When the Republican Party rolled out its Pledge For America, a 2010 version of its Contract On . . . er, With America, this week it came as no surprise that it was chockablock with platitudes and short on the kind of specifics that might roil its base. As Paul Krugman put it: "Never mind the war on terror, the party’s main concern seems to be the war on arithmetic."
But lest anyone think that the GOP has a monopoly on not making sense, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and other Democrats, who the last time I checked were members of the majority party, threw a Pity Party by announcing that the most important piece of pending legislation -- desperately needed tax cuts for what is left of the middle class -- would not be acted on until after the mid-term elections in November. Which also means that the generous tax breaks for the filthy rich of which the GOP is so enamored also will not be addressed.
As if on cue, and during the very week that the major provisions of the Obama health-care reform law kicked into gear, the Dems blamed the folks across the aisle for holding the tax cuts "hostage."
After all, these are the selfsame folks who tried to hold health-care reform hostage and, according to their Pledge For America, want to repeal the law.
As Mistermix notes: "You can’t be a victim . . . if you’re in charge, unless you’re weak."
To which I add: And cowardly. And yet another reason for Democrats to stay home on Election Day.