From NBC's Luke Russert
Minority Leader John Boehner said today, "The people of Massachusetts stood up and said enough is enough. While the people of American continue to speak, it is clear that the Democratic Leadership continues to ignore them and is looking for some way to press this healthcare bill to a vote. You've heard what the Speaker said yesterday and what the Majority Leader said, we are going to find some way to push this over the line.
"It's that arrogance that has the American people ready to pull their hair out to vote every Democrat out of here. This is not just about healthcare, it's about the stimulus plan that isn't working, it's about the cap and trade bill, it's about trillion dollar deficits for as far as the eye can see. The American people want us to get our economy moving again because they continue to ask: where are the jobs?"
NOTE: "Arrogance" seems to be the word of the day for the GOP. They are attacking Democrats for what they perceive to be arrogance in shutting them out of the process and correlating that into the idea that the American people also felt slighted and want their elected representatives to work together.
Republicans will tout "the ready to work together" message for the rest of the week.
Here are a few highlights from the House GOP Leadership presser:
Mike Pence (R-IN): "We urge the President and this Congress to scrap their government take over of healthcare and come together with Republicans to work on incremental solution that will lower the cost of healthcare without growing the size of government. This isn't so much a good day for Republicans, it's a good day for the American people."
Eric Cantor (R-VA): "The election last night in Massachusetts for Senate elect Brown, was much about an election that rejected arrogance, much like David and his fight against Goliath, David won because he was able to do so and fight in his own way, the American people, the people of Massachusetts last night, have rejected the arrogance, they are tired of being told by Washington how to think and what to do. The message has been sent to the Democrats, listen to the people and heed their priorities."
Cantor on Steny Hoyer: "I look back a few months ago when I met with Majority Leader Hoyer. I guess that this morning that perhaps he's thinking that he should have paid a bit more attention to our meeting. Because at that meeting I put forth our Republican plan on healthcare to bring down cost. There is a way for us to work together."