Nancy Pelosi and Her Merry Band of Thieves

The Democrats in the House must have a Robin Hood complex. Steal from the future and give to the past. Nancy Pelosi and her merry band of thieves did not pass a stimulus package today but instead funded every pet project imaginable going back some 40 years. Just how stupid do they think we the voters really are. If you haven’t read the list of insults, The Wall Street Journal has the particulars. Read it and weep. Then remember it the next time you go to the polls and the next time and the next time and the…

More:

The Anchoress: “Stimulus” bill needs to die…
Amateur Economist: More “Stimulus” Tomfoolery
Commentary Magazine/Jennifer Rubin: Not Very Stimulating
TimesOnLine (UK): Cross-party support fades as Barack Obama rescue passes first test
Politico: Kerry: Ignore Republicans if they’ll vote no anyway

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Obama, Rush, and What Dems Can Expect

From Jennifer Rubin at Commentary.com

But insulting the Republicans at the White House with a Rush Limbaugh jibe isn’t the way to win adherents. It is noteworthy that the insult  leaked, suggesting the Republicans are getting ready to burst the bipartisan façade. For a fellow who is supposed to respect his opponents Barack Obama sure has a habit of demeaning their legitimate policy concerns. (”What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them — that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply.”)

At this stage of things, Obama likely has amassed all the adherents he ever will. Certainly gaining more in Congress is unlikely. Being dismissive of or insulting to Republicans is more likely to feed ego or thrill the faithful. However, it reflects poorly on the source more than the target and is just part of the strategy to marginalize the opposition. So develop a thick skin, make a flap over it if you must, and move on. There are larger issues at hand.

It is wishful thinking to see this era as anything but partisan. Lofty concepts like post-partisan or bi-partisan will be given lip-service at best. There is very little Republicans can do except hold firm to what makes them different and remind voters at every turn.

Whatever failures accrue to the Democrats must be clear and unequivocally their responsibility. For each one they must be held accountable. Democrats did nothing less during the last administration and should expect nothing less in return.

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RNC to file complaint over Obama donations

Citing media reports including one from Newsmax, the Republican National Committee will file a complaint Monday with the FEC over “donations that exceed federal limits as well as illegal contributions from foreigners.”

Tiger4Truth is pleased to see this issue brought to light and credit given to new media for its part in bringing this matter to light. Kudos to Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs for the most comprehensive compilation of the facts. Only a few folks are smart enough to know when NOT to quit.

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Even liberals now doubt Speaker Pelosi

Partisan Pelosi is finally becoming recognized as Toxic Pelosi even on the left side of the aisle. Pin the tail on the donkey!

Katie Allison Granju of KnoxNews.com makes the case in her post “Pelosi needs to go” and she does that despite being in agreement with Pelosi’s 95% of the time. She ties removing Pelosi to improving “the mean-spirited and debilitating partisan malaise that seems to have settled over our Congress.” Indeed.

With her tirade before the bailout vote on Monday, Pelosi cemented her image as the epitome of what ails Washington. It doesn’t matter whether Joe and Jane Voter saw the dozens of replays on FOX News. What does matter is that this is how Pelosi runs the House and keeps divisiveness at the fore. Compromise as an exercise in bullying rather than a consensus toward the greater good isn’t governance but schoolyard-style intimidation.

Kudos to Granju for breaking with the ranks. Both parties as well as the American public would be better served by a Speaker of the House who is more adept at herding cats than getting into hissing and spitting fights with them.

(H/T – Jennifer Rubin)

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Pelosi deserves a vote of “no confidence”

Pelosi’s vitriol was on full display yesterday. Before the vote on the behemoth bailout, she unloaded on anything and everything Republican. It was indeed awesome.

It does give one pause to wonder what could possibly be behind such a tirade especially when it appeared she’d gotten exactly what she wanted. The Dems would have enough Rep votes to easily lay any blame on the opposition should the bailout fail to deliver the economy from its slide toward a recession. In addition Dems in tough races were able to vote against the bill as their constituents wanted. So what would cause Pelosi to unload on the Republicans?

Guilt comes to mind first. Partisan Pelosi and her cronies are every bit as responsible for the current state of the economy as she would have you believe the Republicans are.

Then there is the fear she might in some way get blamed for the recession. She is after all committed to the “never take responsibility when you can blame someone else” theory of survival. Her tactics are lacking in sufficient finesse to carry that off with the independent voters but her loyal minions will accept the subterfuge.

Or maybe she felt it was a final opportunity before the Republicans became her partners in crime. Even in politics it is considered bad form to attack one’s partner at least overtly.

Whatever reason justified that destructive urge, hyperpartisanship and paranoia do not belong in Congress most especially in its leaders. Steny Hoyer would be so much better for the country during this time of uncertainty. Pelosi deserves a vote of “no confidence” and a demotion to back bencher. Of course, it won’t happen but it is satisfying to entertain the thought.

More: The Atlantic/Megan McArdle – The politics of the bill

And more: The Washington Times/Wesley Pruden – A job for the right woman

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Obama, the First Amendment and Censorship

There is great cause for concern about the future of the First Amendment under an Obama presidency. Powerline has the facts on Obama’s efforts to intimidate Missouri television stations by threatening criminal prosecution if they run anti-Obama ads.

Add to that strong-arm tactic MSM censorship in the blogosphere. Darke Blog and Gateway Pundit have evidence that ABC News on its Political Punch blog is removing anti-Obama posts.

Then there is Partisan Pelosi’s intention to revive the Fairness Doctrine limiting free speech for “radio talk show hosts and much of the new alternative media.”

This is chilling and telling evidence that dissenting opinions are at risk and that we are at the precipice of a very, very slippery slope.

Update: Little Green Footballs is on the case, too.

More: Bloomberg.com/Ann Woolner: Silencing Critics Using the Barack Obama Method

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