Urbin Report

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

The whining begins

The democrats are proving that they don't have what it takes to be a viable minority party.
They had control of the Congress for thirty years and having lost control (Thanks Bill Clinton!), they have turned into a bunch of whiny crybabies.
A prime example would be former Massachusetts congressman Joe Kennedy, who quit once he found out that being in the minority wasn't as much fun (smaller office, less staff, no committee chairmanships, fewer junkets on the taxpayer dime).
There is a major whinefest in today's Boston Globe.
Here are some highlights:
Massachusetts democrats state their agenda up front:

[Massachusett's] 10 House members have to content themselves with modest pork-barrel spending for their districts and devising a strategy to oppose the GOP agenda.

Representative Edward J. Markey of Malden, the dean of the House delegation: "Bush's Texas-view of America is a complete anathema to Massachusetts, so Massachusetts voters will expect our delegation to stop or blunt the bulk of the Bush administration's attempt to roll back the last 50 years of progressive politics."

Translation from lib-speak to English, "We want to keep raising taxes and spending it on things that will buy us votes."

It seems that our junior Senator is actually planning on showing up to work, for a change...
While Kerry and his staff emphasize that he is recommitted to Massachusetts after spending much of the past two years traveling the country in pursuit of the presidency, Kennedy is expected to continue to lead the state's efforts to secure funding for local projects. Kerry, leaving open the option of running again for president in 2008, has established a committee that could serve as a precursor to a second campaign.

Then again, maybe not...He's not up for re-election until 2008 and he's already making noise about taking another two years of paid time off...