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Someone needs to explain to the clearly addled John McCainosaurus that the asswipe is not co-fucking-president and needs to explain to the rest of the Repugnicans that in a democracy, losing the election means that you are out of fucking power.
You gotta hand it to the Repugnicans: Even when they are in the minority, even when the majority of the American people have soundly rejected Repugnicanism, the ’Pugs act as though they still have an impressive amount of political muscle to flex.
WASHINGTON – Senator John McCain said [yesterday] that President Barack Obama should [have included] Republicans in his plans sooner if he really [wanted] their support after the bitter debate over the $787 billion economic stimulus bill.
McCain, who lost the 2008 presidential election to Obama, and other Republicans complained they had been left out of negotiations on the legislation by Democrats who hold majorities in both houses of Congress.
McCain said the bill was filled with non-emergency spending paid for with borrowed money that future generations will have to pay back.
“I think that the majority of people understand that this was generational theft,” McCain told Reuters.
[The hundreds of billions of dollars spent on the unelected Bush regime’s wholly unnecessary, bogus Vietraq War would not qualify as “generational theft,” of course, because that was Repugnican spending of American taxpayers’ dollars, you see.]
The Arizona senator said many other issues coming up will require a bipartisan effort that he said has been lacking so far from Obama and the Democrats.
“I hope they’ve learned a lesson,” he said. “I hope that they will reverse course, and sit down, negotiate from the beginning, so you’re in on the takeoff, so you can be in on the landing.”
McCain met Obama two weeks after the November 4 election and agreed that “Americans of all parties want and need their leaders to come together and change the bad habits of Washington” to solve urgent challenges.
Obama initially hoped for an overwhelming majority for passage of the stimulus bill, but the debate quickly dissolved into the traditional argument in which Democrats backed a package more weighted to spending programs and Republicans advocated tax cuts.
Acknowledging scaled-down ambitions for the vote, Obama on Thursday said “I hope they act in a bipartisan fashion, but no matter how they act,” the legislation should help the economy.
The stimulus bill ultimately passed the House of Representatives with no Republican support. It was expected to garner the votes of three Republican moderates in the Senate [and it did].
“No one could view this as having a scintilla of bipartisanship,” said McCain, who has often annoyed his own Republican colleagues by working with the opposition party.
“The message of the election was, sit down and work together. They obviously are not doing that,” he said.
No, the message of the November 4 election was not “sit down and work together.”
The November 4 election was a repudiation of Repugnicanism. You don’t look to solutions from those who were in power for eight fucking years and who nearly destroyed the American empire in the process — any more than you go back to the first incompetent surgeon who botched your surgery in order to correct his botch job. But nice try, McCainosaurus.
A fucking “mandate.” They didn’t talk about power sharing or bipartisanship. Nooooo, they talked about their “mandate.”
Miraculously, 50.7 percent of the popular vote was not what it actually was, a squeaker, but was a “mandate” in 2004, but Barack Obama’s 53 percent of the popular vote on Nov. 4, 2008 only can be called a call for bipartisanship and power sharing!
On Nov. 4, 2008, the American people put the Repugnicans out of power and the Repugnicans need to shut the fuck up and sit the fuck down. And it is the Democrats in Washington who need to tell them to do that, as the Repugnicans told the Democrats to do when the Repugnicans were in power for eight long disastrous years.
And if the Democrats in Washington won’t tell the Repugnicans to shut the fuck up and sit the fuck down, then we, the people, who put the Democrats in power, need to do that job for them.