President Sad Panda


April 18, 2013 by Ish

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), more commonly called Obamacare, passed in the Senate on a vote of 60–39 in the wee hours of December 24, 2009. All Senate Democrats and two (liberal-leaning) Independents voting for it, and all Republicans voting against except one Republican senator (Jim Bunning, R-Ky.) who didn’t vote. Bunning cited family commitments as his reason for missing the vote, and was swiftly driven into political obscurity when his 2010 re-election campaign failed to gain any traction.

Fairly quickly after it was passed, a total of 28 states filed joint or individual lawsuits (including 26 states engaged in a one joint action) to overturn the individual mandate portions at the core of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. President Obama, his allies in Congress, and “experts” across the media scolded us on how the passage of PPACA was part of the democratic process, the will of the people, and anyone who opposed it was a big mean meanie…

Well, yesterday, during a full day of daylight debate not on the eve of the single biggest holiday of the year, the United States Senate debated and voted on a half-dozen gun control bills and amendments. Every single one of them failed, and when you take into account shifts in party numbers, all within the same broad margins as the “Will of the people” vote on Obamacare.

The Manchin-Toomey Amendment failed 54-46…
The Grassley-Cruz-Graham substitute failed 52-48…
The Leahy-Collins Amendment failed 58-42…
The Feinstein Amendment failed 40-60…
The Burr Amendment failed by a vote of 56-44..
The Blumenthal-Lautenberg Amendment failed by a vote of 46-54…

How does our Empty Chair in Chief react? The same way he always does when he doesn’t get his way. He threw a temper tantrum in the Rose Garden. Seriously, Barry, my three-year old daughter doesn’t get this petulant when he big sister steals her favorite stuffed animal. I miss President Clinton on days like these, at least when Bubba didn’t get his way he had enough respect for the office not to go all Sad Panda in public.


4 thoughts on “President Sad Panda

  1. Stuart the Viking says:

    What we’ve go here is a failure to communicate. 0’bama said he wanted a vote. SO, he got a vote. He go 6 votes! Shouldn’t he be happy? He got what he wanted. He got what he said the people deserved. Here Mr. President, this is how you act when you get what you wanted:

    —-does happy dance—-

    Ow… I think I hurt myself….

    But anyway Mr. President, what exactly are you getting all pissy about. You said you wanted A VOTE. You got 6! If the vote didn’t go your way and all those senators voted NO because they were worried about getting re-elected, doesn’t that mean the system worked?


  2. Jake says:

    Clearly, votes are a formality to keep the masses appeased by giving them the illusion of relevance. If the opinions of the commoners happen to coincide with what their betters have decided is best for them, well, all the better. When they get above themselves, the rabble must be chastised and reminded who knows best.

    Ugh. At least with incompetence in charge, you have the feeling that they aren’t actively out to make your life difficult.

  3. Matt says:

    In addition to everything else that’s the biggest thing that makes me despise Obama … he’s made me actually miss Clinton !

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