At Least Our Goof Isn’t Our Goof
Can we pause for a moment and be thankful for one thing — that this guy is a Democrat?
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse said earlier, as the moderates struggled to complete their deal, “I couldn’t care less about bipartisanship.” Whitehouse said getting an economic pump-priming bill passed quickly was more important than drawing Republican support. The question of whether the bill gets support from few Republicans or many Republicans “is a sideshow,” Whitehouse said.
Whitehouse also said he believes the Senate bill is too small to accomplish the amount of economic stimulus needed.
In another indication of the fraying tempers in this week’s debate, Whitehouse angrily denounced Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma for his efforts to block certain projects, including one at the Roger Williams Park Zoo.
“He mocked a zoo that belongs to the City of Providence,” Whitehouse said of Coburn during a Senate speech. Coburn, who has made a specialty of attacking spending programs he considers wasteful, had earlier won a large bipartisan majority for an amendment that forbade spending on any gambling casino, aquarium, zoo, golf course, swimming pool, stadium, community park, museum, theater, art center or highway beautification project. …
“Is the senator who offered this so infallible? Does he know so much about other states that he’s never even visited that he can impose his views?” Whitehouse asked about Coburn after the Senate adopted his amendment on a 73-to-24 vote. Reed and the rest of the New England Democrats present joined Whitehouse in opposition to the amendment.
I’d suggest that Republicans pondering a run for national office keep an eye on Sen. Whitehouse’s spot. I’ve a feeling that, when the political caravan begins to turn, Whitehouse is going to run straight into a ditch.