Let's see how much the Republican Party has evolved today. If you're a regular reader, you know I've been keeping track. After all, they've promised America that they're undergoing a major makeover, reinventing themselves, reaching out to all Americans, and showing the country what a swell party they really, truly are.
But rather than altering their extremist positions, rather than compromising, rather than meeting the president and the Democrats half way, they're resorting to their usual obstructionist tactics. Again.
The GOP's only real goal is to destroy President Obama and his legacy, despite how their negativity and attacks affect their fellow Americans. What matters to them is more power and profit. That's why they're so relentless in pushing their loony conspiracy theories, that's why they're on that insane Benghazi Witch Hunt (with the added bonus of trying to smack down Hillary Clinton and her possible 2016 presidential run), and that's why they have done all of this:
But back to the legislation and nominees at hand. Via David Hawkings at Roll Call:
Speaker John A. Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced they would simply ignore a provision in the health care law calling on each leader to pick someone for a new panel with the power to dictate Medicare spending reductions without fear of congressional reversal.
The two said in a letter to Obama that such a bureaucratic maneuver was the best way they knew to protest the new Independent Payment Advisory Board, in light of their inability to kill it by repealing Obamacare completely.
At the same time, all eight Republicans boycotted this morning’s meeting of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which under a wrinkle in the rules prevented the panel from advancing Gina McCarthy’s nomination to run the EPA.
The protest came less than 18 hours after the Republicans on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions panel leveraged another obscure procedural obstacle to stop Thomas E. Perez’s nomination for Labor secretary from getting to the Senate floor.
See how evolved they are?
By the way Harry Reid, how's that that “gentleman’s agreement” with Mitch McConnell workin' for ya?