'Just bad management;' Risch rips colleagues over fiscal cliff mess

When he was managing the comically inept expansion-era New York Mets, Hall of Fame manager Casey Stengel was once heard to lament, “Can’t anyone here play this game?”

Casey, meet Jim Risch.

As the “fiscal cliff” deadline approaches, and as Congress faces the threat of meeting through the holidays, Idaho’s junior senator made his impatience known to reporters at the Beltway insider website Politico.com.

Said Risch, R-Idaho: “It’s simply just bad management. These issues have been around all year, and I was head of our state Senate for decades, and we never got ourselves into this position. ... I’m just astounded this can happen.”

That’s not an idle boast, really. I’ve watched the Idaho Legislature since 1986, and I’ve never seen a floor leader who could wrap up a legislative session like Risch. There is a skill to cutting the deals and lining up the votes on “going-home” legislation. You might not have liked the end product, but you could never question Risch’s ability to close.

So I suspect Risch’s frustrations are the public’s frustrations — as, once again, another fiscal decision is bottled up in deadline dramatics. But I also suspect Senate veterans don’t take kindly to a public chiding from someone with only four years on Capitol Hill.

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Risch is absolutely correct.

And if both political parties, and their respective leaders, would have expended the same effort to resolve this mess as they do pointing fingers and placing blame, it would have been resolved by now...Sunny...


Look at a picture of Pelosi, Boehner, McConnell and Reid. After the heebie jeebies subside, ask yourself if it's any surprise that our government sucks.

Wish Risch could have influenced his colleagues earlier,

and especially, his Congressional colleagues in the House, to make a deal. Tea partiers in the House stopped the Obama/Boehner negotations, which began a long delay in dealing with fiscal matters that has lasted until now. For well over a year, House Rs held out the hope that Rs would win the Presidency and the Senate.

Given the election outcome, it's astonishing they still won't admit defeat and compromise.

Senate Majority leader Risch.......

has a nice ring to it.


YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING. Evidently you weren't around and don't remember his Idaho Senate days. Gag!


I truly miss people like the late Patsy Mink.


Apple users, run the Gig of RAM your PC needs to have and read the dumb tech white papers, wrinkle your forehead and buy more food and toilet paper with the difference. The internet is a piece of junk anyway and your cats know this.

FY02 1.860T, FY12 3.8T spent.,...storm coming.


Democrats....the POTUS has never had any intentions of

signing any deals.

He wants the fiscal cliff....

This charade of the Prez wanting the House to come up with a workable budget so he can sign it has been a con game. No intentions at all. Where is the Senate in all this.

This will be the first time in American history that there is no budget 5 years in a row. Just uncontrolled spending. He is the only one to ever have 5 years in row of $1T+ deficits. Congrats !!!!

We know the plans. More $1T deficit spendings and massive tax hikes for the folks.