I’m reading Karl Rove’s book, “Courage and Consequence.” I just got to the part where, after holding hands and singing “God Bless America” on the Capitol steps, the Democrats shed any desire to work with the Bush administration and began playing hard ball politics.
Rove told a story about when Bush met with then House Democratic leader Dick Gephardt to discuss getting the economy back on track following 9/11. As part of a larger plan, Bush wanted to cut the corporate tax rate 20 percent. Gephardt said that was a “nonstater with his caucus,” and advised sending out rebate checks to low- and moderate-income homes.
Bush chose, in the name of bipartisanship, to get rid of the tax cut and put the rebates in its place. When his plan was briefed on the plan, they asked Gephardt his opinion. He and the rest of the Democrats rejected the plan, saying “much, much more” needed to be done like offering health and unemployment benefits to part time and seasonal workers.
Then they started complaining about a lack of bipartisanship.
And you probably remember the line of Democrats calling for Saddam Hussein to be removed from power because of his stockpile of weapons of mass destruction, voted to give Bush the power to invade Iraq, only to later say Bush rushed them to war and lied about WMDs.
With that history, this should come as no surprise:
Democrats are already grumbling about Donald Trump’s proposed border wall, though Barack Obama and other leaders in their party voted not so long ago for George W. Bush’s proposal to build a major wall on the border with Mexico.
Bush signed the proposal into law in 2006, after it was passed by huge bipartisan majorities in the House and Senate.
Then-Sens. Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Hillary Clinton were among the 26 Democrats who approved the bill. Supporters also included Sen. Chuck Schumer, who is set to take over leadership of the Senate for Democrats in 2016.
Now, despite voting to fund and build a wall 10 years ago, Democrats, specifically new Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer, are grumbling and saying it’s racist, or something.
Regardless of what you think of the wall, you’ve got to hate this two-faced politicking by the professional left.