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March 30, 2009
By: dday

PARTY OF NO NUMBERS... The GOP's "budget" was roundly mocked throughout Democratic circles and even in the suddenly-caring-about-policy traditional media for not having any numbers, the way that, you know, a budget does. Yesterday, John McCain sought to calm the waters by claiming that the Senate GOP would put together, in fact, an actual budget with hard numbers instead of just a pamphlet with a bunch of circles and positive affirmations.

DAVID GREGORY: Do you think that Republicans should provide a detailed budget alternative?

McCAIN: Yes.

GREGORY: With numbers?

McCAIN: Yes.

GREGORY: Will that happen in the Senate?

McCAIN: We're working on it, working very hard on it.

Rick Klein reports that Sen. McCain is mistaken.

According to a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the Senate GOP's plan remains the same: Republicans are planning to offer individual amendments to the Democratic budget but not a detailed, comprehensive budget of their own.

Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, has pointed out that if the GOP amendments are accepted en masse (which will not happen), the amended budget would be the Republican alternative. Senate GOP leaders have also pointed out that Senate Democrats didn’t offer a detailed alternative budget in 2005 and 2006, when Republicans last controlled the Senate.

In any event, a full budget alternative may be what McCain wants, but it's not going to be what happens.

This comes after GOP leaders immediately blasted their own superiors in the House after the negative reaction to the non-budget, and after Rep. Paul Ryan conceded that, with actual numbers, the non-budget would in all likelihood increase the deficit.

These guys really have no idea what they're talking about, do they?

dday 6:30 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (7)

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They have no clue, but the media will not talk about that. They will only speculate about Obamas plans and play concern troll to agitate their geriatric viewers.

Why didn't Gregory ask McCain if he thought the pretend budget destroyed all (if any is left)of the Republicans credibility.


Why grown men with the stature of being an American congressman try a Jr high school trick like that on the American public?

Posted by: Ned Pepper on March 30, 2009 at 6:50 PM | PERMALINK

McConnell said long ago that the GOP Senators would not be offering a budget. Gregory should (and probably did) know that. So did McCain. Let's be honest, if they were working on a budget, McCain would know it. They are both intentionally misinforming the public.

Posted by: Danp on March 30, 2009 at 6:58 PM | PERMALINK

Gregory is just a republican who cannot do a bipartisan show, I stopped watching him when I realized the way he poses his questions to the repubs about dems encourages them to be negative.

Posted by: JS on March 30, 2009 at 7:10 PM | PERMALINK

First, great job today, dday! You're almost as prolific as Steve.

Secondly, "working very hard" and republican politicians in the same sentence is laughable. The only time they work hard, is greasing the wheels of big business.

Posted by: palinoscopy on March 30, 2009 at 7:10 PM | PERMALINK

"These guys really have no idea what they're talking about, do they?"

Have they ever? That's what gets them elected.

Posted by: c u n d gulag on March 30, 2009 at 7:18 PM | PERMALINK

One thing I learned from last year's campaign is that McCain will say whatever answer he thinks makes him sound the most manly. "Will we have a budget? Of course we will! With numbers!"

For the first time in my life, I agree with McConnell. It doesn't make any sense for the Republicans to come out with a budget, since they only have 41 members and don't control the White House. It would be a total waste of time. I don't know why Bohner and the boys couldn't figure this out.

Posted by: Mark S. on March 30, 2009 at 11:37 PM | PERMALINK

This is so Republican. First, IMO, they don't have a effing clue how to actually, you know, govern. This faux budget hub-bub is just a weak-ass political ploy. They'll throw out some ammendment proposals to Obama's budget, get their asses handed to them, then go to media and decry Obabma's lack of bi-partisanship efforts. Mitch "The Bitch" McConnell will be disappointed again.

Posted by: Ken on March 31, 2009 at 8:09 AM | PERMALINK



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