Finally, the Democrats get the type of “how could you be so heartless!” treatment usually reserved for the GOP during government shutdowns. First, the video:
DANA BASH: You all talked about children with cancer unable to go to clinical trials. The House is presumably going to pass a bill that funds at least the NIH. Given what you’ve said, will you at least pass that? And if not, aren’t you playing the same political games that Republicans are?
HARRY REID: Listen, Sen. Durbin explained that very well, and he did it here, did it on the floor earlier, as did Sen. Schumer. What right did they have to pick and choose what part of government is going to be funded? It’s obvious what’s going on here. You talk about reckless and irresponsible. Wow. What this is all about is Obamacare. They are obsessed. I don’t know what other word I can use. They’re obsessed with this Obamacare. It’s working now and it will continue to work and people will love it more than they do now by far. So they have no right to pick and choose.
BASH: But if you can help one child who has cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?
REID: Why would we want to do that? I have 1,100 people at Nellis Air Force base that are sitting home. They have a few problems of their own. This is — to have someone of your intelligence to suggest such a thing maybe means you’re irresponsible and reckless –
BASH: I’m just asking a question.
My Twitter friend @RBPundit sums up the the left’s “strategy” so far on the shutdown – and how it’s turned around and bit them in the you-know-whats:
Dem Checklist: Try to Block WWII Vets from their Memorial CHECK Pick gov workers over kids with cancer. CHECK Spook the stock market CHECK
— RB (@RBPundit) October 2, 2013
My addition to all this:
— Stacey 'ST' Matthews (@sistertoldjah) October 2, 2013
And they won’t negotiate with the GOP even when it comes to funding for cancer treatment trials for kids. Yet it’s Republicans who supposedly lack compassion …