My goodness, this “37 years” line has come and gone and provided very little in the way of a wedge for Gomez. By definition it cuts both ways: Yes, Markey’s been in Congress a long time. On the other hand, maybe there’s a reason why he keeps getting re-elected. As President Bartlett put it: “We have term limits in America. They’re called elections.”
So I’m baffled as to why this line from last night is considered to be Gomez’s most effective:
“We still don’t have immigration reform done. And you’ve had 37 years to do that. We still don’t have a comprehensive tax reform done. And you’ve had 37 years to do that. We could have reformed Social Security and Medicare. And you’ve had 37 years to do that”. ….
Bob Oakes: An effective line.
Jeff Berry: I think so.
You gotta be kidding me. This betrays a hell of a lot more about Gomez’s ignorance of the legislative process than Markey’s effectiveness. Markey, of course, is known as one of the most effective legislators in Congress:
Most Effective Lawmakers Also Most Inspirational to Staff
It is a characteristic of the most effective Members of Congress that they attract and retain (and sometimes re-attract) the best and brightest people and use them to enhance their own scope, assets and leverage inside Congress. Markey is unquestionably one of these, with a longtime great staff of impressive loyalty and longevity.
…Markey and Dingell, models in this area, long have been favorites of mine, men who never lose their zeal for shaping the policies that affect the nation, and who are adroit and wily at the politics of Congress whether in the minority or the majority. For Dingell, known to all for his ferocity (it is not always a picnic to testify in front of him), the secret to his command of loyalty is that he also is a pussycat — warm and gracious to people around him. Markey and Dingell are both strong-willed and hate to lose. They also are about as different in personal style as one can imagine for Democrats sitting on the same committee and sharing many of the same political values, though not always the same views on issues.
It insults the intelligence to say that one US Rep, however brilliant and effective, and in whatever time frame, could wave his hand and make all well. It’s dumb on the face of it. And as Joanna Weiss wonders … what is Gomez promising in the next 17 months? Unicorns?
Look, if you have a problem with Ed Markey not being able to get stuff done, then the answer is to elect about 300 more Ed Markeys to Washington. We should be so lucky!