Friday, April 20, 2012
What you’re looking at is a view of today’s Senate Budget Committee meeting, at which Chairman Kent Conrad conducted a faux “markup” of his party’s FY 2013 budget resolution. The near side of the table is where Democrats were supposed to sit. Granted, this entire exercise was somewhat academic because its resulting product would receive neither a vote in this committee, nor in the Senate at large. Details! Throughout much of the session, all 11 Republican members were present to, you know, do their jobs. Of the 12 committee Democrats, no more than 3 or 4 were in attendance at any given time, according to sources inside the meeting. “[The Democrats] showed absolutely no interest in discussing our big picture problems or offering solutions,” a GOP budget aide tells Townhall. “Those who were there showed up only to make a brief statement for the record, then took off. The photo speaks for itself.” That it does. In fact, in this particular photo, every single Democrat seat is vacant, except for that of Chairman Conrad. What to make of this? On one hand, why bother participating in a total farce? On the other, these Dems could have at least feigned interest in a requirement of their own public service. Senate Democrats have effectively renounced all pretense of responsible governance. They have done so in an attempt to avoid losing their precious majority — the very purpose of which, I thought, was to govern. We face a debt crisis that threatens to obliterate the America we know and love, yet an entire American political team has willfully and deliberately decided to eschew productive solutions in favor of sitting on the sidelines and shouting insults at their opponents.