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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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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Pelosi – Not Responsible or Irresponsible

Speaker Pelosi had a pithy answer when asked if Democrats have any responsibility for the current financial mess.  “No,” was her simple reply. She also blamed the current financial mess on President Bush’s “mismanagement” of the economy. She must have missed John Gibson yesterday on FOX News.

Fannie and Freddie have been creations of the congressional Democrats and the Clinton White House, designed to make mortgages available to more people and, as it turns out, some people who couldn’t afford them.

Fannie and Freddie have also been places for big Washington Democrats to go to work in the semi-private sector and pocket millions.

Yet Democrats claim no responsibility for the current financial mess. Zero, zip, nada. Is this leadership or is this subterfuge?

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Bye-bye Pelosi

The best thing Speaker Pelosi could do for her party is resign. The Democrats need a fall guy and a Pelosi resignation would go a long way toward reviving the party’s brand.

Consider the numbers if you don’t think the Dems are in trouble. First there is the dismal approval ratings (RCP average rarely even 20%) Congress has suffered under the Nancy Pelosi/Harry Reid leadership. Then there is the 8 point drop in the generic congressional poll. Don Surber has the Gallup and Real Clear results and sees a Speaker Boehner in our near future.

Well, that’s an optimistic view to be sure but a Steny Hoyer leadership might be an improvement both for the party and the country. Unfortunately, Pelosi lacks the altruism to make it so. This is one member of Congress who is all about the power but it does provide an opening for the opposition. Will the Republicans take advantage of that weakness? It could happen and wouldn’t that shake up the status quo!

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