Friday, February 8, 2013

Tiny Tim joins 'No Labels' group: BFD

Posted By on Fri, Feb 8, 2013 at 9:10 AM

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A news release touts the membership of Rep. Tiny Tim Griffin of Vilonia in a nominally bipartisan "No Labels" group of congressmen. They've self-identified themselves as "problem solvers" and as a publicity stunt will wear orange pins at President Obama's State of the Union address.

Only Democrat identified in the release is anti-Obama gun nut U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

Griffin will solve any problem — much like the en bloc Republican legislative delegation in Arkansas — in a bipartisan fashion as long as bipartisanship means a Democrat joining the position held by all Republicans. Griffin, to my knowledge, has not broken from GOP dogma on a vote of significance. He's been particularly unfriendly to the sorts of things held popular in Pulaski, the most populous in his district, which resoundingly rejected Griffin's candidacy against an underfunded opponent in 2012.

The idea is that Griffin can continue, by his actions, to tell the huge majority that opposed him in Pulaski to go to hell, but point to his orange pin as tangible proof of (non-existent) bipartisan problem solving. It might be that some in this group are serious. Griffin's record speaks for itself. The group's most recent achievement is another gimmick, the no-pay, no-budget initiative.

The hooey on the gimmickry follows:

NEWS RELEASE

Arkansas Rep. Tim Griffin will join the other 40 members of No Labels’ “problem solvers” in wearing the group’s “Stop Fighting, Start Fixing” pin at President Obama’s State of the Union address. Griffin is the only member of the Arkansas congressional delegation to join the “problem solvers.”

The problem solvers are a group of congressional Democrats and Republicans who have agreed to meet regularly to build trust across the aisle. First announced at No Labels’ Meeting to Make America Work! on January 14, the “problem solvers” have already held their first meeting, and have managed to recruit a dozen additional colleagues. Rep. Griffin will be working to convince more of his colleagues to “get pinned” in the days before the State of the Union and the “problem solvers” aim to have 70 or more members join the group by year end.

“Any effort to get something like this off the ground takes real leadership and we’re so appreciative that Rep. Griffin has been such a strong early advocate for the ‘problem solvers,” said No Labels Honorary Co-Chair Sen. Joe Manchin. “This group is the only forum in DC where Democrats and Republicans can sit across from one another to discuss issues and forge solutions, and it’s great to see so many members showing their public support at the State of the Union.”

“There is no ideological litmus test to join this group,” No Labels Honorary Co-Chair Gov. Jon Huntsman said. “We welcome everyone — left, right and everything in between — so long as they are willing to collaborate with one another to seek shared success for America. This new attitude is what No Labels is all about, and it’s an attitude that Rep. Griffin has heartily embraced.”

No Labels is working with the current crop of “problem solvers” to actively recruit new members to the group, and today sent invitations to all members of Congress.

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