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Posted on January 21, 2013

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ROY BLUNT, POLITICAL ATTACK DOG

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri is another political attack dog barking at Barack Obama and says the president needs to get off his high horse and start cooperating with Blunt and his fellow Republicans.

Blunt is a joke when he said, in a Kansas City news conference: “How do you get anything done if you immediately start telling the other side that has to work with you, ‘I’m not going to work with you on this,’ Now what kind of start is that to a new administration?”

Gosh, isn’t that the game the Republicans have been playing no matter what the Democratic president wanted? Their anti-Obama campaign started the day Obama was elected president.

The Republicans conjured up ways to submarine his presidency at a private dinner in Washington. Of course, Republican members of Congress dictated their thoughts that they were going to make Obama a one term president by opposing everything he wanted to do. (Guess what, the GOP failed, but they still whine and don’t get it.)

However, have we heard another president kick off his second term by saying he was going to do things his way?

Let’s hear what President George W. Bush had to say after winning re-election in 2004: “Let me put it to you this way: I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it. It is my style. That’s what happened in the —after the 2000 election, I earned some capital. I’ve earned in this election—and I’m going to send it for what I told the people I’d spend it on, which is—you’ve heard the agenda: Social Security and tax reform, moving this economy forward, education, fighting and winning the war on terror.”

In other words, presidents who have won re-election have earned the right to talk big.

And when Obama has won re-election, Blunt and his fellow Republicans have tried to destroy his policies and hold America’s economy hostage to their way of thinking. Well, I can understand the president telling opponents he’s not really interested right now in extending an olive branch to them. The president did this his first term, even playing golf with the Speaker of the House. It did not work.

One more thing: Blunt’s comments were supposed to be important on the Obama administration because he was thought to be not one of those kooky, ultra-conservative Republicans who always vote “no” against the president’s wishes.

Except Blunt’s voting record shows he pretty much does that. He voted against Obama’s stimulus package, Obama’s health care reform, and other Obama ideas.  On the record Blunt is an ultra-conservative Republican.

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