Add this to the list of symptoms of post-partisanship depression. Do you remember Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH), who was originally nominated by Obama as Secretary of Commerce because he was viewed as a moderate? Well, ‘moderate’ Gregg (did I mention that he almost joined the Obama Administration were it not for opposition from we Dirty Fucking Hippies?) has this to say about recent legislation:
American government changed last night. “We are now functioning under a parliamentary form of government,” says Sen. Judd Gregg (R., N.H.) in a conversation with NRO. “An ideological supermajority in Congress, along with a government run by community organizers, has taken over.”
“They’ve taken over the student-loan program, they’ve taken over the automobile system, and now they’re taking over the health-care system. There is no limit to their belief that people should be controlled by smart bureaucrats in Washington,” says Gregg. “They’re putting our country on a path that will reduce the quality of life for the next generation, undermine our nation’s wonderful exceptionalism, and Europeanize our economy to curb its growth.”
First, I would be thrilled if Gregg were right about the takeover of an ideological supermajority (and, for argument’s sake, if an ideology is adhered to by a supermajority, then shouldn’t this supermajority, in a democratic system, barring violations of the Bill of Rights, be able to enact the policies they desire?).
Second, the auto bailout? That started under Bush.
Third, the student loan changes will save about $9 billion every year.
Gregg is a solid, card-carrying member of the Uruk-Hai wing of the Republican Party (which is its dominant wing). He is delusional (see his comment about Bush’s auto bailout). Unlike former Republican congressman and current Transportation Secretary LaHood, who actually holds Democratic views on transportation, Gregg opposes the signature items of this administration*.
And the fucking rocket scientists in the Obama Adminstration wanted him in the Cabinet (and technically, in the presidential line of succession). Stupid Unpragmatic Dirty Fucking Hippies.
*For all I know, LaHood might too, but he has the sense to keep his mouth shut.