The Republicans are claiming that they would've voted for the deal, but for an "inflammatory" speech from Nancy Pelosi. It's always hard to see how these things play out, but whining never looks good on anyone. Anyway, I thought it sounded pretty familiar. Let's take a time machine back to 1995, when Republicans were still riding high after their huge win in 1994. And we hand it over to CNN:
The speaker said Wednesday that tough terms in the government spending bill President Clinton vetoed Monday night were included partly as the result of pique he and Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole felt on Air Force One during flights with the president to and from Israel for the funeral.
Gingrich and Dole had complained earlier about their lack of discussions with Clinton during the 25 hours of flying time. But Gingrich went a step further Wednesday by saying the incident contributed to the government shutdown.
"This is petty," said Gingrich, indicating his displeasure at the way the two were treated. "You've been on the plane for 25 hours and nobody has talked to you and they ask you to get off the plane by the back ramp. ... You just wonder, where is their sense of manners? Where is their sense of courtesy?"
And everyone knows how well Newt complaining about having to "get off the plane by the back ramp" worked for the Republicans (for those of you too young, it didn't work well). Meanwhile, here's silver-tongued Barney Frank's withering response.