Monday, August 8, 2011

Kerry Downgrade

A couple of days after admonishing the media for failing to perform its solemn duty to ignore the Tea Party and its influence on American politics, Senator John Kerry (D-MA) let loose with this on  Sunday's Meet The Press:
"Well, it's a partial wake-up call. I believe this is, without question, the Tea Party downgrade. This is the Tea Party downgrade because a minority of people in the House of Representatives countered the will of many Republicans in the United States Senate who were prepared to do a bigger deal,..."
(I'll let others comment on the head-shaking chutzpah displayed this weekend, here by Kerry,  elsewhere by many others, apologizing for the congressional Democrats' and the Obama Administration's performance in the debt-ceiling debate by attacking the Tea Party.  I'll giv'em this, however.  "Tea Party downgrade" was in the talking-points memo and they all adhered strictly to the script.)

Anyway, back to Kerry.

Uh, Senator, no minority in the House of Representatives has the power to do anything other than try to persuade a majority in the House of Representatives.  It's only in the Senate, where you hold office Sir, that a minority can wield such power.

I know Senator, the Constitution's a bitch sometimes.   Maybe you and Cokie Roberts could do lunch and figure out some useful ways around it.  Make sure she doesn't mention the Tea Party, however.

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