You see Mr. President, these are in fact YOUR words.
I was listening to an interview of Tim Scott of South Carolina who
won a historic race in the Republican “shellacking” of the Democrats
this past November 2nd (Notice I used the very Word that the President
used). He was being interviewed on CNN.
It wasn’t really an overtly hostile interview, but you could clearly
hear that tone of the drill sergeant in the voice of the CNN
commentator, even if mellowed out somewhat. The way he was drilling Mr.
Scott seemed as if he had the perspective that the Republicans had
actually lost by winning. I know, I know! That doesn’t make any sense.
Maybe when I share the line of questioning he blasted upon this newbie
Repub it will help you understand why I use that particular phraseology.
“So you that make up the new Republican majority now, you realize,
don’t you, that you still have a Democratically controlled Senate and a
Democratic President and thus will not be able to get much of what you
promised done, don’t you!”
“We will try to do what the people elected us to do”, Mr. Scott spoke very quietly.
“But, but, with so much opposition and gridlock just waiting for you,
and without a veto proof total majority, ARE YOU GOING TO BE WILLING TO
COMPROMISE the democrats to get anything of value done?”
I pulled over to throw up. (Sorry, graphic I know, but if you’re
anything like me, you probably needed a second to empty your stomach
Did this CNN reporter forget for a moment that the Republicans had
just taken over the House of Representatives? Well, of course he
hadn’t, I mean, he had even said so.
But the line of reasoning that he was fostering upon Mr. Scott, was,
I’m sure it was without his knowledge, going to become the standard line
of the day as the Democratic talking points! See, they’ll run
something like this: “NO! Don’t acknowledge their victory. Warn them,
Warn them that THEY will have to compromise.”
Why is it that the left aways expects the right to be THE
compromisers? To hear the President talk, America elected a Republican
majority because they were tired of the Republicans not cooperating with
him. So (and I’m sure we could find at least one YouTube of him
reasoning this way) he would say that America elected a majority of THEM
(those repubs) so that there would be more of them to work with HIM!
If you have any stomach contents left, I beg you to hold on. I’m
going to quote the President again, this time saying something you might
In my mind, as lightening fast as it sometimes can be, I rushed back
to at least three other occasions when the President talked about
First, I remember when he so bravely, after almost a year of
wrangling, finally invited the Repubs to a “summit” to hear their ideas
about the health care bill that he and the Democrats had debated for the
entire summer. And at this summit, the Repubs actually had some pretty
good ideas. (It was most amazing, too, for all year we’d heard that
they hadn’t offered a single health care reform idea at all!) One of
the better ideas, it seemed to me, was about tort reform; getting those
pesky lawsuits cut down some so that the doctors and hospitals and such
wouldn’t have to pass along all those hefty judgements to you and me in
the price of an aspirin.
It was in the midst of some really good give and take that day that
the President uttered the words that I think you may be glad some of us
After summarily dismissing their proposals one after another (and all
of it on TV for America to see, too), his old opponent John McCain
spoke up, expressing some Arizona style frustration with Mr. Obama for
dismissing all of their thoughts on the subject.
That’s when Mr. Obama said those words that today, I cherish having heard on his lips:
“John, look, get over it, we won! Elections have consequences…….”
I’ve heard the President on at least two other occasions say those
same words, if not the exact word order and syntax, but he did say them!
And not only the President. I also overheard Barney Frank this same
day, speak something in the same basic category of words, or at least I
think he did. Yeah, he really did. It’s just that I have to admit that
I had to get the transcript to truly know. I couldn’t understand the
guy. Barney-speak just isn’t my strong suit. Sorry. But he said it
too, and in fact, he said it in an even clearer way! In speaking of the
rock star election of Barack in 2008, he said, “They (meaning all the
rest of us) just need to understand that elections have consequences.
The people took a look and said we don’t like the way you (meaning
George Bush) were doing things, and they, they voted us in and said we
want to do it your way now.”
Well, in your own words Mr. President, ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES.
And to quote Mr. Frank, “THE PEOPLE SAW THE WAY YOU WERE DOING THINGS
AND SAID, WE DON’T LIKE IT.” They’ve overwhelmingly given the job to
those pesky Repubs now. I think they want to do it differently.
So, stop with the Democratic talking points/strategy of getting the
newbies in DC to feel so guilty about being elected that they feel the
need to compromise with YOU!
Maybe this time, you should take your own advice:
Get over it, Barack. Elections have consequences.