As media power burgeons in the political realm, Republicans struggle to keep up with the liberal-media and the agenda-setting in which they engage.
It was obvious to see from the start what would happen with this Payroll Tax Cut debate.
The Republican-controlled House passed a payroll tax extension last week. Didn’t know that? I wouldn’t be surprised, since the media and apparently Democratic leaders didn’t either.
Democrats in the Senate said the House plan would never pass, despite the fact that it had a full year paid for and included important provisions to prevent doctors from getting shortchanged from government medical welfare.
You may remember Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s response to the House bill.
“The bill passed by House Republicans tonight is a pointless partisan exercise. The bill is dead on arrival in the Senate. It was dead before it got to the Senate.”
Dead on arrival. That’s a solid political discussion, don’t you think?
Now, the Senate passes a two month stop-gap, supposedly to negotiate a longer-term deal. Because the last time we had negotiations like this, they went so well.
The headline in the New York Times yesterday, when Republicans in the House stood firm, was interesting.
“House Republicans Reject Payroll Tax Cut Deal.”
Funny, shouldn’t that headline read “Senate Fails To Pass Long-Term Tax Cut”?
But because the Democrats have the sitting President, he sets the agenda. His word is taken above John Boehner’s and to some degree there’s good reason: Barack Obama is the President, Boehner isn’t.
On the other hand, just because the Senate bill had bi-partisan support doesn’t mean it was a good bill (Do I need to remind you about this recent millionaires on food stamp nonsense?)
Just because a bill can pass doesn’t mean it ought to pass.
Republicans, of course, come out looking like the petulant ones, despite the fact that they passed a bill first and it was flatly rejected by the Senate without discussion.
No compromise at all.
Yet Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary, has the audacity to sit at his podium and pop off about Republican resistance.
No, this is Senate resistance to the House. The House has passed bill after bill and the Senate just sits on them.
Obama rails against Congressional indifference, when in reality, it’s his own party’s reluctance to accept any offers from the House that have handcuffed policy making in this country over the last three years.
It’s easier, not to mention more politically beneficial, to both Obama and the Democrats to blame Republicans for the lack of progress on these talks, but the House passed a bill.
They passed a good bill, cutting taxes, and they paid for it without raising fees on you and me.
Yet, somehow, people think the Republicans don’t want to extend the tax cut because they don’t want to approve the Senate measure.
This is where the media comes in. When the media frames the issue the way the President presents it (blindly so), people tend to understand it that way.
Given the malleable wasteland of the liberal mind, I can understand how easy it would be for a simple headline to manipulate one’s view of a topic.
It’s what the Republicans face when trying to galvanize support of their own. People who already have an ounce of common sense already know what the Republicans are doing makes sense.
Everyone else just regurgitates what they read in the New York Times or hear on MSNBC.
Then again, if they were smart enough to think for themselves, they probably wouldn’t be Democrats.