Petulant: adj. characterized by capricious ill humor, peevish
Posturing: adj. assuming an artificial or pretended attitude
Party: n. a group of persons organized for the purpose of directing the policies of a government
The current Republican party is behaving like a bunch of spoiled 4-year-old brats whose mama has said “No more cookies!”
When they were in control of the government, they thought nothing of shutting out anyone who disagreed with them. They had ZERO interest in bi-partisanship.
Now that they’re in the minority, despite Obama’s efforts to include them in the debate, they scream bloody murder unless he agrees to follow their agenda. No compromise considered.
They have become the Party of NO! If it’s Democratic Party sponsored legislation they’ll shit on it.
It used to be that to pass legislation in the Senate, a majority of Senators (51) had to vote yes. That’s the democratic process – majority rules. But under Republican obstructionism, nothing passes without 60 votes.
Their game is to threaten a filibuster, which continues debate indefinitely unless a cloture vote passes (requiring 60 ayes) to force a vote on the issue at hand. They wouldn’t give a rip if the entire Congress ground to a halt. Or the country for that matter. Posture and partisanship above the people’s needs.
Right now, Democrats have 58 votes. When the smarmy Minnesotan soon-to-be ex-Senator Norm Coleman finally gives up his bogus court fight over what he claims are wrongly marked ballots, Al Franken will be our 59th.
It’s especially galling when they postured loudly against the stimulus and budget bills because they’re full of earmarks (pork). No matter that earmarks were a Republican specialty when they were in power – now they have the gall to pronounce the packages “porkulus”. Then they go home to their districts and brag to their constituents about how they brought them money for their local projects.
Some Republicans even voted against pi last week. The House periodically passes non-binding resolutions that are mainly symbolic and as such usually pass unanimously.
The ten nay-sayers refused to declare March 14 to be Pi day, to honor perhaps the most famous constant in mathematics. (Pi has been understood since ancient times, and is defined as the circumference of an arbitrary circle divided by its diameter.) It was first celebrated by a bunch of scientists from San Francisco 21 years ago.