alienating argument.
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The president was campaigning for Obamacare yesterday, asking Republicans “You got a better idea?” The answer should be, “We gave them to you on Friday. You still haven’t read them. And they begin with serious tort reform. No health care reform without serious tort reform. No punishing seniors and doctors without reigning in plaintiffs’ lawyers.”
Former Indiana congressman and senator and Ambassador to Germany Dan Coats has entered the Senate race against Indiana’s Evan Bayh. (HT: Chris Cillizza.) Though he is far behind Bayh in money raised —and Roll Call has a chart of where every Senate candidate stands on fundraising here— Coats is the sort of conservative who can tap into the Tea Party energy and immediately draw close to Bayh, whose support for Obamacare was decisive throughout 2009.