Dem boss shrugs at Aaronson’s call for jailing Republicans, says Obama foes unlike anti-Bush crowdby George Bennett | September 22nd, 2011
“People are allowed flights of political metaphor,” Siegel said Wednesday outside the Kravis Center, where about 80 Democratic and union activists protested Texas Gov. Rick Perry‘s appearance for a fundraiser.
PostOnPolitics asked Siegel if he would have had the same reaction a few years ago if a Republican elected official had suggested that opponents of George W. Bush be sent to the hoosegow.
Siegel rejected any parallel.
The Democratic chairman said yesterday’s anti-Bush crowd was merely voicing “dissent,” but today’s Obama foes are trying to harm the country in hopes of bringing down the president.
Siegel cited Perry’s recent criticism of Obama’s Israel stance as an attempt to “undermine foreign policy” and he said criticism by Republican congressional leaders of the Fed’s stimulus policy amounts to hoping the economy doesn’t recover.
“Dissent is fine. This (Republican opposition to Obama) is not dissent. This is not speech. These are actual actions that will hurt the country,” Siegel maintained. “They want the economy to be bad. You’ve never seen Democrats want the economy to be bad.”