Mock Their Sorry Asses
by Deacon Blues
"You hear some of them: ‘Sue him! Impeach him!’”. Really? For what, doing my job?"
--President Obama yesterday, in open "mock-their-asses" mode
Several weeks back in these parts, we suggested that the best way to deal with the House and Senate GOP was to openly mock and deride them. Despite my frustrations with the president over how he and his staff have mishandled various issues, I was glad to see him use humor and derision against the House GOP and John Boehner yesterday.
For months, Democratic polling has shown that when Obama says “Congress,” people hear “Republicans.” Thursday, he made that explicit, saying that while Democrats in Congress aren’t perfect, he believed Americans knew it was Republicans who weren’t on their side.
“The best thing you can say about” the House GOP, Obama said, is that, so far this year, “they haven’t shut down the government. … But it’s only July.”
The best thing about that remark is that Obama just preemptively kneecapped the GOP from doing just such a thing later this year.
And then he launched into an extended mocking of them for the lawsuit House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is threatening to bring against him for using executive action. He also offered stats that show George W. Bush signed many more executive orders and pulled in a quote from Mark Wahlberg’s character in Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed.”
“I’m the guy doing my job,” Obama said, getting the line almost right. “You must be the other guy.”
“Think about that,” he told the crowd. “You’re going to use taxpayer money to sue me for doing my job while you don’t do your job.”
Keep it up, Mr. President. And take it on the road into GOP districts.