This Washington Examiner article shows how stupid some senators are. Here’s the proof justifying my statement:

Chambliss and Isakson dismiss the criticism, arguing that voters want Congress to set aside differences and agree on something that will make a difference, even if it requires trade-offs.

Sen. Chambliss and Sen. Isakson couldn’t be further from the truth. The Gang of 10 legislation wouldn’t appreciably drop prices at the pump. That’s the only criteria that people care about. If playing hardball is what reduces the price at the pump, then that’s what they’re content with. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PRICE.

Let’s frame this a different way. If Democrats stand in the way of progress, we expect Republicans to expose them as working against the will of the American people. At that point, We The People will let our voices be heard. If the Democrats persist in working against actually increasing drilling, then we’ll make certain that their colleagues pay a price at the polls this November.

Let’s remember that Democrats don’t have the votes in the House to pass a CR that would maintain the drilling moratoria. Eventually, Democrats will be forced to pass a CR that doesn’t extend the moratoria on the OCS. That puts an exceptional amount of pressure on Harry Reid’s Democrats. If the Senate Democrats don’t ratify the House’s CR, Democrats are on the hook for shutting down the government. Does anyone think that Reid’s Democrats won’t cave at that point?

Picture this headline a month before the election:

Reid, Pelosi Can’t Agree on Drilling Bill, Government Shuts Down

I said here that the Gang of 16 should stop negotiating and accept victory. It’s time Sens. Chambliss, Isakson and the rest of the Gang of 16 Republicans started listening to the will of the American people instead of getting caught up in Washingtonspeak that says “Congress [should] set aside differences and agree on something that will make a difference.”

The legislation isn’t compromise. It’s total capitulation by Senate Republicans. The bill doesn’t do nearly enough to lower gas prices. The Gang of 16 legislation doesn’t do enough to get nuclear power plants built. The Gang of 16 legislation nullifies the hard work and smart legislation that the House Republicans have crafted.

Simply put, if the Gang of 16 Republicans up for re-election don’t pay attention to We The People, they’ll make the race much closer than it needs to be. Those Gang of 16 Republicans up for re-election in 2010 will find themselves facing well-financed primary challengers.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

One Response to “This is What Stupidity Looks Like”

  • Walter hanson says:

    The problem is that members of the gang 10 or is that 16 now think in terms the people want legislation to pass. They still have to remember the principal that a good bill should be passed instead of a bad bill.

    The people will understand opposing a bad bill. The people will punish voting for bad bill.

    Of course it’s those silly beltway pundits that think in terms of passing a bill works wonders.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

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