By Bill Maher
All the time now, I’m starting to hear, "The president had complete
control of Congress for two years, and did everything he wanted." This
is such bullshit. First of all, no president has that much control over
senators. You really think Ben Nelson, whose state deplores Obama,
really feels that much pressure to be loyal to him?
But the bigger issue is, it’s just factually wrong. Democrats had a
"filibuster proof" majority in the senate for a very short period. It
took Al Franken seven months to get seated because of the recount
dispute, and by the time he was, Ted Kennedy was dying. So Democrats
really only had 60 senators from September 24, 2009, when Kennedy’s
replacement was named, until February 4th, 2010, when
Republican Scott Brown won the special election there. The senate was in
session for just 72 days over that period, so that’s how long Obama had
a real Democratic Congress -- 72 days, not two years.
Or, if you like charts:
111th Senate • Source: Wikipedia
One of the things that sucks is that Obama has never figured out a
way to blame Congress for blocking things, presumably out of fear that
it will make him appear weak. But how is he not running more against a
Congress with a serial killer approval rating? He’s literally three or
four times more popular than they are.