I've noted this before on this blog, during an "Open Friday / Weekend Forum" post.
Vice President Joe Biden has been noticeably absent during the current government shutdown / debt ceiling impasse.
Now, Politico reports one of the reasons: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has intentionally kept the Veep away, fearing Joe Biden might give away the store.
Delicious irony here: Some of Biden's Republican detractors here in Delaware have seen him as hopelessly partisan. Yet, here is a stark example of the opposite: Biden's fellow Dems, particularly Harry Reid, regard the Veep as far too willing to compromise with the opposite side.
This rigidity may explain how this government shutdown - and then a possible failure to raise the debt ceiling - may play like "Groundhog Day". It also may be further evidence that we're seeing the end of an era on Capitol Hill. Old-fashioned conciliators not wanted.
That is very pertinent and very aptly put: Old-fashioned conciliators not wanted.
It seems that the divisiveness has just worn people out. Instead of the hard work of negotiating, they just want a fight, get it over with, have one winner, and go forward.
I am finally seeing the light of why Europe went into the First World War, even though it was absolutely ridiculous to do so, and when seen from the consequences that were not resolved until after 1945.... the cost far, far outweighed the relative minor issues at hand.
We are there now, just a little earlier in a new century. Theirs was 1914. Ours is 2013... but we feel the same thing. Adversaries have been nipping at each other for too long, solving crises after crises, using brinkmanship after brinkmanship, only to do it all over again a few months later.
We are all, just tired of it. Kill the opponents and let's get moving forward. I should say, that anyone who reads blogs including this one, is certainly knowledgeable of how over the past 3 years, the sentiments of getting along are now no longer deemed to be appropriate...
First Mike Castle, then Carper and Carney and now Coons, are all lampooned for their willingness to put aside partisan differences and just be a regular nice guy... At one point in our lifetimes... that used to be honorable..
Mike from Delaware
Tue, Oct 8, 2013 2:09pm
Kavips: Good point.
Tue, Oct 8, 2013 8:14pm
You guys might enjoy a Fresh Air interview with MSNBC's Chris Matthews (and former member of Tip O'Neil's staff) about a time when politicians acted like grown-ups.
Chris Matthews Looks Back On A Time 'When Politics Worked'
October 1, 2013 In his new book Tip and the Gipper, MSNBC's Hardball host Chris Matthews reflects on his time as a top aide to Democratic House Speaker Tip O'Neill during Ronald Reagan's presidency. He compares O'Neill and Reagan's unlikely friendship to today's approach of "government by tantrum."
The absence of Biden's big mouth has been quite refreshing for me. As far as government by tantrum is concerned, I think it's time someone threw one. Thank God for the tantrum throwers who are willing to put themselves on the line for we the people. Perhaps we'll defeat communism after all.
Wed, Oct 9, 2013 9:27am
It's like fumigating a house to get rid of the hoards of roaches. If all the Conservatives are eradicated for good, then then global collapse was worth the price....
Just give us no more conservatives... they've been ruining every American's lives since the inauguration in January of 2001.....
Wed, Oct 9, 2013 7:35pm
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