On the show last night, Rachel compared the dynamic between President Obama and the Republicans to the one she has with her giant dog. He whines for food and whines to go out and generally anytime he wants anything. Rachel gives in -- she knows that's she's training her dog to whine more, but she does it anyway. As goes the Maddow, so goes the president?
"The president is not great at negotiating with Republicans. And every confrontation, they prove themselves to be willing to do something that's bad for the country, and in order to prevent that from happening, the president gives them mostly everything they want and then some. They are being rewarded for it every time they do it.
"Democrats on the left right now are having a principled and pretty rollicking fight among themselves about whether or not the president should just let the metaphorical dog whine."
Last week, the whining was over defunding Planned Parenthood as a condition of keeping the government open. Last night, the Republicans returned to it. NBC News producer Shawna Thomas sent notice of a new measure that would do exactly that. It's a correction of the spending bill that would insert this language: "None of the funds made available by this Act may be made available for any purpose to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. or any affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc."
Filed by Congresswomen Martha Roby (R-Alabama) and Diane Black (R-Tennessee), the measure has little chance of passing, Shawna reports. But what's amazing is the relentless pursuit of that single conservative goal.