Dec 13, 2010

NYT: Out of power soon, out of sorts now

From a New York Times report:

As House Democrats met privately to weigh the tax deal negotiated by the White House, an angry chant spontaneously rolled across the room.

“Just say no, just say no,” rebellious lawmakers cried. Vulgar words were aimed at President Obama. Incensed members spoiled for a fight.

With many of them ousted by voters, angry Democrats are fast becoming the "party of no."

The New York Times report continues:

The fury coursing through the meeting last Thursday in the basement of the Capitol was just the latest manifestation of the foul mood of House and Senate Democrats as they suffer through the final days of the 111th Congress, watching their power ebb while scores of them cast their last votes.

“People are just baffled that the administration couldn’t cut a better deal,” said Representative Chris Van Hollen, a Maryland Democrat and party leader who says the White House got taken in the tax talks.

Democrat Congressmen were unhappy in 1984 when Bill Clinton suddenly moved to the center after losing control of Congress but they didn't loose their tempers nor did they curse at him behind his back.