March 13th, 2009
03:45 PM ET
11 years ago

DNC rolls out 'Party of No' clock

The DNC is calling Republicans the 'Party of No.'

The DNC is calling Republicans the 'Party of No.'

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Democrats are not letting up in what has been a constant stream criticism in recent weeks of Republicans as obstructionist at a time of national economic crisis.

The Democratic National Committee rolled out a new Web site Friday that features the party’s “Party of No” clock. The clock spotlights the amount of time that has passed since the release of President Obama’s 2010 budget blueprint – all time the DNC argues that Republicans have spent offering only criticism of rather than alternatives to the White House’s budgetary plan.

“Instead of petty politics and empty obstructionism, Republicans in Congress should either support the President’s budget or present their own plan to create jobs, fix our schools, reform our health care system, and make America energy independent,” DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse said in the statement.

In the nearly eight weeks since Obama’s inauguration, as the new administration and congressional Democrats have pushed through a $787 billion stimulus package and a $410 spending bill to fund the federal government’s operations, Republican congressional leaders have stressed fiscal restraint and accused Democrats of spending money the government does not have and should not be borrowing.

Republican congressional leaders stressed the same themes Friday responding to the DNC's "Party of No" clock.

"If Democrats want to highlight the plan Republicans designed and gave to the President that said no to government waste, no to tax increases, no to saddling every child in America with $70,000 of debt, and yes to creating small business jobs, we applaud them for getting our message out," Brad Dayspring, spokesman for House Minority Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia said in a statement emailed to CNN.

“If I had to defend the President’s budget, which is being eviscerated by both parties because it spends too much, taxes too much, and borrows too much, I’d probably waste time on fictitious claims like this too,” Antonia Ferrier, spokeswoman for House Minority Leader John Boehner told CNN.

Updated 3:45 p.m. with response from Rep. Boehner

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soundoff (148 Responses)
  1. Nini

    DNC the party of Hypocrisy.

    Enough is enough, this mess wasn’t created by the Republicans it was created by Democrats who forced Fannie and Freddie to keep giving loans to people who were not qualified.

    When are you going to open your eyes and see the truth.

    March 13, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. Jon

    LOL – This is hilarious. What did the Dems do when Bush was president besides putting all the blame on him (and I'm not fan of Bush)??? What was their plan for Immigration when it was brought up? Social Security when Bush tried to do something? Alternative Energy?? It goes on and on.

    I find it ironic that the Dems have Congress and the Pres. now and yet the main thing they've done over the past two months is attack Reps. Why are they wasting their time? What is it that they don't want the American people to see and notice??? Perhaps it's the $trillion/month we're spending with more on the way. Ya, things have sure changed.

    March 13, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  3. Chris from San Antonio

    "JDC March 13th, 2009 3:57 pm ET
    Anyone opposing SOCIALISM stands proud."

    It's good that we can tell who the ignorant people are. They're the ones shouting "socialism!"

    Socialism is giving 700 billion to CEO on Wall Street for failing at their job.

    March 13, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. Sean

    did anyone notice how bad the photo-shopping of their poster is??? talk about out of touch...

    March 13, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. Kaci

    I was not aware we had so many capable and renowned economists on this comment page. Do you peoply seriously think that President Obama caused this economic crisis by his little bitty self in 54 days? That's why I'm so thankful we have a president who has surrounded himself with some of the brightest minds our America has to offer. And he is also not so arrogant as to think he has all the solutions. But it took several years by an irresponsible government to get us into this. I say everyone who voted for GWB, pony up your share of the bill now. THEN you can start mouthing off. Clearly the haters on this site are part of the problem, not the solution. I say lead, follow or get out of the President's way.

    March 13, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  6. Red in VA

    Why is it that democrats never keep any of their promises? Like the stimulus bill... Flooded with earmarks, Obama and Pelosi come out holding hand says "Oh well let it slide this time, but we wont let them do it next time!" Next thing you know, people are already talking about stimulus act II, geesh, talk about change....

    March 13, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. Blue is my favourite colour

    The republicans are taking out their problems out on the Dems, and the Dems are taking out their problems on the Republicans. This is
    becoming a school yard brawl, and no one is going to win–especially not the American People. Truth be told, Pelosi and Reid have become distractions and are trying to capitalize on Oama's "celebrity". I am a democrat, but enough is enough from these two, just shut up and get back to work–the work you were elected to do, and stop trying to jockey for front and center positions in photo ops with Obama–and really cool it with those earmarks.

    Pelosi, has done a rotten job in California, and frankly don't see what the Northern Californians see in her. Obama needs to ignore these two, and get away from their distractions and lead the way he said he would. The presidency is not a one-person job, but Obama is more than capable of handling things so long as he's not trying to dodge flying fists while trying to do the hard work of president over the U.S.

    March 13, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  8. Dave

    What a great poster, wish it came with darts!

    March 13, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  9. Get Real

    I really wish that the next election in 2010, people will vote all independents so that we do not have to see or hear this lame crap from both sides of the two headed evil political snake. WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!

    March 13, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  10. catmom

    Regarding earmarks: Why are you people blaming President Obama for the earmarks in the stimulus bill? It is YOUR Congress person who inserts earmarks into bills. If they didn't do that then the President wouldn't have a problem. If you don't want earmarks in the bills that Congress sends to the President talk to THEM. Tell your Senator or Representative that you don't want them to insert them. That is the only way to end them. Why blame President Obama for what the Congress does. It is time for the Congress to accept responsibility rather than taking the easy way out and blame the President for something they did.

    March 13, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  11. Texas K

    GREAT poster. Just couple of things missing like horns, pitch forks, and pointy tails.

    March 13, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  12. Max

    Looking at what the Democrat "leaders" have been doing over the past couple of months, I'd much prefer a party that tells them "No".

    March 13, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  13. Daniel

    Good! It's about time the Democrats started fighting back!

    March 13, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  14. 30m-Democrat-voted Clinton then McCain

    Grow up Dems!

    March 13, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  15. paul oregon

    there are three photos missing here . russ the (messiah ) limbaugh
    steele de man and pailn the puck.

    March 13, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  16. reiner

    Is it not the hope of failure by the G.O.P. After all its election time once more in a couple of years.

    March 13, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  17. Kimberly in Arizona

    Grow up dems???? Really???? I think its the republicans that need to grow up! The whining and crying and whining and crying coming from that party is about 10 times worse than any 2 year old! They are the most incompetent ignorant fools in the country! They really need to either have solutions or ideas, or shut the hell up! I am SO tired of them jumping out and screaming NO NO NO to everything Obama and congress and senate Dems do! If Obama saved a child from a burning building the republicans in congress would find SOMETHING to whine about. So I say again, THEY are the ones that need to grow up! I cant WAIT until 2010 to get the rest of them out of DC. LOSERS every last one of the anti American fools!

    March 13, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  18. Ann

    Great Poster and so appropriate. Rethuglicans would destroy America if they could.

    March 13, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  19. mw


    March 13, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  20. JJ12345

    Chris from San Antonio March 13th, 2009 5:09 pm ET

    "JDC March 13th, 2009 3:57 pm ET
    Anyone opposing SOCIALISM stands proud."

    It's good that we can tell who the ignorant people are. They're the ones shouting "socialism!"

    Socialism is giving 700 billion to CEO on Wall Street for failing at their job.
    Bush couldnt give that money at all if it wasnt for the DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS

    March 13, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  21. Jen, Cali

    The DNC - kids at play!

    March 13, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  22. JJ12345

    rena March 13th, 2009 4:44 pm ET

    I'd like to ask the republicans where is that 850B that your GREAT president spreaded the wealth went too? Ya'll are a bunch of Jack—!

    I dont know exactly where it is but I do know the President couldnt give any money away without the DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS

    March 13, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  23. Bipartisan

    The truth is thr Repubs did come up with their own plan but the Dems rejected all of it. I'm an independent Obama supporter but I am totally against the Dems attempt to create a one party system. I know the Repubs are down and I think Bush was a lame duck president but a one party system is dangerous. We need both partes to check each other.

    March 13, 2009 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
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