Archive for the ‘political theater’ Category

Fighting in the leftist ranks

February 4, 2009

It seems that it is not all harmony, rainbows, and unicorns inside the democrat party.
First, from the Hill:

A group of more than 50 House Democrats has penned a letter to Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) imploring him to “restore this institution” and see that the House returns to a “regular order” process of legislating.

The letter, signed by a large number of the conservative Blue Dog Coalition and the centrist New Democratic Coalition, has not yet been sent. Members are still gathering signatures in an effort to send the strongest signal possible to all top House Democrats that the caucus is up in arms over the top-down method of legislating employed by Democrats since late last year.

It seems that all democrats are not thrilled with the iron fisted rule of Speaker Pelosi.

Then there is this from Politico:

Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) — one of the lead Blue Dogs — made a startling admission to lefty Liberadio on Sunday, suggesting the White House quietly encouraged him to buck House leadership on the stimulus.

Cooper was one of 11 Dems to vote no — joining every GOP House member.

“Well, I probably shouldn’t tell you this, but I actually got some quiet encouragement from the Obama folks for what I’m doing,” said Cooper, one of about 55 House Democrats to sign a letter criticizing Speaker Nancy Pelosi for suspending normal debate and committee rules on the $819 billion package.

Say what you want about our Dear Leader, but he is smart fellow and very savvy politically. He understands that Pelosi is a greater threat to him than the Republican party at this point.

HT to AoSHQ and The Corner

Bye Bye Blago

January 29, 2009

The Illinois legislature impeached their Governor, Rod Blagojevich. today.

So Illinois needs a new Governor.

Just what did Blagojevich do? He wasn’t convicted of any crime.
Hell, he wasn’t even charged with any crime. The federal prosecutor held a press conference. Period. No charges were ever filed.

Was Blagojevich trying to sell the vacated Senate seat? IMHO, ya, he most likely was.
That and $5 will get you an over roasted latte at Starbucks, but it won’t hold up in court of law.

The real crime Blagojevich committed was getting caught, which is inexcusable in the corrupt democrat Chicago political machine. So the same corrupt democrat Chicago political machine used the state legislature to remove him from office.

Will Fitzgerald ever file charges? I wonder if he ever will now. If this ever gets to an actual court of law, Blagojevich will certainly try to put member of our Dear Leaders inner circle, including his Chief of Staff, on the stand. Any member of the federal Justice Department who allowed that to happen would quickly find out that it was a serious CLM (Career Limiting Move).

The next question is if Blagojevich will try to take anybody down with him, or hope that if he keeps his mouth shut, he end up with some well paying “consultant” job once things cool down.

A deliciously cynical view

January 20, 2009

R.K. Milholland takes a rather cynical view at the inauguration.
Before you get too worked up, not just this one, but all of them in general.

Someone at NPR didn’t get the memo

January 13, 2009

There is an actual article on their site criticizing our Dear Leader‘s choice for Surgeon General.

The article actually argues that Dr. Gupta doesn’t have the experience to manage the 6,000 uniformed officers working in the U.S. Public Health Service’s Commissioned Corps.

Didn’t Dr. Kamerow, a retired assistant surgeon general of the U.S. Public Health Service get the memo? Experience doesn’t matter. It’s all about Hope and Change.

Silly Republicans

October 23, 2008

The big buzz on the left has been how much the McCain/Palin campaign has been spending on Gov. Palin’s wardrobe. If that is what gets their shorts in a knot, instead of say the complete and utter inexperience of Barak Obama, or the $800,000 the Obama campaign gave to ACORN, no wonder they have issues…

Besides, the real scandal here is that the Republicans are actually paying cash money for Gov. Palin’s clothes. Big name democrats, like Hillary Clinton, don’t pay for their $6,000+ pantsuits. They expect designers to give the expensive clothes to them for free.

The Los Angeles Times reported earlier this year that Senator Clinton’s custom made pantsuits from Forest were worth about $6,350 a piece retail. Clinton’s spokespeople did not respond to requests for comment.

Let Joe Speak!

October 23, 2008

It seems that that the Obama campaign has put a muzzle on Joe Biden. His access to the press has been cut off, probably to keep him from giving the McCain/Palin campaign material to work with.
Even CBS News misses the dependable Biden gaffe machine.

Biden hasn’t held a press conference in more than a month, and Obama hasn’t taken questions from his full traveling press corps since the end of September.

Come on guys! Lighten up! Talk to the press. Obama can reassert his socialist goals to the average American and Joe can tell us again that FDR President in 1929, and how there were TVs in the average American home in 1929 as well.

Perhaps Joe can tell us again how Barack Obama would put the United States in danger if he was elected President, or how Hillary Clinton is more qualified to be Vice-President that he is.

Dr. Pournelle on the bailout bill

September 30, 2008

The wise doctor says:

According to Pelosi the entire crisis is due to the Bush administration, and by voting for the bill the Republicans would agree to that. Nothing about CRA and affordable housing. Nothing about the war which Congress approved. It’s all the fault of the free market.

I am torn between thinking this is childish, and fury at this narrowminded action.

The problem is simple: no one is sure that a bailout is needed. If a bailout has the effect of empowering those who caused this mess to begin with, then it might make things much worse; and Pelosi’s triumphant cackle fixing all blame on Bush does not generate great confidence. If the official Democratic Party view is that there was nothing wrong with the notion of setting up Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and pushing banks to make bad loans so that we can have more affordable housing and more home ownership, then it is a clear demonstration that the Democrats either do not know, or do not care, what their contribution to this mess has been.

democrats not treating the bailout as a crisis

September 30, 2008

Jay Tea nails it:

So, to me, it seems abundantly clear that the Democrats don’t see the current situation as a crisis, and are acting like everything is business as usual. To me, that says — far more clearly than their words — that they don’t think things are anywhere as bad as they say they are.

And that is what convinces me that things are far worse than they think.

Because the Democrats have been consistently wrong on the whole situation, and have been for years. There is no end of videos of leading Democrats praising Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s stability, of their performance, defending the leaders (most notably Franklin Raines and Jim Johnson), and thoroughly denouncing and scuttling numerous attempts to head off the problems that have started to come to a head in the past month or so.

It’s a kind of negative evidence, but it’s persuasive to me: the Democrats have a solidly established record of being utterly and completely wrong on the whole mess. They are now acting as if the situation isn’t so bad, and are still far more interested in playing their run-of-the-mill political games with the whole process. If they are still wrong (and the odds are highly in favor of that conclusion), then we are in real trouble and the bailout that they don’t seem to care about whether or not it passes is probably a necessary evil.

Mr. Tea also points out that the democrats tried hanging unrelated riders on the bill:

When the bailout package was first being kicked around, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tried to sneak into law an extension of the ban on developing shale oil. He was hoping that no one would be paying attention to a very innocuously-worded amendment to the Homeland Security Appropriations Act.

Then, when the bill itself was being crafted, Democrats tried to write in a subsidy to groups like ACORN and help even more people who probably shouldn’t buy houses buy houses. Paying off one’s allies is a time-honored partisan tradition, the kind of thing that really ought to be set aside when there is a real crisis.

More at Mr. Reynolds blog.

Just how important was this bill to the democrats? This is probably a good measure. Obama Campaign co-chair Jesse Jackson, Jr. voted against the bill.

Biden lets the truth slip out

September 11, 2008

Joe Biden is a smart guy, and prone to gaffes. A bad combination. In this case, liberal ,big government, high taxes, democrat Joe Biden let the truth escape his lips:

“Make no mistake about this,” Biden responded. “Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be vice president of the United States of America. Let’s get that straight. She’s a truly close personal friend, she is qualified to be president of the United States of America, she’s easily qualified to be vice president of the United States of America, and quite frankly, it might have been a better pick than me. But she’s first rate, I mean that sincerely, she’s first rate, so let’s get that straight.”

You nailed it there Joe.

She’s enjoying this…

September 10, 2008

Hillary Rodham Clinton is out on the campaign trail, pitching for Barak H. Obama, but that’s it. She’s not going to attack Gov. Sarah Palin.

The New York Observer has an interesting observation on the “relations” between the George Soros approved Barak Hussein Obama far left extremist wing of the democrat party and the “we can actually win national elections” Clinton wing of the party.

The consensus there, based on conversations with present and former Clinton advisers, is that the Obama campaign has isolated itself both as a result of its desire to break with the Clintons and establish itself as the future of the Democratic Party, and out of primary-victory-inspired hubris.

The article also has some good Team Clinton insight on why “Community Organizer” Obama is behind in the polls:

With the McCain campaign running tactical circles every day around the Obama outfit—which has failed, somewhat unbelievably, to come up with even a semi-compelling response to the Palin selection—one might think Mrs. Clinton, to say nothing of her sidelined husband, would be a useful surrogate on the counterattack right about now. Apparently, the Obama campaign does not agree.

“My concern is that I see them as totally reactive right now as opposed to getting out there on their own and saying what the hell they are about,” said Leon Panetta, a former chief of staff to Bill Clinton who has advised Mr. Obama. “They seem to be intimidated by the Palin pick. They seem to be intimidated by how the Republicans are coming at them on change. And you cannot win if you are constantly on defense.”

Obama, who was seen as “The One” by the hard far left wing of his party, is not winning in a fifty state landslide, as they predicted. He’s getting beat by Senator McCain because Senator McCain is acting inside Obama’s decision loop and Obama is reacting like the political rookie he is on the national level.

Personally, I think Hillary Rodham Clinton, and William Jefferson Clinton, are watching Obama founder with a smile. A smile and and a hopeful eye on 2012.