On Thursday former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle spoke at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. At that breakfast Lott and Daschle achieved a Vulcan mind-meld with each other on what Senate Majority Leader needs to do in the new Congress: keep those federal dollars rolling towards K Street and ignore everything else.
Bipartisanship is somewhere between a fetish and a religion with people who don’t really believe in anything. Why anyone thinks it makes sense to elect politicians in a partisan contest and then want them to be bipartisan, thereby jettisoning the very values that made them attractive to voters, escapes me. The fact is that bipartisan is a code word for pork.
That’s important to breaking the gridlock in Congress, according to Mr. Lott, the former senator and majority leader from Mississippi. His advice was dittoed by another former senator and majority leader, Democrat Tom Daschle of South Dakota. Both spoke at a Monitor breakfast on Thursday.
Through their engagement with the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, the two have been promoting ways to return Congress to a more productive era.
As has been said, “no man’s life, liberty, or property are secure when the legislature’s in session.” Those words are as true today as they were a hundred years ago. Given Lott’s record as a porkmeister everyone should be terrified if he thinks Congress is “productive.”
Conservatives are evil
“The leadership is going to have to find a way to deal sternly with some of these members…. I wouldn’t put up with some of the stuff that they’re doing,” said Lott. He characterized last year’s partial government shutdown – spearheaded by tea party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Ted CruzSenate Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard94% of Texas – as a “fraud.”
Meanwhile, he said, the incoming majority leader should quickly deputize people to work with the new Republican senators, bring them in the loop and close to leadership, “to make sure they don’t slip away from them” to the right flank.
Senator Daschle agreed: “The more you can include, the more you can engage, the more you can bring them in … the more likely it is that those stand-your-ground types will look at the advantages of …read more