FLASHBACK: ‘Elections Have Consequences’

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Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s frustration over the Republican Party’s behavior since the election brings to mind a famous quote from President Obama following his 2008 win: “Elections have consequences.”

He made the remark in a closed-door meeting at the White House in 2009, where Republicans had hoped to negotiate with him regarding the specifics of his stimulus package in response to the financial crisis. Initially, the president showed interest in what Republicans had to say, but his tone changed when it got down to the nitty gritty.

“Elections have consequences,” he told then number two Republican Rep. Eric Cantor. “And at the end of the day, I won. So I think on that one I trump you.”

The remark reportedly poisoned the well with Republicans, who used it to characterize him as stubborn and unwilling to work with Congress to achieve his objectives. Now almost ten years later, it’s the Democrat Party struggling to deal with the realities of a massive electoral defeat.

Warren complained Wednesday that Republicans are “cramming” President Trump’s cabinet nominees down the throats of the American people, completely ignoring the fact that it’s the American people who put them in office. Of course, she doesn’t have too much room to complain, especially given the way Democrats rammed Obamacare through Congress at the midnight hour.

“Democrats have the minority in the House, the minority in the Senate,” Warren said on MSNBC. “But that does not make us the minority party. We are the party of opposition, and that is our job.”

“We don’t have the capacity to stop Jeff Sessions if all the Republicans lock arms,” she added, referring to President Trump’s nominee for attorney general. “We saw that yesterday with Betsy DeVos. We just don’t have the votes to be able to stop them if all the Republicans stick together and vote through these terrible nominees.”

“And that in fact is exactly what they are doing,” she continued, feigning shock. “They are cramming terrible nominees down the throats of the American people.”

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