One thing that the Senate Democrats accomplished when they refused to cut off debate on the coronavirus stimulus bill was to unite Senate Republicans as they rarely have been. The bill, which everyone had thought was done, was blown up when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived back in Washington and started to demand a laundry list of liberal policy prescriptions that had little to do with fighting the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Tax subsidies for wind and solar? Money for the Kennedy Center? Giveaways for labor unions. To quote Joe Biden, come on, man?
The Federalist notes that Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas was in full righteous rage while noting the perfidy of the Democrats on the Senate floor.
“The famed quote from Rahm Emanuel, that’s President Obama’s chief of staff: Never let a good crisis go to waste. Sadly, we’re seeing the embodiment of that cynical approach right now. Because with all the people out of jobs, the Democrats are using this to push — what are they pushing for? Changing the emissions standards on airplanes. What the h-ll do the emissions standards on airplanes have to do with thousands to people dying and millions of people out of work in the coronavirus epidemic?”
Cruz noted that the Democrats had not just voted against the bill but had voted against even considering the bill. He was speaking for a lot of people who believe that the Democrats have essentially taken the entire population of the United States hostage to pass unrelated, far-left policies that have no relation to the coronavirus and could not pass under normal circumstances.
Cruz can be relied upon to bring down the thunder when Democrats, or anyone else for that matter, misbehave. However, the Senate Democrats have also angered Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, every liberal’s favorite Republican senator, with the possible exception of Mitt Romney. According to Fox News, after having to endure an effort of Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer to prevent her from speaking, she took to the floor of the Senate and unloaded.
“I cannot believe that the answer to this crisis – as we move to address the economic consequences that are so severe for the people of this country – that the answer from our friends on the other side of the aisle is delay, delay, delay. No sense of urgency. No hurry.”
Collins made certain to let Schumer have it for trying to block her from speaking.
“Here we are facing an enemy that is invisible but … devastating to the health of our people and to the health of our economy. And yet unbelievably the Democratic leader objected to my even being able to speak this morning. Is this what we’ve come to? The Democratic leader objected to our convening at 9 a.m. this morning so that we could begin working in … earnest.”
Speaking of Mitt Romney, the junior senator from Utah and failed presidential candidate, the most RINO of all the senators expressed his disdain on Twitter. He noted that nothing in the Senate (not even impeachment apparently) had shocked him before this moment.
Romney had allowed his ire at President Trump to vote aye on one of the articles of impeachment, earning the enmity of the commander in chief. Since he had been exposed to fellow Senator Rand Paul, who has tested positive for the coronavirus, Romney is in self-imposed quarantine.
As of this writing, it looks like the Senate is close to a deal for the coronavirus stimulus bill. The one concession to the Democrats appears to be more oversight of the fund that is being used to tide corporations over through the crisis. Hot Air suggests that once a deal is arrived at in the Senate, Pelosi is likely to rubber-stamp it, allowing it to pass through the House
The parting question that is on the lips of the punditry class is, why all of the histrionics? Why the partisan political hardball?
The closest answer that anyone has been able to give was that Pelosi blew things up, dragging senate Democrats back from an agreement, because she wanted to and because she could.
She will likely not get too many if anything of her demands, but she has poked Republicans and the Bad Man in the White House. She hopes that the media will cover for her to such an extent that people will have forgotten about it by November.