You can’t make this stuff up. This Democrat temper tantrum was reported by RollCall.
“Following several hours of floor speeches hammering the GOP, a handful of Democrats including Sens. Bob Menendez (N.J.), Charles Schumer (N.Y.), Debbie Stabenow (Mich.),Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Jack Reed (R.I.) and Jeff Merkley (Ore.) attacked Republicans in a press conference, repeatedly using the word “hostage” to characterize the status of middle-class tax cuts.
“Do you allow yourself to be held hostage and get something done for the sake of getting something done, when in fact it might be perverse in its ultimate results? It’s almost like the question of do you negotiate with terrorists,” Menendez said when asked whether he and other Democrats would accept a compromise with Republicans.
To give credit where credit is due, Congressman Menendez is merely following in the footsteps of President Obama, who frequently employs the word hostage with regard to issues. Obama is following the lead of LBJ, who began the modern day use of the word hostage in partisan politics ; every president since him has done so. Luckily for us, Obama has waxed eloquence with the word quite often this year — sixteen times and counting — so we know just how dire the situation is.
This is one fight I hope the “terrorists” win.