During the show, Democrats promised to work with Republicans while simultaneously laying out the groundwork to obstruct them as each of those assembled called the Republicans and their legislative agenda “hypocritical” and full of “empty rhetoric”
For her part, Nancy Pelosi stated that the Democrat minority would “continue” to focus on the creation of jobs and to measure every initiative that comes before them on how it will effect jobs and our mounting national debt. But what she left out was the lack of focus on effective job creation and debt creation that she and her Party produced in the past two years of their reign over the House. She did however reiterate her dogged determination to block any repeal of the 2,400 page healthcare reform debacle that cost Democrats their majority in the House.
Members such as Democratic ranking budget committee member Chris Van Holland, Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and rabid New York liberal Rep. Anthony Weiner, all echoed the same sentiments during the press conference but probably the best quote to come out of this performance in hypocrisy, came from incoming Minority Whip Stenny Hoyer of Maryland. He stated that Democrats will make sure that Republicans keep their promises.
The statement summed up the quandary that Democrats will now find themselves in.
Among other things, Republicans promised to repeal Obamacare. Now, how effective can Democrats be if they promise to help Republicans keep their promise to repeal Obamacare, while at the same time promise to block any repeal of healthcare? It would seem that in addition to being the real hypocrites, based upon their conflicting statements, House Democrats are going to act in a way that will cancel themselves out and become inconsequential to the legislative process over the next two years.
If anything, this press conference demonstrated that Democrats are as about willing to work with the Republican majority as they were when Republicans were in the minority, which is very little if at all.
After listening to the contradictions of Democrats, it is quite obvious that the loud message sent in the midterm election results of 2010, fell on deaf Democrat ears and it looks like the G.O.P. will have a great opportunity to prove which Party is truly willing to listen to the people.