VIDEO: Robert Fibbs, David Axelturf compare longtime Senator John McCain to a child

Posted by: ST on March 24, 2010 at 10:12 pm

ABC’s Jonathan Blakely reports:

When asked about the prospect of Sen. John McCain, R-Az, refusing to cooperate on future legislation because of his disapproval with health care reform recently being signed into law, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs stopped just short of comparing McCain – one of the oldest members in the U.S. Senate – to a child.

“The notion that you don’t get what you want, [so] you’re not going to cooperate on anything else is not a whole lot different than I might hear from a 6-year-old,” he said during a White House press briefing today. “It doesn’t work well for my six-year-old…I doubt it works well in the United States Senate.”

Here’s the video and transcript, via Mediaite:

Robert Gibbs: In terms of bipartisanship I would say that, as Karen mentioned this earlier, Senator Corker said there are Republicans that will support financial. reform

Helen Thomas: McCain says he’s going to oppose everything.

Gibbs: I find it curious that not getting your way on one thing means you’ve decided to take your toys and go home. I dont think — doesnt work well for my 6 year-old, I doubt it works well for the US Senate because we have issues that are important for his constituents and all for America. Look, again when it comes to financial reform people are going to have an opportunity to weigh in on behalf of the banks or on behalf of the consumers and I’ll let their vote on that dictate which side of that ledger they feel most comfortable on,

Chip Reid: Are you comparing John McCain to a six year-old?

Gibbs: I’m saying that I think the notion that if you don’t get what you want you’re not going to cooperate on anything else is not a whole lot different than I might you hear from a six year-old.

Jake Tapper: I think the argument is not that its the reconciliation process, its that the republicans have said, Lindsey Graham included as well, they’re saying that spoils the bipartisan atmosphere. It’s not, ‘not getting what you want.’

Gibbs: When reconciliation happened in 2001 with the Bush tax cuts I didn’t get the sense that it spoiled the ability for Congress to continue working together. I don’t see why that would happen now, unless people decided they were going to take their toys and go home.

Um, if I recall correctly, on the issue of financial reform, wasn’t it the Democrats who were “taking their toys and going home” in spite of the Bush administration’s effort to implement some type of substantial reform in order to prevent financial meltdowns like the one that happened in 2008? Why yes, I believe they did. Did they pay the political price for it? Hell no they didn’t.

Continuing on from the Blakely piece:

On Monday, McCain appeared on a local Arizona radio station, where he boldly stated that “there will be no cooperation for the rest of the year,” from Republicans as a result of how Democrats “poisoned the well,” by passing reform with no support from the other side of the aisle and using reconciliation rules – requiring only 51 votes, instead of the traditional 60 – to pass the “fixes” to the Senate bill.

This prompted White House senior adviser David Axelrod to also compare him to a child, in an interview with ABC News’ Jake Tapper, by joking that McCain’s stubbornness is “okay on the sandlot but [not] when you’re trying to govern a country.”

Oh, you mean like the “stubbornness” of an American President who made it clear he was hell-bent on passing some version of healthcare “reform” regardless of whether or not any Republicans in the House or Senate – including moderates – supported it, this in spite of his repeated pledges to “work in a bipartisan effort” on issues like tort reform, which never happened?

You know, you’d think people like Axelturf and Fibbs would know the difference between principled stands and outright petulance, considering Fibbs’ juvenile mocking of Sarah Palin during an official WH presser in which the President himself called for “bipartisanship” and an end to the “game-playing,” and considering President Obama’s Chief of Staff once sent a dead fish to a pollster, and on another occasion stabbed pictures of political enemies – Democrat and Republican alike – shortly after Bubba was elected President:

The best Rahm Emanuel story is not the one about the decomposing two-and-a-half-foot fish he sent to a pollster who displeased him. It is not about the time – the many times – that he hung up on political contributors in a Chicago mayor’s race, saying he was embarrassed to accept their $5,000 checks because they were $25,000 kind of guys. No, the definitive Rahm Emanuel story takes place in Little Rock, Ark., in the heady days after Bill Clinton was first elected President.

It was there that Emanuel, then Clinton’s chief fund-raiser, repaired with George Stephanopoulos, Mandy Grunwald and other aides to Doe’s, the campaign hangout. Revenge was heavy in the air as the group discussed the enemies – Democrats, Republicans, members of the press – who wronged them during the 1992 campaign. Clifford Jackson, the ex-friend of the President and peddler of the Clinton draft-dodging stories, was high on the list. So was William Donald Schaefer, then the Governor of Maryland and a Democrat who endorsed George Bush. Nathan Landow, the fund-raiser who backed the candidacy of Paul Tsongas, made it, too.

Suddenly Emanuel grabbed his steak knife and, as those who were there remember it, shouted out the name of another enemy, lifted the knife, then brought it down with full force into the table.

”Dead!” he screamed.

The group immediately joined in the cathartic release: ”Nat Landow! Dead! Cliff Jackson! Dead! Bill Schaefer! Dead!”

“Sandbox”? “Toys”? “Six-year-old”? These clowns have cornered the market on immaturity (not to mention arrogance) in government. And yet they have have the nerve to insult a veteran member of Congress who has worked more with the other side of the aisle (to the eternal irritation of many on the right) in the last 30 years than Rahmbo ever did while serving in the House, and most certainly more than Barack Obama ever did during his time as a state Senator and Illinois and during his brief stint as a junior US Senator?

Slugs. How dare they?

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8 Responses to “VIDEO: Robert Fibbs, David Axelturf compare longtime Senator John McCain to a child”


  1. NC Cop says:

    Watching this administration crash and burn is going to be glorious.

    As soon as the Republicans take back the house, let the investigations begin! Imagine the threats and bribes that will be uncovered!

    Sorry, but taking the “high road” hasn’t gotten the Republicans anything. It has, in fact, led to the dems controlling this country and driving it straight into the ground. So I say, “Fight fire with fire”. Pull the same low, dirty tricks that have gotten the dems entrenched in Washington.

  2. SpideyTerry says:

    Watching this administration crash and burn is going to be glorious.

    Is going to be? I thought it was already happening. You mean it gets better than this? :d

  3. ZippyTheWerewolf says:

    I pray the Republicans take over and not soon enough for me.

    Robert Gibbs, another pseudointellectual pompous a$$ who is as childish as they come. Isn’t he supposed to answer questions without sarcastic opinions on his part? This just helps to enlighten the people further about the whole posse of idiots in charge of this country. They take themselves to seriously while dissing the opposition in such a way as to be antagonistic and childish.

  4. Kate says:

    No, don’t expect them to change. These people are dangerous. Now they are “afraid” that harm will be done to those who supported health care deform. There are a few scattered incidents of broken windows and some one cut a gas line to a home…..I wonder how they knew about it so fast? I would say Obama will exaggerate this into a crisis too and form his national police as he promised during his campaign to control the ‘angry mobs’ of protesters and follow up any angry e-mail that they decide is threatening.

    Bart Stupak is scared? I think he was getting death threats from NOW and other women for reproduction rights before he caved. Some leftists student groups protested because he wasn’t doing enough to get us out of wars…will they get the same treatment? I think not.

  5. Jo says:

    I am flabbergasted that there are still a large group of stupid lemmings out there who think that Obama and Company are exactly what this country needs but then I remind myself that they are the ones who are sitting on their collective butts taking the handouts the rest of us are forced to surrender in punitive taxes and fines (which will be quadrupled by the time they are done including the so-called health care ‘reform’, cap and tax, amnesty, etc.). God help us all. I despise Rahm, Obama, Gibbs, and the whole quagmire of stink they have brought to the oval office and the nation.

  6. Andy says:

    Some of the GOP’s health care proposals seem to be OK (LINK). So, where where they when they had power in Congress in 1994-2006 and the White House in 2001-2008? All this screaming and yelling could have been avoided if Republicans had acted. They had their chance to fix this, but chose to squander their precious opportunity. Given that failure, it is hard to get upset at what the Democrats have done. Who knows, with any luck their plan will work out just fine. I do not wish failure on any political party, because when political parties fail, Americans take the hit. At least the Democrats tried to do something other than just maintain a lousy status quo for a couple of decades. Republican proposals are too little, too late. Why didn’t Republicans act responsibly when they had their chance? Why?:x

  7. Enrique Sanchez says:

    I think John McCain (R) AZ is on the right track… did anyone see his interview with Hannity… great stuff. This administration is going to do whatever they want regardless of what WE THE PEOPLE want. So we do have to fight back, and I think this climate suits a hard nosed, savvy, risk taker like John McCain, who ironically has already grabbed the lead on defeating this catastrophic bill.

  8. Ryan says:

    With any luck their plan will work out fine? I’m sorry, but no plan is better than this plan. In a time when unemployment is through the roof, hey, why not tax “the wealthy.” Companies just saw their future capital just drop by quite a bit. Think they are going to expand? Think they are going to hire people?

    So yeah, I don’t find it hard at all to get upset at what the Dems have done.