August 23rd, 2010
06:43 PM ET
8 years ago

Democrats look to the past in 'prebuttal'

(CNN) - Democrats offered a "prebuttal" on Monday to a top Republican's planned economic address, scheduled for Tuesday. But, it seems, they had to look to the past to predict the future.

Related: Dems release Web video ahead of Boehner speech

On a conference call with reporters, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Democratic National Committee communications director Brad Woodhouse and Ohio Democratic Party chairman Chris Redfern pounded home the message that no matter what House Minority Leader John Boehner says on Tuesday, his policies would bring America back to "the last eight years."

The three Democrats joined to present a chorus of dissention.

"More of the same," Wasserman-Schultz said. "Maybe repackaged into something shiny. But not that it's going to look or smell or taste like anything different."

"Do you want to go back?" Redfern asked. "What'd that look like?"

Woodhouse put it bluntly when he described what to expect: "Same type of crap."

Boehner's spokesman pushed back against the Democrats not presenting the whole story.

"Tomorrow Leader Boehner will outline common-sense solutions to end the ongoing economic uncertainty, boost small business job creation and end the spending spree in Washington," Boehner spokesman Kevin Smith said. "Instead of spreading distortions, Democrats should be working with Republicans to support policies that will support true job creation and end the spending spree in Washington."

Boehner is scheduled to speak at the City Club of Cleveland on Tuesday morning.

Filed under: 2010 • Debbie Wasserman Schultz • John Boehner • Ohio
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Four and The Door

    You can't tell me this is the absolute best argument the Democrats can come up with! Okay, maybe that is just how lame they are. And come December you can be sure they will fire all of their lame political advisors. Americans are not this stupid.

    August 23, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  2. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    I hope to see a transcript of John Boehner's City Club speech tommorrow. A video clip would be nice as well. This so called "outline of common-sense solutions to end the ongoing economic uncertainty, boost small business job creation and end the spending spree in Washington", should be interesting to disect. Or, will it be just the same old tired rhetoric?

    August 23, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  3. Hugo

    On a conference call with reporters, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Democratic National Committee communications director Brad Woodhouse and Ohio Democratic Party chairman Chris Redfern pounded home the message that no matter what House Minority Leader John Boehner says on Tuesday, his policies would bring America back to "the last eight years."
    So let's see, the last eight years.... two years of Obama, two years of a Democratic led Congress that makes four... so the four years before that were Bush's first term and they were pretty good in the economy and unless you were in a war that our BIPARTISAN CONGRESS approved everything was groovy...FAR BETTER THAN WHERE WE ARE NOW!

    August 23, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  4. Toughlove

    If Boehner brings a no-nonsense, truly conservative economic message the Dems will take another major hit. We know that Bush didn't act like a fiscal conservative. Obama is actually "more of the same". He's Fiscal Bush on crank.

    August 23, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  5. barry

    I guess they feel they have to react this way but I think it's dangerous. We have continually called the GOP out on showing us what their ideas are and now attacking them before they go through their ideas may not be viewed favorably by Independents. We'll see but you would think remaining quiet until their plan is presented and then come after the flaws. This isn't 2006 or 2008 things stick to us now. The last 3 weeks have been disastrous you would think being the majority party we could stay on message. Republicans have us off our game plan. We need to calm down regroup and stop letting the side shows deter us from the core message. We don't exactly have long list of accomplishments the American people see as positive. The one thing we have going for us is they are viewed as the party of no that won't work in a bipartisan fashion. We need to let that continue to be their reputation and not become ours. Instead of getting tied up in this behavior focus on Jobs, Jobs, Jobs that's what the American people are concerned with.

    August 23, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  6. A keen observer

    Do you really think Boehner has a real plan with words and numbers or will it be like his budget that had no numbers?

    August 23, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  7. The reality is...

    Woodhouse put it bluntly when he described what to expect: "Same type of crap."

    Even that would be better than the "fundamental change" Obama and his cohorts are striving to make which will destroy this country. How many of you realize why it's crucial that we support Israel? How many realize how far Obama has gone to make it clear to Muslims that he supports them over Israel? This is a fundamental change and will only bring disaster upon us if not corrected.

    August 23, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  8. German,IrishAmerican

    And Obama and the Democrats want to bring us the policies of Greece and Spain. That worked out really well didn't it? Liberal morons.

    August 23, 2010 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  9. the real ib

    it's time to let Bush rest; he is over with; Obama is the president now and they can't keep covering Obama's failures by blaming Bush. People are getting tired of hearing it's Bush's fault.

    August 23, 2010 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  10. jim

    This is childish behavior coming from the democratic party.Obama asked us to pass the stimulus package right after being elected and promised us unemployment wouldn't go above 8% if we did.He said his plan would make things better if only we would give his ideas a chance .Well we did for nearly 19 months and everyone that i talk to says for them things are worse.I know for myselfs things have gotten worse.

    August 23, 2010 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  11. Lib Hunter

    Im going to say the dems lose a minimum of 50 seats in the House and lose the Senate as well. IMAM OBAMA WILL BE THE EARLIEST PRESIDENT IN HISTORY TO REACH LAME DUCK STATUS = THE USA WINS!!!!

    August 23, 2010 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  12. PJ States

    The only "accomplishment" the democrats can tout is great debt for our country for half a century to come. That's not so much of a popular issue nowadays, is it?

    August 23, 2010 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  13. the republican tea party

    are just a bunch of old, used, rusted, and worn out vehicles. gop is stuck in Reverse and unable to shift into Drive. GOP's time has come and gone.Time for the junkyard! Lay down, lay down....

    RIP gobp.

    August 23, 2010 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  14. Augsbee

    I doubt Boehner will convince people to go against bigger government as people are becoming more comfortable everyday with the government taking over their lives. The more I read and hear the more it is becoming evident that most Americans are not thrilled of job creation, they like the government passing money on to them.
    I'm not even sure parents are concerned anymore with their kids' futures since they see our country going the way of government running everything and they can sit back and relax.
    I honestly think Boehner, the GOP are falling on deaf ears with a huge number of Americans.

    August 23, 2010 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  15. jules sand-perkins

    Economically, what Boehner will probably say Tuesday will make perfect sense to anybody who really wants to work for a living, and it will inspire anybody who wants to begin a dynasty.
    It will not be received well by lazy people.

    August 23, 2010 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  16. John

    Haven't the Dems been saying the same thing to the Reps? Now the Reps are saying don't fight us work with us, which is exactly what Dems have been saying to Reps all this time since Obama took office. It made me chuckle and shake my head.

    August 23, 2010 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    We already know what boner and mitchell and all those old angry men think.
    David Gregory couldn't get a straight answer from mitchell on Sunday regarding making the rich richer and cutting Medicare and SS to older people. Same as boner a couple of weeks ago. He wouldn't answer a straight question, even his own comment about raising the retirement age to 70.
    We know what they are going to say and a lot of us are sick and tired of the same rethoric without solutions or answers to any of the problems that ail us as a Nation. They should all get lost. Maybe a little hunting trip with the half governor? Make sure you take darth vader with you.

    August 23, 2010 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  18. stevegee

    Unemployment at 10%. Taxes at 50%. Anger at the federal government soon to be 100%. Welcome to Socialism.

    In November, vote American, vote Republican.

    August 23, 2010 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  19. Justin @ VA

    Are you serious? The demos should team up with the republicans??? The republications dismiss everything the demos say and do. It's the republicans that need to be on the same page of the demos and team up. Republicans once again need to pay attention to what they both say and do and be on the demos side and try some new things here.

    August 23, 2010 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  20. Pete

    Based on all the "Recovery Summer" hype they have been selling us while 500,000 people aply for first time unemployment You'd think Democrats would be patting themselves on the back instead of STILL BLAMING Bush.
    It is PATHETIC the only thing Dems can talk about after spending ONE TRILLION dollars of stimulus is the faltering economy is STILL Bush's fault.
    Republicans could spend billions on campaign ads that would not be as effective as Democrats STILL BLAMING Bush!!!!!!!

    August 23, 2010 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  21. Lobo Joe

    That whole crew is obviously dysfunctional, from Mama bimbo to her never son- in law. Talk about a reality TV show, this one is to surreal to believe.

    August 23, 2010 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  22. Alfredo Fla.

    LOL... Boehner is just going to say extend all of the Bush tax cuts when they should just extend it for those making less than 250,000 or even up it to 300,000..... and let those for the wealthiest expire.... I mean does Buffet really need a tax break?....

    August 23, 2010 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  23. Who's boneheaded the most?

    The Dems are arguing against a plan to get us out of an economic crisis before they've even heard the details! OMG! That's worse than the Repubs blocking the Dems least they know what they are blocking. OMG!

    August 23, 2010 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  24. CaliforniaBC

    Well I know I'll be extremely interested to hear what the GOP plans to do with the economy since they haven't offered anything over the past year and half, nothing beyond their same old, same old tax cuts. But what did those tax cuts for the rich get us?? Not much did it. And how can they even offer anything credible when they haven't even acknowledged their own failings that brought about the massive recession.

    And as far as Boehner's spokesperson saying the Democrats need to work with Republicans...UH...WHY???? The GOP didn't make ANY attempt to work with Democrats to help fix things when the sh@t was hitting the fan. The Democrats kept us out of a depression but somehow in the GOP's skewed sense of reality they are the ones to be trusted with the economy.

    How utterly stupid do they think the American people are?? Oh wait...looking at the polls I guess they are pretty stupid because they are actually buying the GOP's rhetoric. In what other profession would their complete lack of cooperation of solution contribution be seen as acceptable behavior?? If Boehner and any other of his party would have acted like they have since Obama was elected at any other job, they would have been fired long ago.

    August 23, 2010 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  25. Mike

    "instead on spreading distortions, Democrats should be working with Republicans..."

    Well isn't that the pot calling the kettle black. Have fun staying in the minority.

    August 23, 2010 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
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