December 13, 2007
Know how you can tell Senate Democrats are really getting whupped?
It’s when the Republican minority leader — illustrating an article on Senate muscle flexing — gets his picture in the paper stretching four columns in the print edition, anchoring his oversized office with such fine touches as….
1.) that “working the phones” pose, the spread fingers emphasizing, perhaps, the difference between a 51 vote Democratic majority and a 60 vote filibuster-proof majority.
2.) A remote-control device (reinforcing who’s really in control).
3.) The script for making Dems do what Repubs want … and below that, the sports page, suggesting what a great game it is to play from behind.
4.) A tri-cornered flag, not just honoring the military, the troops, the fallen and the Iraq war overall, but also driving home the point that Repubs still maintain leverage over war funding, and drive the security agenda too.
Any further whupping evidence that you see?
(image: Doug Mills/The New York Times. December 2004. via nytimes.com)