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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The old face made new again?

In 2009 Time magazine felt confident enough to put a G.O.P. elephant on its cover with the headline “Endangered Species.”

(2010 Midterm)
 I guess you could say it was a little misleading

The American electorate spoke out loudly against the Democratic agenda since Obama ascended onto the presidency almost two years ago. The 2010 midterm election; and out and out bloodbath for Democrats. Plucked from the House like feathers on a chicken. 64 seats lost in the House not to mention substantial gains in the Senate. The most crushing defeat in 72 years! Now that the dust has settled what is it we are left with?

Personally, I thought Pelosi would step aside after such a humiliating defeat. It would be the prudent thing to do. Then again, sensible and the name Pelosi, never really went together.

This is an example of how delusional she is. (Kind of reminds me of the coming demise of Hitler in the bunker) During the final hours, she told reporters election night before the polls closed that “We’re on pace to maintain the majority in the House of Representatives.” Really? What poll was she watching? Even the liberal networks saw the avalanche coming! Was she trying to put a positive spin on it; or suffering from delusions of grandeur? I suspect the latter.

In a post-election interview with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer, Pelosi, said she had “no regrets” about the way she had governed.

No regrets?

"No regrets because we believe we did the right thing and worked very hard in our campaigns to convey that to the American people," she said.

I thought she was going to break out in a rendition of My Way...

And may I say not in a shy way....
Oh no, oh no, not me
I did it my way

She said she would eventually "start thinking about what I'll do next, but it's never been about me." 

(Someone get her a doctor!)

That was then and this is now.

"I am running for Dem leader," Pelosi, Calif., said in a post on her Twitter account. She said her decision was in part "driven by the urgency of creating jobs" and protecting this year's health-care and Wall Street overhauls.

"Our work is far from finished," Pelosi said in a letter to colleagues. "As a result of Tuesday's election, the role of Democrats in the 112th Congress will change, but our commitment to serving the American people will not. We have no intention of allowing our great achievements to be rolled back."

The Republican response.

"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result," said Ken Spain, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee. "Of course, if House Democrats are willing to sacrifice more of their members in 2012 for the glory of Nancy Pelosi, we are happy to oblige them."

So what are we left with?

How does the old adage go? Same S--- Different Day. Assuming she is elected minority leader through secret ballot we've got essentially the same face for the Democratic party. Obama, Biden, Pelosi, and Reid. Oh..I almost forgot Frank who should be serving time in jail instead of Congress. So what was good for Republicans in 2010 will be even better in 2012. What I can't understand is. How does this compute for Democrats as... righting the ship? This is the strategy by which they hope to re-group to deliver a better yield in 2012?

The final capper.

On FOX News Sunday Mara Liasson (who works for NPR) had the audacity to compare Nancy Pelosi to Winston Churchill. I about fell out of my chair. I thought Britt Hume was going into cardiac arrest. He quickly pointed correctly that Churchill led his country to a great victory and then was defeated in the subsequent election whereas Pelosi led her party to historic losses. Hey Juan, why didn't NPR fire her for expressing a controversial personal opinion? I guess the image of NPR remains intact.


Saturday, November 6, 2010

I guess losing more then 60 seats wasn't enough

Pelosi will seek to stay as House Dem leader

(The wicked witch of the left decides to stay)

WASHINGTON — Despite widespread complaints about massive losses that will put Democrats in the minority, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday she will try to stay on as leader of her party in the House.

The decision exposed a rift between Pelosi's liberal allies and the dwindling number of moderate Democrats, who feel besieged and eager for substantive and symbolic changes in direction after Tuesday's Republican rout. It also is likely to trigger leadership battles farther down the ladder.

Pelosi, the nation's first female speaker, said many colleagues urged her to seek the post of minority leader in the new Congress that convenes in January. That will be the Democrats' top post, because Republicans, who grabbed more than 60 Democratic-held seats Tuesday, will elect the next speaker. It will be John Boehner of Ohio, who will swap titles with Pelosi if she succeeds in her bid.

"We have no intention of allowing our great achievements to be rolled back," Pelosi, 70, said in a letter to her colleagues.

Allies said Pelosi would not make the bid unless she felt she had the votes. Some cautioned, however, that House members vote by secret ballot when electing the leaders of their respective parties at the start of each new Congress. Pelosi's caucus is more heavily liberal now that many moderate Democrats lost on Tuesday, but even some Pelosi admirers are distressed by the magnitude of the losses.

Several moderates, and even some longtime Pelosi supporters, had openly criticized her in their re-election campaigns, and had urged her to step aside. Pelosi's Friday announcement caught some off guard.

Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., had told a Louisville TV station on Thursday, "as good a leader as she has been, I don't think she's the right leader to take us forward."

He reversed field Friday after she announced her intentions, and after a senior Pelosi ally, Rep. George Miller of California, called him.

Pelosi "has proven time and time again that she is able to build consensus in a caucus comprised of members from all across the ideological spectrum," Yarmuth said.

Other House Democrats held their ground.

Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., said he was "disappointed that Speaker Pelosi is going to seek the position of Minority Leader." North Carolina Rep. Larry Kissell's office said he hopes Pelosi "will change her mind and step aside."

Reps. Dan Boren of Oklahoma and Mike Ross of Arkansas also said they opposed Pelosi.

They were among the many House Democrats whom Republicans criticized for their loyalty to the California liberal, who was a forceful though generally well-liked speaker. During her four years as Speaker, Pelosi used all her political muscle to enact contentious measures such as President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Republicans were giddy in learning the news.

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, in a meeting with reporters, put his hands over his head and applauded. "My breath is taken away by that announcement," he said, grinning.

In a statement, White House spokesman Bill Burton said the president appreciates the work of Pelosi and the Democratic leadership team "who have been great partners in moving the country forward" and he looks forward to working with them.

Pelosi's announcement set off a likely battle for the No. 2 Democratic leadership job, now held by Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland. The party's third-ranking leader, House Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, said he will try to keep the job, which will become the second in command when Democrats become the minority.

If Clyburn — the House's highest-ranking African-American — prevails, Hoyer would be forced out of the leadership ranks for the first time in many years.

Hoyer said he would make a decision after consulting with lawmakers, adding, "I have received an outpouring of support from Democratic colleagues who have told me that I should remain in our party's leadership."

Hoyer is more centrist than Pelosi, and the two have long had a cordial but somewhat wary relationship.

Pelosi's bid presumably will keep her atop the Democratic caucus, which will number about 190 members next year. But it would mark a big drop from being speaker, which carries tremendous power to influence legislation and is second only to the vice president in the line of presidential succession.

Among those defending her was Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill. "We're in a political storm," he said, "but we don't need to adopt an 'any leader in a storm' mentality."

Several Democratic lawmakers in conservative districts had vowed to oppose Pelosi as speaker, but some of them lost their re-election bids all the same.

One survivor, Rep. Heath Shuler of North Carolina, had said he might challenge Pelosi because the party needs a more moderate leader. Shuler noted that he lost his job as Washington Redskins quarterback in 1997 after the team performed poorly.

As the magnitude of Tuesday's election losses sunk in, even some longtime supporters of Pelosi said she needed to step aside as the party leader.

"I voted for everything she asked me to vote for," said Rep. Albio Sires, D-N.J. "You know, sometimes in this business it's difficult to know when to move on."

"With all the losses that we had with governors and all the redistricting that's going to be done, we don't need the target," Sires said, referring to the once-a-decade House redistricting process about to begin nationwide.

If Pelosi remains as the Democrats' House leader, it's possible the party will absorb historic election losses without making significant leadership changes. In the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., will keep his post.

Pelosi's decision also may enable Republicans to keep demonizing her as an emblem of Democratic liberalism, as they did in so many campaigns this fall.


Associated Press writers Philip Elliott, Andrew Taylor, David Espo, Ben Evans, Henry C. Jackson, Julie Pace and Stephen Ohlemacher contributed to this report.


Friday, November 5, 2010

Fall on the sword Nancy...Just like you told Congress

   Come January Pelosi is no longer 

the Speaker of the House.

What could be better?

Rumor: Pelosi may quit Congress altogether

Speculation is running wild inside the Washington Beltway that dethroned Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi may leave Congress altogether.

She tells ABC's Diane Sawyer that "I'll have a conversation with my caucus, I'll have a conversation with my family, and pray over it, and decide how to go forward."

"Today is not the day for that decision," said Pelosi, but she did not flat out say she was staying in Congress.

There's even speculation that she may not be around for the next Congress and instead step down before the new Congress is sworn in next January.

Pelosi has served 12 terms in Congress. If she steps down, it'll be the first time in a long time that California has seen what would likely be a Democratic free-for-all in her district.


Thursday, November 4, 2010

My July 7th 2010 email

Date: July 7, 2010 12:44:44 PM EDT
Subject: What planet is this guy.....

Now I know we are a lock in November!

'I think we're going to do a great deal better than anyone gives us credit for,' Biden said of Democrats' chances in the 2010 elections.



Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Finally my day as arrived

I will savor today like a fine surf and turf at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse with a bottle of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo.

A vote today against a Democrat, is a vote cast against Obama.

You need only to ask yourself one question.  How are we better off now then during the Bush administration?

Name me one positive step Obama has taken to contribute to the success of this country?

Look at him…he hasn't got a clue.