Frustrated that Democrats no longer hold complete control of government, and that Republicans are using their new power to attempt to slam the brakes as the country careens down the path to fiscal ruin, Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein take to the Washington Post to childishly whine “But he started it!”:
Rep. Allen West, a Florida Republican, was recently captured on video asserting that there are “78 to 81” Democrats in Congress who are members of the Communist Party. Of course, it’s not unusual for some renegade lawmaker from either side of the aisle to say something outrageous. What made West’s comment — right out of the McCarthyite playbook of the 1950s — so striking was the almost complete lack of condemnation from Republican congressional leaders or other major party figures, including the remaining presidential candidates.
Nevermind that West wasn’t making any real accusations, but offering a joking guesstimate at the number of Democrats in the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Let’s hear a recent statement from Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters: Continue reading