Sour Grapes: Nancy Pelosi And Harry Reid Skip Obama’s Signing Of Bush Tax Cuts Deal

WASHINGTON - APRIL 14: (L-R) House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) talk to reporters outside the West Wing after a bipartisan meeting with President Barack Obama and Congressional Republican leaders at the White House April 14, 2010 in Washington, DC. The leaders discussed a report about the affects of the stimulus, jobs and the financial reform package now before Congress. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Bitter:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will skip President Obama’s bill-signing ceremony for the tax-cut compromise at the White House on Friday.

Spokespeople for both offices said the Democratic leaders would be taking care of business on the floor of the Senate and the House and wouldn’t be able to make it.

“Senator Reid cannot make every bill signing and right now he is focused on taking care of everything we need to get done before the end of the session,” said Regan Lachapelle, a spokesman for Reid.

Meanwhile, I’m told that North Dakota’s Senator Kent Conrad, who for years railed against the Bush tax as creating deficits, will be standing immediately behind the President as he signs the bill.

Update: Senator Conrad wasn’t behind Obama, but he was in the front row.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

    You know this is a pretty amazing thing. For years Obama and the Democrats demagogued these tax cuts and then bang many of them supported them.

    I feel I’m in an alternative alternative reality.

  • http://nofreelunch.areavoices.com/ Kevin Flanagan

    Old lady Pelosi and old man Reid have no class!

    • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

      Never have, never will.

    • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

      It’s very classy to refer to the elderly as “old man” and “old lady”.

      • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

        Hannit strikes like a rattler! Great score! Uff da!

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    They have chosen not to attach their wagons to this horseless carriage, that’s aimed for the ditch.

    • suitepotato

      Let us not forget that your side desperately wanted the unemployment extensions and other social spending, as well as tax breaks for everyone except a group that they have never offered any water-holding moral or ethical justification for the singling out of, those with more money. In other words, your side is as single-mindedly fixated on getting everything you want and denying and spiting the other side as Republicans are.

      • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

        “In other words, your side is as single-mindedly fixated on getting everything you want and denying and spiting the other side as Republicans are.”

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        I rather think the unemployment extensions are required not to let the economy deteriorate further into a bad situation. Personally, I rather see taxes increased on everyone, but if the tax breaks on the wealthy are what the Republicans say is needed to spur job growth, it had better happen.

        Sadly, we know that job growth wont occur, and Rob and co. will just say it’s Obama’s fault for not making them permanent. So they lied when they said they were needed to spur job growth.

        I personally would have paid more taxes and I was fine with it, so at least I stand on firm ground and principle. I can’t speak for other Dems who were not going to be taxed more, with the tax increase.

        • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

          Geez! I would have paid more taxes too. Dang! That’s just what frosts me. Here I was, checkbook ready. Oh well.

        • JustRuss

          Sadly, we know that job growth wont occur, and Rob and co. will just say it’s Obama’s fault for not making them permanent. So

          No, more likely jobs will pick up over the next year, and then anticipation of them going away again will lead to leveling off or drop off, which you and others will point to as proof that you were right all along.

        • Greg In Oklahoma

          If you want to pay more taxes have at it! There is no penalty for overpaying, so what’s stopping you? Put your money where your principles are!

    • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

      I dunno, seems to me that a horse’s a$$ is in there somewhere.

  • http://reaganiterepublicanresistance.blogspot.com ReaganiteRepublican

    Dear Leader’s going to round up those Trotskyites, don’t you worry lol

  • suitepotato

    I note that the Republicans were equally one-sided with this whole affair, thundering against extending unemployment, and looking on the poor and middle class as a bunch of slackers, leeches, and thieves while bending over for the wealthy. Republicans, if they had their way, would have had a simple bill that eliminated all taxes on the rich and that was that. The Democrats, would have spent three times more, making sure that the lion’s share went to the system and not the poor or unemployed, and raised taxes on everyone. This is called compromise and Republicans did not want to compromise any more than the Democrats. Both sides were as usual without a conscience or the slightest tinge of embarrassment or guilt, being very selfish and self-centered. Well, suck it up pseudo-conservatives, because you’re now brazenly guilty of the same attitude you castigated Obama and the Democrats for after their electoral results in 2008. NEITHER of you get to run for long with the attitude that you won and the other side can just genuflect to you. Grow up already.

    • tony_o2

      Republicans, if they had their way, would have had a simple bill that eliminated all taxes on the rich and that was that.

      What gives you this idea?

      • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

        I dunno, sounds like an original idea to me—the kind a doofus has.

    • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

      I see that you are morally omniscient. Working your way up to apply for the God-job?

  • Slater

    Pelosi may be a biatch, but then again, so is Reid.

  • http://sayanythingblog.com Mountainmouth

    Sour grapes? Damn FDA – I was hoping for food poisoning.

  • Bang00mo

    Pelousy and Dingy Harry are punks!
    After Pelousy did her little skunk walk up the Capital steps after the healthcare cram down, you’d think she’d show a little humility in defeat. After all, this is actually the will of the people instead of what the left wing loons want to impose on the rest of us.

    • borborygmi

      Humility…. you mean as much as the Conservatives did after getting p!ss pounded in ’08

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