I Have a Gang Sign For Evan Bayh and His Gang of 15

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I am going to try to control myself here, because I’m sure some of Ed’s readers, and maybe other outsiders, will check this out, and I don’t want to frighten them with a bunch of cursing and graphic metaphors.  Like, even Rahm Emanuel would tell me to “cool it.” (h/t Ed Morrissey, although I’m not that stoked about the rise in my blood pressure here)

Grrr!  I can’t take it!  Meet me below the fold if you dare!

See, this is why I never had Bayh on my VP shortlist, because the guy has “Bickdag” written all over him. (See what I did there?  I’m trying!)

Here’s some more from Ed and Politico, before I go all medieval:

Republicans aren’t the only people growing disenchanted by Hope and Change through Incompetence, it seems.  Evan Bayh, who got passed over as Obama’s running mate, has formed a new Gang of 15 in the Senate, only this gang is exclusively Democrats.  They want to put some speed limits on Obama’s agenda:

There is rising doubt among Democrats — particularly moderates already concerned about the big costs and deficits called for in Obama’s budget — that either Obama or Washington have enough bandwidth this year to stimulate the economy, overhaul the failed financial sector and move on to a far-reaching domestic agenda.

“From the standpoint of the Congress, there’s only so much that we can absorb and do at one time,” Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), the chairman of the Appropriations Committee, told POLITICO Tuesday. “To maintain a schedule like the one we’ve got at this moment, throughout the year, I don’t know if it will be healthy.”

Democrats’ comments were muted, with few directly criticizing Obama for being too ambitious. But several lawmakers made clear that they have trouble with Obama’s logic that deep economic troubles make it more urgent, not less, to take on expensive projects such as health care and education reform.

“Everybody has to bring something to the table,” said Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh, a leader of a 15-member caucus of conservative and centrist Democrats. “That doesn’t mean that you have to postpone your aspirations forever. But until we’re through this crisis and growth has resumed, there’s going to be some belt-tightening that’s necessary.”

These doubts reflect conflicting currents in Obama’s political circumstances just 60 days into his administration.

OK, laugh it up, Morrissey:

This will make it much more difficult for Obama to sell himself as a moderate, both in the midterms and in 2012. When one’s own party has to have its moderates differentiate themselves from White House policy, it makes the President look extremist and intemperate.

Fuji Film, I’m pissed off about this!  Fun, FUN, FUN!  Shitake Mushrooms!  What the fuscia is wrong with these fudging aspirants?  This is too hard.

All due respect to Ed, these ucking fidiots aren’t saying Obama’s too liberal, just too ambitious.  It’s that old Blue Dog “Can’t do!” spirit.  Here’s my quucking festion, Evan:  Fow the huck do you expect to fix the fu…(oops, doesn’t work there) economy without fixing health care?

This is the reason I voted for Obama, because he has a grasp on the inter-connectedness of our country’s problems.  What good is replacing the engine in your car if you’ve got no transmission and a missing axle?

I’m a little disappointed in Rahm Emanuel, if Bayh is to be believed.  I hope he cursed a blue streak and vowed 15 terrible things under his breath when he hung up that phone.

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15 Comments

  1. See, the nation needs help – but not too much help. That would just Communism! Socialism! Crossdressers!, if you know what I mean.

    It’s good to know there are still some squishy, whiny pukes left in D.C. I mean, who’s going to think of the rich people, after all?

  2. Is this THE Ripley? Welcome!

  3. I love that gang sign, Tommy!!!! Don’t give up on Rahm–I’m sure my favorite little mean man is thinking up just the perfect plan to deal with these gangbangers. I just hope he’s watching Godfather II when he thinks up a plan.

  4. Ha!

  5. I, too, appreciate Barack Obama’s sense of the interconnectedness of the nation’s problems.

    However, his solutions are connecting them more closely to himself and his party. YMMV.

  6. […] Evan Bayh predicts no GOP Senate votes for the budget.  Does that include The Gang? […]

  7. […] think we should fail our way out of this jam, and Democrats in Congress think the President should slow his roll, Americans want bold action. They voted for it in […]

  8. The Gang of 15 is not made of only conservative & centrist Dems. I received an email from Senator Klobuchar in response to asking her to sign the Pickens Pledge, and she writes: “Because of our extreme temperatures and the great distances we drive, Minnesotans suffer disproportionately from high energy prices. Minnesotans understand better than many other Americans the need for a bold, comprehensive energy strategy that will provide relief to consumers in the short term while building a broad-based foundation for our long-term energy security and independence. That is why I joined the Senate’s “Gang of 15,” a group of nine Democratic and six Republican Senators who are working on a bipartisan solution to our energy crisis. Our goal is to work toward a compromise that would help spur the creation of non-petroleum vehicular technology, support weatherization assistance programs, safe nuclear energy development, and authorize limited drilling leases to help us bridge the gap from old to new energy resources. Please know that I am continuing to fight for these bold energy solutions as well as an expansion of renewable technologies in the Fiscal Year 2010 budget.”

    The Gang of 15 is for check and balance folks!

  9. Missy, I have no problem with checks and balances, at all…

    however, is the Gang of 15 doing this, for that reason, or purely political reasons, because they fear backlash from the choices that are being made at this time?

    I feel, if it were truely for checks and balances, then they would have simply formed a subcommittee, solely to look over alternative solutions, by doing this, they have created yet another ripple…which I feel, draws unnecessary attention, for all the wrong reasons…

    If they would get to working on these issues, instead of grandstanding all the damn time, maybe we would actually get some proposals, that we can all feel a little better about..

  10. visions of my grandma’s banty roosters come to mind….

  11. […] made enormous cuts and concessions, refusing to support the President’s budget (along with the Gang of 15 assholes), presenting a joke budget of their own, wasting time in the House knocking freshmen’s books […]

  12. […] arugula salads with candied pistachios long enough to tell the President to quit loafing, or to slow his roll. Tommy on: Daily Dose I I TwitterOrder The Audacity of Democracy Starring Tommy […]

  13. […] think we should fail our way out of this jam, and Democrats in Congress think the President should slow his roll, Americans want bold action. They voted for it in […]

  14. […] the administration is taking heat over the AIG bonuses. Then, there’s the recently formed Gang of 15. Is this much Democratic opposition in service of the possibility that the Republicans will meet […]

  15. […] I love this ad, and would only suggest one improvement, the perfect background music:(and maybe a compulsory viewing by the Gang of 15) […]


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