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. bill

    where were these boozos when bush took us to war. IT WAS YES YES now when obama is trying to right bushes mess.THEY ARE THE PARTY OF NO.we the american people have woken up.put bush chaney in for these no bozoos.hopfully their voters will see the light.

    March 13, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. Mark

    You idot liberals can't just keep spending money! China today is getting concerned we cannot pay our debt. Does that send a signal to you sheep voters??

    March 13, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. Andi

    why was the comment board on the Michael Steele ally support article closed? Someone should alert Rush! Heads are gonna roll, baby!

    March 13, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. Majik

    The DNC says the Repubs should present a plan of their own. Nancy answered that with a threat that if her budget bill just past was her way or the highway or as she put it "scorched earth policy" to the plans presented. It is the Nancy and Harry show only.

    March 13, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. B

    Liberals own the House and Senate so they shouldn't need republicans to get their agenda through. Thank God someone knows how to say NO since our president keeps "charging" it like he was at Macy's. You can charge up your credit card but you have to pay for it! Thanks "Party of No".

    March 13, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. AP in Illinois

    "Thank goodness it will only for 4 years – Obammy is making sure that his lack of experience will keep the Dems out of the Oval Office for some time!"

    Oh yeah...the GOP is really scoring points with the American People.

    If he was running for the President of the Confederacy, then I might agree with you. The new southern regional party really has nothing else to offer other than whining and more whining.

    March 13, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  7. New Yorker

    Wow! The democrats don't have a clue with what to do with the financial crisis, the Republicans won't jump on board with the clueless and therefore are called obstructionists.

    So why did so many Democrats try to obstruct the plans to succeed in Iraq? You liberal jokers are just banking on the American people to have forgotten your outrageous behavior for the past 8 years. Come up with a plan that will work and is fair and the Republicans will support it.

    As for the Republican's coming up with a plan? Why bother? Any plan that they have would require people to be responsible and the Democrat's wouldn't be able to stand for that because they are the "Just Say NO to Personal Accountability" Party.

    Stop wasting taxpayer money (the salary WE pay you) on trying to smear the GOP. Get back to work on something that really matters. Your time is running out.

    March 13, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. Roger

    It is about time, I am so tired of hearing all of the negative remarks from the GOP when they are the ones that created this mess & had no solutions when they were in the white house.

    March 13, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. Chuck

    The three of them along with Bush should be tried as criminals of the State! They are responsible for the mess that we are in. Bring to JUSTICE in a court of law!!!!!

    March 13, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  10. J.Crobuzon

    The GOP wants a depression. They'd see us all eating cat food just for the hope of getting more votes. I used to think Republicans were good people, just prone to seeing everything in monochrome; now I'm convinced they're all malignant.

    March 13, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  11. RJ in NYC

    Actually Conservatives have presented ideas and plans to "create jobs, fix our schools, reform our health care system, and make America energy independent". However Queen Nancy keeps shutting them out. The real truth is Democrats want their ideas greenlighted without any discussion or modification. They will not listen to any other idea and they force a conrfrontation.... agree with the 100% or else nothing gets done and they blame you.... Interesting bipartisanship. I remember Democrats complaining about the "either your with us onr against us" attitude of the Bush administration in regards to the war in Iraq, and that was referencing allies/enemies. The Democrats, who complained about that "attitude" are adopting the very same attitude when it comes to dealing with issua affecting their own country.

    After seeing this "party of change" show they are nothing but political hacks on the liberal side (as opposed to the previous conservative hacks), I have drawn the conculsion that NONE of these politicians care about anyone but themselves regardless of part affiliation.

    March 13, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. phoenix86

    hey Tony,

    The republicans had a plan that would work. Pelosi and Reid shut down debate and Obama hit the airwaves.

    The democraps are in charge until the earlier of the country's bankruptcy or 2012.

    March 13, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  13. Melody Chapin

    I understand that the Republican Party has not responded appropriately, helpfully, or efficiently in addressing the economic crisis. I do however believe that the Democratic National Committee has lowered its standards by petty antics including a billboard regarding you know who and now a website with what the committee evidently perceives as a clever response to republican obstructionism.

    Common on DNC put your energy toward something more productive.

    March 13, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. Scott Hyland

    How can the GOP possibly be a party of "obstructionists?" The dems have strong majorities in both houses of Congress and the White House. What part of "you vote for it, you own it" don't you understand??

    March 13, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. Pat Overland Park KS

    Have we forgotten the last 8 years. Deficits out of control due to an illegal war, not taking care of our children here in the US, (schools and healthcare), more govenment in our lives than we care to mention (Patriot Act). Deregulation out the ying-yang. The GOP has been already naming the recession the Obama Recession, excuse me, this is the Bush Recession.

    Yes, President Obama is spending a great deal of money, but where is it going, to our deteriorating infrastructure, to kids' healthcare, helping people here. Remeber he inherited this problem due to 8 years of inaction.

    President Obama is taking on a great deal because there is a great deal to take care of. He has been in office less than 60 days.

    If the GOP cannot come up with a plan then they should get on board with President Obama and help him fix this mess that their president and the years that they were in power of Congress started.

    March 13, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  16. Lee in TN

    Finally, somone is calling these obstructionist what they are. After driving the country deeper in debt than anytime in history, they now try to sell themselves as "fiscally responsible". Don't insult the American people's intelligence!!

    March 13, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  17. Laverne

    Get real, the republicans have not represented any ideas. Like POTUS said don't come to the table with the same old idealogy way of doing things, because it will be unacceptable. He is right, you can't present the same old stuff and call it new ideas. The DNC are doing exactly what they need to be doing right now and that is firing on the republicans #!ss. They are not only out of ideas, but out of their minds!

    March 13, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. proud army navy mom

    I like that my party has developed quite a backbone and are fighting back. Good job dems.

    March 13, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. Ghost

    RJ, that I can agree with.

    See, most intelligent people can see that both sides aren'texactly helping. However I do disagree with the fact that the republican plan is little more than tax cuts and trickle down theory. I guess maybe we should've stressed the words, "new" plans.

    but there's also a difference now. maybe I wasn't as into politics in the past 3 elections as I was only able to vote in 96'. But I don't recall dems calling repubs socialist, evil, communists, terrorists and the like. Disagree all you like, but the BS that is coming outta their mouths right now is downright embarrasing to them. Besides, I'd rather be called an obstructionist than to be called unpatriotic, as anyone who disagreed with the Bush creed was called.

    March 13, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  20. johnny

    It would behoove the republican party to figure out a way to get more of what they want. I mean, truthfully, the things the current administration is dealing with IN ADDITION to the economy are things that the republican party was just never going to address. Now is the time. Better get on board or get out of the way.

    March 13, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. Jeff

    Nice alternative plan, no increased taxes, yada, yada, yada...

    The RNC only knows how to cut taxes and borrow to cover the tax cuts. At least the DNC is willing to raise taxes to pay for their spending.

    Didn't the GOP see what happened in December? Hello? People are willing to pay taxes for good schools, roads, jobs, police, hospitals, military, fire department, the environment, etc.

    Now I am in favor of eliminating any and all earmarks-
    Even a flat tax-
    But I do want universal health care!

    March 13, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  22. MIsspent money by DNC

    DNC has more symbolic names

    The Party of the $30 million Pelosi white Mouse
    The Party of Senate seats for Sale
    The party of Let's spend another trillion
    The Party of change – as in changing ones mind
    The party of no confidential ballots for unions
    The patry of Deceit, Slander, and Subtle Racism
    The party of Waste
    The Party pf no conscious
    The party of no clue
    The party of arrogance
    The party of tax cheats
    The party of $8 billion dollar trains to Sin City
    The party of Spend, spend, spend
    The party of deficits
    The party of no over sight
    The party intent on derstroying America

    March 13, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  23. Video Guy

    GOP "Grumpy Old People"

    March 13, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  24. I helped turn Florida blue in 2008

    I would refer to this behavior as floundering/sinking into oblivion. These people no longer reflect the will of their constituents; a "benefit" of being "Yes" men for the past 8 years. The Washington GOP is so detached from the rest of the country that they believe stonewalling and obstructionism is still the norm. WAKE UP! These people are the last rats on a sinking ship...unfortunately they've waited to long to abandon ship. They will go down in history as the last warriors of the failed policies of "Reganism." I thought the end of Bush was the end of an error....I was wrong. Becoming a member of the minority has falsely empowered these people who are clinging to practices of the past. Democrats may not be perfect but they're at least offering ideas. "No and nothing else" doesn't help us average Joe's....And thankfully, because of the 2008 election (a referendum on the Good 'Ol Boys club and cronyism), we can all breathe a sigh of relief. We can sit back and relax......and watch this party sink itself into a minority which will last a generation.

    I guess the last eight years were worth it if this is the result.

    March 13, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  25. RJN

    I think both parties should of said "NO" a long time ago.

    March 13, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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