Did you happen catch the cameo appearance of Rob Portman, the Ohio Republican senator from Cincinnati, on Meet the Press this morning? It was hardly a rocket-launching moment in political history. But he is, after all, only one of a hundred such mortals in America so I took a look a him in a mini-debate with New York Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer over Obamacare (which Portman detests) and extended unemployment insurance (not on his to-do list).
As you may not know since the Beacon Journal and all three networks (ABC,NBC, CBS) didn’t bother to report that the extension for 1.7 million jobless was defeated by a single vote, with Portman on the downside. (The Plain Dealer finally caught up with the story of the Thursday vote on Sunday, which is better late than never, I suppose.)
Portman continued his symbiotic relationship with his party’s benefactors and the wackos who worship, say, the Koch brothers, by oddly defending his vote as a plus for the working class if not for all of the souls who lost their benefits.
With the righteous demeanor of a man of his rank, Portman told host David Gregory that his worries about “the American worker” drove him to rise in their defense. He insisted in the PD that it was the Democrats’ fault for stone walling.
I’m never ever quite sure what he’s so vaguely saying. He has a cautious way of speaking softly and carrying a little stick. His fallback position on most issues is that he’s the good guy in favor of what’s best for everyone and is “disappointed” that the other side didn’t see it his way.
In the Plain Dealer, there he was again, telling the reader that he was “disappointed” that the Democrats didn’t work with Republicans to break the deadlock to find money to pay for the extension. Not angry, mind you. Just gentlemanly disappointed. At least that seems to be what he was trying to say.