Congressman Anthony Weiner is not letting last week’s losses put a damper on his television time. In the last few days, he’s been on Hardball, Don Imus, and The Ed Show–to name just a few–to aggressively defend the Democratic agenda and try to put some early pressure on the incoming Republican majority.
Last night, it was Countdown, where Weiner added his voice to the chorus of Democrats howling about the recommendations of the president’s bipartisan deficit commission.
“The problem that we have here is no one seems to be standing up for these fundamental Democratic principles–Social Security, Medicare and the like,” Weiner told Keith Olbermann.
The commission’s plan calls for reducing the cost of living adjustments for Social Security and raising the retirement age, in addition to eliminating certain popular tax breaks, and raising the tax on gasoline.
“All of these programs are the last remaining programs that help people stay in the middle class, [Republicans] want to slash them,” said Weiner, part of a renewed Democratic effort to cast themselves as the defenders of the middle class. “A lot of these proposals are actually the Republican proposals but now they can wear it in the cloak of: ‘A bipartisan commission said.’ Unh-uh. Democrats don’t support this plan.”
“Frankly, I don’t know why he appointed this commission. He’s the President of the United States,” said Weiner, who called on the president to disavow the recommendations. “Now it’s almost like we’re giving them some air cover to do it.”
Here’s the video: