Republicans Rush to Prove They Are Idiots After Democrats Promise to Screw Them
By Bonchie | Jul 18, 2021 7:30 PM ET
My patience with Republicans in the Senate has run out, and I’m guessing I’m not the only one.
To set this up, recall that GOP members, including Senators Mitt Romney, Rob Portman, and Lisa Murkowski, have been rushing to get a “deal” done on an infrastructure bill. Those negotiations were blown up by Joe Biden multiple times, including the president admitting that he was not going to sign the supposed compromise unless he got everything else he wanted via budget reconciliation. As I noted at the time, that’s like giving someone your car with the promise they won’t take your house — only for them to insist they are going to take your house regardless.
In that scenario, you break off negotiations and tell the other side to go pound sand. After all, if they are going to screw you anyway, why give them the cover of a bipartisan bill to hide behind? At least make the Democrats own their inflation-causing boondoggle. Republicans didn’t do that, though. Instead, Mitt Romney and others said they trusted Biden, continuing negotiations.
As if to rub salt in the wound, Democrats then officially announced a $3.5 trillion reconciliation package last week. At that point, it became more than clear that they were bad-faith actors and any infrastructure deal would be pointless. Surely, Republicans would wake up and finally walk away, right?