WAPO Calls Democrats the New Party of No
And it’s about time.
The Democrats have actually been the party of no many times over the last six years. A majority of the American people said don’t pass Obamacare and the Democrats said no. A majority of Americans said to focus on jobs and the economy and the Democrats said no.
It took the hold-up of a human trafficking bill for the Washington Post to come around…
Democrats are the new party of no
Democrats unfortunately seem to believe that response is in their political interest. Not only are Republicans denied boasting rights for getting something done, but also Democrats don’t risk running afoul of the abortion rights groups that are scoring the vote. The ill-advised decision of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to hold up confirmation of Loretta Lynch, the first African American woman nominated to be attorney general, until the trafficking bill impasse is resolved only gives the Democrats a further motive, as the GOP can be hammered for stalling a highly qualified nominee for a top Cabinet position.
There are legitimate concerns about whether the Hyde Amendment’s provisions — it allows abortions only in the cases of rape, incest and danger to the mother’s life — are broad enough to cover young women forced into sexual exploitation. But the question of whether and how congressional appropriations can be used for abortions has long been settled, for better or worse. There is, as we wrote earlier this week, a reasonable way for the two sides to compromise on the trafficking bill, but both sides need to be reasonable. Sadly, that was not the case for Senate Democrats this week.
Read more analysis on this story from the great Jazz Shaw of Hot Air.