Politico had a story yesterday talking about how the NRSC will be trying to score political points against Democats up for re-election during the healthare debate:
The NRSC already has its eyes on Democrats up in 2012 – and plans to bombard Democrats who sit on the Finance Committee with attacks on their votes on controversial amendments during the Committee deliberations beginning Tuesday. Its top 2012 targets on the Committee: Nelson and Conrad, as well as Democratic Sens. Maria Cantwell of Washington and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan.
That news didn’t sit well with Senator Menendez:
Menendez accused the Republicans of playing politics, and he’s surely one who would know, given that he chairs the NRSC’s counterpart, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
“…Senate Republicans have absolutely zero interest in reforming health care,” Menendez said through the DSCC. “If Republicans think the health care crisis is just a game or political opportunity, they clearly have not learned the lessons of the past two elections.”
And for course the NRSC answered with a response worthy of Pee Wee Herman saying I know you are, but what am I:
NRSC spokesman Brian Walsh responds: “When you consider that the DSCC has issued literally dozens of press releases and fundraising appeals attacking Republicans on health care in recent weeks, these remarks are ironic and unfortunate to say the least.”
Didn’t this whole story start with the fact that the Republicans were going to try to play politics with the process of legislating and governing in committee? But of course to the NRSC it’s only the Democrats playing politics. For New Jersey, whether it’s on the politics of the DSCC or the policy of the Finance Committee, Senator Menendez finds himself in the middle of everything.