Today on Holden’s Obsession with the Gaggle

From Holden:

In today’s gaggle, on a day that saw the Dow tumble 191 points, following a month-long period in which the Dow has lost 500 points, Little Scottie said the following in his opening statement:

And the economy is seeing strong and sustained growth because of the action [tax cuts for the super-rich] that we took, as well.

On the Social Security front the Bush assministration is still playing their little game of pretending to give ground in order to entice one of the slower Democrats (*cough* Lieberman *cough*) into a compromise.

Q Scott, how serious is this idea that the economic advisor mentioned in this breakfast with reporters about making the retirement accounts an add-on —

MR. McCLELLAN: I don’t think — you’re talking about Al Hubbard, and by the way, he’ll be on the — be a participant in the roundtable briefing, as well. But I don’t think he said anything really differently from what we’ve said before.

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And now is the time to be welcoming all those who are talking about ways to come up with a bipartisan solution.

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Now is the time to be discussing about how we can move forward in a bipartisan way to permanently fix Social Security, and also make it a better deal for our children and grandchildren. And that’s why personal accounts are so important.

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And we would hope that Democratic leaders would start talking about what they’re for instead of what they’re against, and not playing the game of ruling things out. It appears they’re more interested in trying to block a bipartisan solution than they are in solving this problem.

Chimpy is also playing good cop/bad cop (make that devastatingly horrible cop/equally horrible cop) on the Nuclear Option.

Q Scott, on this developing fight over the filibuster rule, how does the White House feel about making this a debate on whether people are hostile to people of faith if they take a different stand than the Republican leadership on this?

MR. McCLELLAN: The President believes — I mean, in terms of —

Q Is this a faith issue?

MR. McCLELLAN: In terms of the issue that you brought up, that’s a matter for the Senate to address. We don’t get involved in procedural matters in the Congress.

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Q But is this — is there a danger in making this a faith issue?

MR. McCLELLAN: I don’t know — I don’t know what you’re referring to that we’ve done. The President’s views —

Q Well, no, I mean —

MR. McCLELLAN: The President’s views —

Q — it’s going to be made a faith issue this weekend.

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, the issue here is that Democrats are not giving these nominees an up or down vote. They’re blocking up or down votes on the nominees. That’s what the issue is here, and some want to take attention away, try to divert attention away from that. The issue here is that Senate Democrats need to stop playing politics and allow these nominees to have an up or down vote.

Oh, no, Little Scottie has no idea whatsoever what the gaggler is talking about – and it’s all the Democrat’s fault anyway.