Keller @ Large: Voters To Blame

BOSTON (CBS) – Hold the presses, here’s breaking news that will stun you – a member of Congress has told the cold, hard, sure-to-be-unpopular truth about the source of the partisan gridlock that has sent Congressional disapproval soaring to previously unimagined heights.

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

The profile in courage is House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland.

“The American people have every right to be angry [and] disappointed by the performance of the Congress,” Hoyer told reporters in DC yesterday.

“Of course, the American people have also elected people with hard stances…. Many people voted for people who thought compromise was not something that they ought to participate in…. If elections have consequences — which I think they do — some of those consequences are getting what you vote for.”

Of course, being a staunch partisan, it’s a sure bet that Hoyer doesn’t include any fellow Democrats in his indictment.

Oh no, it’s only Tea Party Republicans who take hard stances and shun compromise.

This is nonsense, but that is how the staunch partisans who fill Washington really think.

I spent an appalling portion of my day yesterday along with other reporters questioning Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, who stopped in town to lay out some partisan spin.

Asked about the Occupy Wall Street protestors, citizens lashing out at a political establishment they feel isn’t listening to them, she launched into an ode to the beauty of “organic” political activism and its expression of legitimate frustration.

Like the Tea Party folks who did the same thing, we wondered?

Oh, no, she said, her face darkening. There’s no comparison.

“The Tea Party people demonize people they disagree with,” she explained, before launching into extensive demonization of her Republican adversaries.

Yes, Congressman Hoyer is right, we voters have only ourselves to blame for the blind partisans we’ve elected.

In both parties.

You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday at 7:55 a.m. and 12:25 p.m. You can also watch Jon on WBZ-TV News.

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  • Nab71

    Nancy Pelosi’s definition of partisan is ” anyone who is not a Democrat.”
    That is also her definition of UnAmerican, Unpatriotic, and racist.

    • NikW

      Exactly. When Obamacare was passed using the house because of Scott Brown proved that N. Pelosi has her head up her butt when it comes to being bipartasain.

    • YaKnow

      Nancy Pelosi is an idiot, too much Botox me thinks….and you are absolutely right Nab71….

  • tsal

    49% of Americans do not want compromise with 54% of democrats admiring compromise and 33% of republicans admiring compromise – Pew poll.

    Our country was founded on compromise. It cannot run without compromise. Are we the voters giving the wrong message – well 49% certainly are – IMHO.

  • Stephen Stein

    “Of course, being a staunch partisan, it’s a sure bet that Hoyer doesn’t include any fellow Democrats in his indictment.

    Oh no, it’s only Tea Party Republicans who take hard stances and shun compromise.

    This is nonsense, but that is how the staunch partisans who fill Washington really think.”

    Of course, Hoyer didn’t say those things. You just put those words in his mouth, then called it nonsense.

  • andyme

    Comromise is what got us into this mess. By the way where was compromise when we passed Obamacare? A law that no one read, Nancy P said we have to pass it to understan it, and you want to know why there is no compromise?

  • Denise

    Until the clowns running the country stop getting a free pass – nothing is going to change. they need to start contriubuting to thier healthcare and retirement and you’ll see issues get fixed! But for as long as they get everything for free they can pretend to go to work and pretend to do their job for years and get nothing done! Then maybe they’ll feel differently about who their $$ and benefits go to support as well… No more free rides for ANYONE!!!!

    • tsal

      GREAT comment!!!!

  • mikey

    I’m tired of politics. I tried a new ale recently, brewed by the Shipyard Brewing Co. of Portland, Maine, “Pumpkinhead.” A great tasting ale!

    • Stephen Stein

      Not a big fan of pumpkin beers – I prefer beer-flavored beers.

      Shipyard makes some wonderful beers, though. I like their IPA. I’m currently conducting extensive IPA research. :-) My favorite so far – Victory HopDevil.

      • gigi

        Mmmmm beeer…..

      • mikey

        There’s just a hint of spice in this ale – great tasting! Forget the glass. Cheers!

      • Dave_D

        Agree that beer should taste like beer, not pumpkins (or blueberries, raspberries, lemons, limes, etc). And what is going on with people who have their pumpkin beer with sugar and cinnamon on the rim. Ughhhhh! If you want pumpkins and cinnamon and sugar, order a slice of apple pie. Please!

        A good IPA for me.

    • tsal

      Love John Harvards harvest brew – son is huge into beer and I believe has tried all of the 50 you must have in your life time. His favorite IPAs are Fisherman’s (Rockport) or Dogfish Head 60 minute (NJ). He said Victory HopDevil from PA???

      Sorry Jon – it’s mikey’s fault :)

      • tsal

        Stanley – son said Public House Brookline or Dirty Truth Western MA and on smaller scale Biltmore Newton or Stones Ashland

      • Stanley11

        Politics is not allowed in a conversation about beer!!!!!

      • tsal

        I will remember that Stanley :) I hope.

      • tsal

        And it’s nice to see you here Stanley – hope you’ll stay as I always enjoy reading your comments.

      • tsal


      • mikey

        Oh sure – blame it all on me.

      • Stephen Stein

        DFH has good IPAs. (BTW, they’re in Delaware, near Lewes.) My son picked up a growler of 90 min for our summer vacation in Cape May. They also have 120 and Squall, which are IPAs on steroids.

        Don’t know Fisherman’s -I’ll check it out. ANd yes, Victory is in PA (Doylestown I think)

        Then there’s Green Flash – rare here in MA, but mighty tasty.

      • StanleyRamon

        Maybe I need to find a new place to drink. Where do you find these fruity beers? Maybe not. I’ll stick with PBR and complaining about Republicans. Compromise is over-rated.

  • Lew

    The media need to share the blame, since that is how most voters are misinformed. E.g. today WBZ is reporting that Republicans in the Senate have killed Obama’s jobs bill. Apparently WBZ took this headline from AP, who are evidently unaware that the Senate is controlled by the Democrats.

    • tsal

      Lew I do agree that the media puts its own slant on things but I also believe it is up to an individual to read more than one source and find out for him/herself what is happening. If a person hasn’t figured by now that the media is all about selling papers and getting ratings, then I’m not feeling very badly for him if he is midlead by a media report.

    • massman

      The ignorant need to share the blame. Republicans did kill the jobs bill.

    • YaKnow

      And there you have it…..

  • mikey

    O.K. back to politics. The voters are to blame because all to often they vote for the best orator, the best looking, the best body language , the person wearing just the right color tie or eyeglass fashion – instead of making informed decisions!

  • FireGuyFrank

    Or, perhaps, Mr. Hoyer, the bills being proposed, the over-spending, the desire to raise taxes, and Obamacare, which We The People kept telling you in Congress we did NOT want, is the reason many in Congress got the message. They will be voted out next year.

    Oh, look, that could mean you, too.

    • tsal

      Obama campaigned on health care reform. He was elected by the majority – where did that tell him we did not want it?

      • Nab71

        Most agree with the general idea of health care reform not the monstrosity that the Democratic Congress passed. If you weren’t aware of the complaints from the public about the bill as legislated you need to check your calendar. You slept for over 6 months.

      • Tsal

        Who is the public. The people on this blog or those who have no idea what healthcare entails short of what FOX tells them. Or perhaps those who feel healthcare isn’t a right but something that should be available for a select few

  • massman

    TSAL is exactly right. Obama did campaign on healthcare reform. I love it when the right uses the term “We the People”. The latest polls that I’ve found, , basically have the country split. Now if you want to talk about something “We the People” are in favor of, look no further.
    Once again, another issue President Obama on.

  • jaygee

    Nothing much in government or in politics has changed since Will Rogers said many years ago that “The short memories of American voters is what keeps our politicians in office”. There are very few truly effective governments in the world today and while we claim to be the greatest country on earth, then it just shows you that far too many Americans have not done much travelling. WE try to help everyone else while our country is falling apart. Drugs, crime, poverty, unemployment, the rich get richer and the rest just get by…if they are lucky. We get to vote for candidate A or B and the outcome never changes one single thing. An optimist today is someone that has never had too much experience.

    • Tsal

      I am not sure I agree. My husband grew up living around the world. His entire family continues to live in every corner. None would dispute we are the greatest country. We are however not an island. In every other country the rich get richer on the backs of the majority. For the first time that is now true here. The part thT confuses me is that it seems the population of other countries recognize the problem but because can’t do a thing about it. Here – we are not even seeing it as a problem. Maybe We are sinking to a different level.

      • Tsal

        Again sorry for typos. Phone screen is quite small

  • Frank Shvuntz

    Jon admit you are a right wing tool ya little beady Eyed Maggot !

    • mikey


    • tsal

      What a revolting and uncalled for comment.

  • Nab71

    I didn’t realize that the public is who you say it is. People do have other points of view without parroting news networks whether it is Fox or MSNBC. I began teaching a class in government that dealt with the growth of the federal government and its consequences 35 years ago. According to you I was channeling a news network that didn’t exist. Most conservatives and most liberals can think for themselves. Because you or I don’t agree with their conclusions doesn’t diminish that Don’t fall into the demeaning behavior to which Jon referred.

    • tsal

      Interesting comment Nab. I make a statement and you invalidate it by saying I slept for six months. More than slightly demeaning wouldn’t you say? My reply was a question since I was not sure who the public was you were referring to. I know an equal number – perhaps more – who support the healthcare reform as it is written along with the health care system in MA I don’t think it is a monstrosity and am entitled to that opinion. I also know many who for whatever reason do not know any more about Obama’s bill than what they hear in the news or read on blogs. It’s a fair statement and not demeaning at all because it is fact.

  • Nab71

    I’d say we are both guilty here. Very difficult not to get dragged into the morass. Often we infer motives in the written word, that would not be inferred in a face to face conversation. To me, your post inferred that the bloggers were the public and others were either the pawns of Fox news, or people who did not know what they are talking about. Your have now explained otherwise. And we are both entitled to our opinion.

    I don’t consider the MA health care system as the same as Obamacare. Although it has its problems, it is a system at the correct level- the state. It also has provisions that are aimed at moving people to nonsubsidized policies as quickly as possible. The scope and complexity of Obamacare is a major concern. Isn’t there an apparent contradiction in planning to fund a large bureaucratic program partly from the money saved by finding fraud in another large (but smaller) bureaucratic program. (Medicare) The larger the program and the further removed it is from the people the more waste and fraud will occur.It is the nature of bureaucracy. And unfortunately, most governments will not admit when a program does not work.

    • tsal

      Absolutely agreed and it is difficult not to get dragged in :)

      I think Obama’s plan is alot like the MA but has additional provisions. I would have liked to see a group effort and we can discuss all day which side was unwilling to compromise but in the end there was no compromise so it is a moot point I think. One of the major failings I believe is that it is very, very difficult for the average person to figure out what is and isn’t included in current health care package. That is pretty much where I was going with my comment but should have worded it better.

      We need Medicare reform although some of the suggestions since I’m nearing he age where I will be on Medicare scare the holy you know what out of me. I don’t think it was covered in Obama’s plan and perhaps someone can correct me if it was.

      I’m not sure if this is off topic and suspect it may be and apologize Jon if it is.

      • Nab71

        If everyone would try to clarify ,as we did, the discourse would be much more productive. If only Washington could do that.

      • tsal

        Very Very true. I’ve said it before here. Many of us (me me me) have very strong opinions but I truly believe that the common theme no matter a person’s view is a love for this country and a hope that we can get back on track along with an ever increasing fear that we might not be able to.

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