Despite the posturing and maneuvering over switching President Barack Obama’s jobs speech from Wednesday night, where it would conflict with the Republican party’s big presidential debate, to Thursday night, not every congressional Republican is even bothering to show up.
According to Roll Call, Georgia Congressman Paul Broun,† Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh, and South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint have all stated they do not intend to go to the joint session.† Walsh, who is currently calling the president’s speech an “abuse of power,” stated in a press release that he doesn’t “see the point in being a prop for another of the Presidentís speeches asking for more failed stimulus spending and more subsidies for his pet projects.”† DeMint, meanwhile, is claiming that he is too “frustrated” with the president to be there in person.† Broun simply makes it a habit not to attend these events, preferring to host live twitter townhalls responding to them instead.
As Steve Benen best puts it, “[T]he White House continues to try to work in good faith on the issues that matter most, only to find some Republicans in Congress who literally arenít willing to hear the president out.”
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