Gallup: GOP moves ahead of Democrats on generic Congressional ballot

Gallup: GOP moves ahead of Democrats on generic Congressional ballot

posted at 9:30 am on April 1, 2010 by Ed Morrissey
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Steny Hoyer keeps talking about how ObamaCare will create a wave of voter support for Democrats in the mid-term elections, but the evidence makes him more Baghdad Bob than Michael Barone.  Gallup becomes the latest pollster to find that the Republicans have moved ahead of Democrats on the generic Congressional ballot — and this time among registered rather than likely voters (via Andrew Malcolm):

Registered voters now say they prefer the Republican to the Democratic candidate in their district by 47% to 44% in the midterm congressional elections, the first time the GOP has led in 2010 election preferences since Gallup began weekly tracking of these in March.

The March 22-28 results were obtained after the U.S. House’s passage of landmark healthcare reform legislation on March 21. The shift toward Republicans raises the possibility that the healthcare bill had a slightly negative impact on the Democrats’ political fortunes in the short run. …

A Republican advantage among all registered voters in midterm elections has been rare in Gallup’s 60-year history of tracking congressional voting preferences, happening only a few times each in the 1950, 1994, and 2002 election cycles — all years in which Republicans had strong Election Day showings.

As Gallup notes in its write-up, the registered voter sample type does not have the best predictive model for upcoming elections.  Republicans tend to turn out in greater percentages, which is why pollsters like Rasmussen tend to stick with likely-voter samples and why their polls tend to do better at predictions.  Even in years where the GOP trailed Democrats on these polls, they made gains in Congress.  The metric before this year was to pull within the margin of error, three or four points down, in order to get the signal for a good year.  With the GOP moving ahead, it looks like a coming landslide.

Gallup also notes that this trend started after the passage of ObamaCare.  Why did voters turn away from Democrats after their big legislative win of the session?  A poll yesterday by Gallup provides the explanation:

Proponents, as well as opponents, of the new healthcare reform law think the legislation is less than perfect. Both groups agree that the bill didn’t do enough to deal with rising healthcare costs. Apart from this, however, they perceive very different types of flaws.

Forty-seven percent of Americans polled by USA Today/Gallup March 26-28 say it is a good thing the plan passed, while 50% call it a bad thing.

Three-quarters of the “good thing” group believe the law should include a government-run insurance plan, or public option. Also, 6 in 10 (59%) say it doesn’t go far enough in regulating the healthcare industry.

These findings — in particular the large majority still desiring a public option — could explain why more advocates of the reform bill do not feel “enthusiastic” about it. According to Gallup polling conducted immediately after passage, most supporters of the bill said they were “pleased” rather than “enthusiastic” (66% vs. 29%). By contrast, nearly as many opponents of the bill were “angry” as “disappointed” (46% vs. 52%).

Opponents of the plan — those calling passage a “bad thing” — are in near-total agreement that the bill goes too far in expanding the government’s role in the healthcare system and that it will cost the government too much.

Unfortunately for Democrats, the “bad thing” group still outstrips the “good thing” group, and that will continue to be the case while surprises like the menu mandate and throwing retirees into Medicare Plan D continue to arise.  The Democrats didn’t even get a bump for finally winning a vote in a Congress they have controlled entirely since 2007.  Instead, voters are unhappy with them for passing a bill they didn’t like.  If Steny Hoyer thinks that means a big win at the midterms, then perhaps his Maryland district should send him into retirement rather than leaving him to his delusions.

Billboatd on I-75 At Lake City,Ga…

Billboatd on I-75 At Lake City,Ga…

 Where do we get one? The attached photo is of a billboard recently
established on I-75 just south of Lake City . A group gathered there today
to celebrate its unveiling. The cost of 10 months rental of the billboard
and doing the artwork was $6500. We feel that is a reasonable cost to reach
out to 1,000,000 vehicles per month and perhaps motivate their participation
in the electoral process to get our country on a sound footing.

Please, read and pray. America is in danger of falling. Will We, the people, allow that to happen? With God, ALL things are possible.

 Is the American Dream Over?

Peter Marshall Commentary

                            “Why do you not know how to interpret the present time?  
     Last Sunday, at the behest of the President of the United States, the majority of the Democrat members of the House of Representatives violated their oath to uphold the Constitution, rejected the legacy of the Founders of this great nation, and betrayed the trust the American people had placed in them as their representatives.
 
Yes, this was accomplished by the threats, arm-twisting, and deal-making of the first socialist President voted into the Oval Office by millions of deceived people, most of whom are ignorant of American history and the principles on which our nation was founded. But the larger blame must rest on the Congress, for they are responsible for the laws which govern us.
 
Obama signed the bill into law on Tuesday, in a high-fiving kind of celebration too nauseating to watch, capped off by Vice-President Joe Biden’s self-disgracing potty-mouth remark to the President — sadly symbolic of the crudity and crass arrogance of this Administration.
 
Except for the Republicans (who all voted correctly for the first time in living memory!) and the few Democrats who early in the voting rejected the bill, the rest of the House violated the spirit, if not the letter of the Constitution, by turning over to the Executive Branch of the government the authority to manage another one sixth of the economy. Thereby they made a mockery of the sacrosanct separation of powers clause, for nothing in the Constitution allows the people’s representatives to simply hand over a large chunk of the American free enterprise system to the Federal employees of the Executive Branch.
 
The Congress rejected the constitutional form of government given us by the Founding Fathers, which was based on individual rights and free markets. There is nothing free about this healthcare bill, which mandates that you must buy a healthcare plan and that that plan must be acceptable to the “Health Choices Administrator” appointed by Obama, or else you will pay a fine. Oh, they call it a “tax” instead of a fine, to try and avoid running afoul of the Fifth Amendment, which says that no one can be deprived of property (including financial assets) without due process of law. But, since there is no provision to appeal or contest (with due process) this “tax,” it is definitely a violation of the Fifth Amendment. Further, there has never been a time in all of American history when the government has ever forced us to buy something upon threat of financial penalty, which is exactly what will happen to you if you choose not to buy health insurance! This is a thorough violation of the Constitution.
 
Will the courts find this unconstitutional, and void out the healthcare bill? Don’t hold your breath. Since the days of FDR, have the courts ever declared one of these massive social entitlement programs unconstitutional? And even if they did, the Supreme Court cannot enforce its edicts. Obama and company could, if they chose (and I wouldn’t put it past this bunch), to just thumb their noses at the Court, and carry on as before.
 
The Congress most definitely betrayed the trust of the American people by voting through this legislative disaster. A full 75 percent of the population says that they are satisfied with their healthcare plan, even though everybody wants the soaring costs of healthcare stopped and their premiums reduced. Every single poll taken on this healthcare bill indicated that the people were totally against it. But the Democrats in Congress have deliberately violated the will of the people and rammed this legislation down our throats.
 
If this bill were beneficial to the American people, why did the Democrats resort to every procedural trick available to get this legislation passed? If it had been a good piece of legislation, would the bribery of various Representatives and Senators have been necessary to get their votes? This bill was attended on every hand by corruption, fraud, lying, manipulation, and deceit, emphatically revealing its character.
 
In the first few days following Sunday, some were holding out hope that the Senate would pass amendments to the House bill, thereby forcing the House to take it back and produce another version. Not a chance. Yesterday, the Senate shot down every amendment offered.
 
Yesterday, the President issued an executive order stating that people would have to write a personal check if they wanted to purchase insurance covering abortion — i.e., the government subsidies are supposedly not going to pay for abortions. However, an Executive Order does not have the legal force to change anything in a law passed by Congress, and provision for government subsidy of abortions is in the bill Obama signed. Would Congressman Bart Stupak and others have thought it necessary to request the order from the President if the bill didn’t fund abortions? Of course, the most pro-abortion Administration since Roe v. Wade is going to find a way to use our tax monies to pay for further slaughter of the unborn. In other words, yesterday’s supposed keeping of Obama’s bargain with pro-life Democrats like Bart Stupak of Michigan, whose pro-life principles melted under Presidential heat, means nothing. It was just political show-biz. 
 
Please understand that this healthcare bill is NOT about healthcare — it is about government takeover of 18 percent of the American economy. It is a huge government power grab — the greatest in our entire history. If it were about truly trying to reform the healthcare system, which badly needs reforming, the Congress would have long since passed legislation that addresses the major roadblocks to fairly providing all Americans access to competitive health insurance plans. Among the necessary chain-busting reforms are: tort reform (a ceiling put on the possible awards for mal-practice lawsuits, thereby lowering doctors’ insurance costs that they have to pass on to their patients); ending the insurance companies’ monopolies within the various states by throwing open the ability to purchase health insurance across state lines (as we do with car insurance), thereby increasing competition; establishing high-risk insurance pools in states so that those with pre-existing conditions can still obtain insurance at reasonable rates; ending the current tax discrimination against people who don’t have health insurance with their employers (everyone paying for healthcare should have the same tax benefits); and requiring the costs of all kinds of healthcare to be available so people can pick and choose. True reform plans that make these needed fixes have been in Congress for a long time (Representative Paul Ryan, R-WI, has an excellent one) but the Democrat majority will not let them see the light of day, because reform is not the objective — growing government power is.
 
Proof of the power grabs contained in this bill is a provision that takes control of all student education loans away from all private companies and lodges it in the Federal government. All education loans are now Federal. The 2700 pages of this horrible monstrosity contains innumerable instances of government takeover, but since no one has had the time to thoroughly digest what it contains, various horrors will continue to bubble to the surface in the coming months, like polluting oil from a sunken tanker.
 
Despite what the media and the Democrats are saying, this bill does fund abortions and will probably end up requiring participation in abortions by healthcare providers in spite of religious objections; it does provide free healthcare for illegal immigrants; and it does create rationing of healthcare, especially for senior citizens, for whom cost factors will dictate what operations and treatments are covered by insurance. It will put great pressure upon many insurance companies, undoubtedly driving many of them out of business and turning many more of them into shell companies of the government, just as the government took over General Motors and AIG. This will inexorably push health insurance toward a single, public option government-run healthcare provider system.
 
Do you realize that the IRS is now going to be managing your healthcare? That Federal agency is going to have the power to tell you what to do about your health insurance, because the IRS will give the details of your financial life to the Department of Health and Human Services in the process of determining whether you qualify within the acceptable standards of health insurance, or whether you are to be fined. All of your personal medical information, from the hospitals, physicians, and employers will also be turned over to the appropriate Federal agencies. A case could be made that this violates the Fourth Amendment protecting citizens against unreasonable searches and seizures, but don’t expect that to get anywhere in the courts.
 
This legislation creates 159 new Federal agencies, and will require 17,000 new IRS agents alone. The percentage of American workers employed by government will pass 50 percent very quickly.
 
We have been turned into a European welfare state, where most people pay little or no income tax while becoming dependent upon government benefits. In 2004, about 20 percent of American households were receiving about 75 percent of their income from the Federal government, and another 20 percent were receiving almost 40 percent. Back then, about 60 percent of American families were receiving more government benefits and services than they were paying back in taxes — in other words they had a “net dependency” on government. It has recently been estimated that Obama’s first budget alone, even without this horrible healthcare legislation which contains further gross amounts of earmarks and payouts, increases the level of net dependency to 70 percent. Welcome to the United Socialist States of America!
 
Is the American dream over? Is the monstrous debt the Obama is piling up going to destroy the economy and wreck the hope of prosperity for our children and grandchildren. I see no way around it, unless the course of this Administration is reversed.
 
Obama claims over and over that this bill reduces the Federal deficit. That is simply a lie. The bill will bring the national debt to $2.4 trillion dollars, which is  a completely unsustainable level.
 
This coming fall the Congress must decide whether to proceed with the cuts in the doctors’ reimbursement rates which this bill requires, or to postpone or cancel them, which will add to the impossibly huge Federal deficit the bill creates. The bill binds Congress to either trash Medicare or add to their fiscal irresponsibility.
This biggest entitlement program in American history will force a drastic raising of taxes. Not only will the Medicare benefits go down, high income earners will see their Medicare tax go up 3.8 percent, and their income tax rate rise from 35 to 39.6 percent. The bill also creates a 3.8 percent tax on interest and dividend income above certain levels beginning in 2013. All of this will further depress the economy.
And, because these tax increases will be needed for just a partial funding of the Obama healthcare horror, the looming bankruptcy of Social Security and Medicare will not even be touched. That means that a future Congress will have to either cut Medicare benefits or raise taxes again on the middle class.
The financial chickens are coming home to roost. No welfare state has ever been able to sustain itself for long. The American dream will be over unless there is drastic change.
 
What can be done?
 
There obviously is no redress until November. I personally think that the court challenges will come to nothing, and that any attempt to do anything in Congress is going to be blocked by the Democrat majorities. The only hope is this: If the anger of the American people at Obama and the Congress for selling out the American experiment in self-government and freedom continues to rise, it is just possible that we could see a conservative revolution that would throw the socialist-minded Democrats and Republicans (and there are some!) out of Congress and replace them with men and women of principle determined to clean the corruption out of Washington. But make no mistake, it will take a revolution the likes of which as not been seen in this country since 1776. We cannot simply elect to the Congress Republicans who talk about changing this or that — that’s not enough to save the Republic. Folks, in the entire history of the country, no entitlement program has ever been repealed. Once people start feeding at the public trough, they never deny themselves and give up their addiction. The only hope for repeal is that the Congress becomes convinced that the terrible high price and pain of this legislation will be far worse than the supposed benefits, and becomes willing to take drastic action.
 
Therefore, we must send people to Washington who are fiercely determined to roll back this tide of socialism, and restore America to its founding principles of free enterprise, free markets, low taxes, and a vastly reduced government that is responsible to the people.
 
If (and it’s a very big if) this happened, a truly conservative Congress could, upon arrival in January of 2011, simply refuse to pass the appropriations bills necessary to fund this socialist monstrosity. It would thus be unfunded, which would effectively kill it until more sensible healthcare legislation could be crafted. And, there is a window of time (several years) in which to reverse things before the horrible tax increases hit.
 
Can it be done? I honestly don’t know. It will take a miracle of God not seen in America since the victory over the British in the War for Independence. Our Lord Jesus has promised us that “with God all things are possible.” But, the American people are going to have to rise up and take back control of our lives out of the hands of government. Is there enough understanding and will in the hearts of the people to do this? Are enough of us free of a welfare mentality to restore American freedom?
 
Perhaps. If the November elections were to be held tomorrow, we might see fairly sweeping results. But I don’t think people yet realize to what extent things need to be overthrown. I don’t think that the average American grasps the magnitude of the revolution that alone will save us from becoming another socialist welfare state. The whole trend of the last 60 or 70 years has to be reversed. From FDR’s New Deal, to Lyndon Johnson’s (Not so) Great Society, to Barack Obama’s Yes We Can (Make America Socialist), government has steadily become more and more obtrusive and controlling in our daily lives.
 
My fear is that the resolve to change things, which is quite high at the moment, will dissipate by November. The memory of the American people is notoriously short. What will happen between now and then is in the hands of the Lord, however. We must pray fervently for His intervention, for His hand to stir the hearts of the people to accomplish what needs to be done. And, it is quite possible that this ideologue President and his crowd will continue to alienate and exasperate the people with more socialist programs, keeping the pot boiling until the fall.
 
What I know for sure is that the lights are dawning in the hearts of the people. They’re starting to understand what Washington is doing to them. The anger and the resistance is growing. For the first time in many of their lives they’re getting involved in public issues; they want to try and change things. They realize that it’s not just about them — the futures of their children and grandchildren are at stake.
 
The revolution is building, it’s growing. Pray, pray. God is still on His throne. He called this nation into existence, and He is not going to allow some deluded politicians to destroy it. He will not abandon us.
 
Don’t give up, and don’t despair. Choose hope.
 
In the darkest days of the Civil War, Iowa Congressman James Wilson brought a group of clergy to Lincoln in the White House, urging him to do more to abolish slavery. One of them told the President that he believed God might well allow the Union to be destroyed if we didn’t deal with it. Lincoln uncoiled his long limbs out of his chair, rose to his full height, and pointing his finger at the man, said: “My faith is greater than yours. . . (for) I believe He will compel us to do right in order that He may do these things (abolish slavery), not so much because we desire them as that they accord with His plans of dealing with this nation, in the midst of which He means to establish justice.”
 
And so it came to pass.
I believe Lincoln’s words are still true today.

The Left’s war on America

The Left’s war on America

Ann Kane

The leftist progressives continue to plot their strategies in a perpetual war of their own making.  They are on stage mocking America because of the health care takeover, while they have financial institution reform and amnesty for illegal aliens waiting in the wings.  News headlines and conservative pundits tell us the leftists drew a line in the sand when their puppet congressional representatives voted for health care reform.  They have declared war on the American people.  How will we respond?

Winston Churchill wrote about the reality of fighting for a just cause.

“Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not so costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance for survival. There may be a worse case.You may have to fight when there is no chance of victory, because it is better to perish, than to live as slaves.”

Obama removed a bust of Churchill from the White House upon his arrival last year, and sent it back to England whence it came.  Very chilling.

In our arsenal, we have many ways of counterattacking the left.  States are throwing lawsuits at Obamacare; Republicans in congress are using every means possible to repeal the legislation; and private conservative citizens are working doggedly to put like minded candidates into office in the fall. 

However, conservatives should not delude themselves into thinking that these responses alone will win this political war.  According to David Horowitz in his booklet The Art of Political War for Tea Parties, we have to know our enemy because “defining the opposition is the decisive move in all political war.”   We must understand how the America haters do battle.

Just listen to what progressives/tyrants say.  Remember, what they accuse conservatives of being, such as an angry mob, is who they are in reality.  Since they are so radical, and hateful of the good in society, they have to project their ill will onto others.  Hitler exemplified Freudian projection theory.  In speaking to the Reichstag in Berlin in 1942 about his disdain for Churchill, Hitler in fact described himself.

“He is the most bloodthirsty or amateurish strategist in history…For over 5 years this man has been chasing around Europe like a madman in search of something that he could set on fire. The gift Mr. Churchill possesses, is the gift to lie with a pious expression on his face and to distort the truth…His abnormal state of mind can only be explained as symptomatic of a paralytic disease or of a drunkard’s ravings.”

We cannot wait until November, we cannot wait for the courts to take action, and we cannot wait for others to do the right thing.  We must do the right thing now.  We must know we are at war, and be willing to sacrifice ourselves for the good of our country.

America has just witnessed an unconscionable abuse of power. President Obama has betrayed his oath to the nation — rather than bringing us together, ushering in a new kind of politics, and rising above raw partisanship, he has succumbed to the lowest denominator of incumbent power: justifying the means by extolling the ends. He promised better; we deserved better.

 

Monday, March 22, 2010


A Campaign Begins Today   [Mitt Romney]

America has just witnessed an unconscionable abuse of power. President Obama has betrayed his oath to the nation — rather than bringing us together, ushering in a new kind of politics, and rising above raw partisanship, he has succumbed to the lowest denominator of incumbent power: justifying the means by extolling the ends. He promised better; we deserved better.

He calls his accomplishment “historic” — in this he is correct, although not for the reason he intends. Rather, it is an historic usurpation of the legislative process — he unleashed the nuclear option, enlisted not a single Republican vote in either chamber, bribed reluctant members of his own party, paid-off his union backers, scapegoated insurers, and justified his act with patently fraudulent accounting. What Barack Obama has ushered into the American political landscape is not good for our country; in the words of an ancient maxim, “what starts twisted, ends twisted.”

His health-care bill is unhealthy for America. It raises taxes, slashes the more private side of Medicare, installs price controls, and puts a new federal bureaucracy in charge of health care. It will create a new entitlement even as the ones we already have are bankrupt. For these reasons and more, the act should be repealed. That campaign begins today.

 — Mitt Romney is the former governor of Massachusetts and author of No Apology.

FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 165

  FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 165(Democrats in roman; Republicans in italic; Independents underlined)
      H R 3590      RECORDED VOTE      21-Mar-2010      10:49 PM
      QUESTION:  On Motion to Concur in Senate Amendments
      BILL TITLE: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

  Ayes Noes PRES NV
Democratic 219 34    
Republican   178    
Independent        
TOTALS 219 212    


—- AYES    219 —

Ackerman
Andrews
Baca
Baird
Baldwin
Bean
Becerra
Berkley
Berman
Bishop (GA)
Bishop (NY)
Blumenauer
Boccieri
Boswell
Boyd
Brady (PA)
Braley (IA)
Brown, Corrine
Butterfield
Capps
Capuano
Cardoza
Carnahan
Carney
Carson (IN)
Castor (FL)
Chu
Clarke
Clay
Cleaver
Clyburn
Cohen
Connolly (VA)
Conyers
Cooper
Costa
Costello
Courtney
Crowley
Cuellar
Cummings
Dahlkemper
Davis (CA)
Davis (IL)
DeFazio
DeGette
Delahunt
DeLauro
Dicks
Dingell
Doggett
Donnelly (IN)
Doyle
Driehaus
Edwards (MD)
Ellison
Ellsworth
Engel
Eshoo
Etheridge
Farr
Fattah
Filner
Foster
Frank (MA)
Fudge
Garamendi
Giffords
Gonzalez
Gordon (TN)
Grayson
Green, Al
Green, Gene
Grijalva
Gutierrez
Hall (NY)
Halvorson
Hare
Harman
Hastings (FL)
Heinrich
Higgins
Hill
Himes
Hinchey
Hinojosa
Hirono
Hodes
Holt
Honda
Hoyer
Inslee
Israel
Jackson (IL)
Jackson Lee (TX)
Johnson (GA)
Johnson, E. B.
Kagen
Kanjorski
Kaptur
Kennedy
Kildee
Kilpatrick (MI)
Kilroy
Kind
Kirkpatrick (AZ)
Klein (FL)
Kosmas
Kucinich
Langevin
Larsen (WA)
Larson (CT)
Lee (CA)
Levin
Lewis (GA)
Loebsack
Lofgren, Zoe
Lowey
Luján
Maffei
Maloney
Markey (CO)
Markey (MA)
Matsui
McCarthy (NY)
McCollum
McDermott
McGovern
McNerney
Meek (FL)
Meeks (NY)
Michaud
Miller (NC)
Miller, George
Mitchell
Mollohan
Moore (KS)
Moore (WI)
Moran (VA)
Murphy (CT)
Murphy (NY)
Murphy, Patrick
Nadler (NY)
Napolitano
Neal (MA)
Oberstar
Obey
Olver
Ortiz
Owens
Pallone
Pascrell
Pastor (AZ)
Payne
Pelosi
Perlmutter
Perriello
Peters
Pingree (ME)
Polis (CO)
Pomeroy
Price (NC)
Quigley
Rahall
Rangel
Reyes
Richardson
Rodriguez
Rothman (NJ)
Roybal-Allard
Ruppersberger
Rush
Ryan (OH)
Salazar
Sánchez, Linda T.
Sanchez, Loretta
Sarbanes
Schakowsky
Schauer
Schiff
Schrader
Schwartz
Scott (GA)
Scott (VA)
Serrano
Sestak
Shea-Porter
Sherman
Sires
Slaughter
Smith (WA)
Snyder
Speier
Spratt
Stark
Stupak
Sutton
Thompson (CA)
Thompson (MS)
Tierney
Titus
Tonko
Towns
Tsongas
Van Hollen
Velázquez
Visclosky
Walz
Wasserman Schultz
Waters
Watson
Watt
Waxman
Weiner
Welch
Wilson (OH)
Woolsey
Wu
Yarmuth


—- NOES    212 —

Aderholt
Adler (NJ)
Akin
Alexander
Altmire
Arcuri
Austria
Bachmann
Bachus
Barrett (SC)
Barrow
Bartlett
Barton (TX)
Berry
Biggert
Bilbray
Bilirakis
Bishop (UT)
Blackburn
Blunt
Boehner
Bonner
Bono Mack
Boozman
Boren
Boucher
Boustany
Brady (TX)
Bright
Broun (GA)
Brown (SC)
Brown-Waite, Ginny
Buchanan
Burgess
Burton (IN)
Buyer
Calvert
Camp
Campbell
Cantor
Cao
Capito
Carter
Cassidy
Castle
Chaffetz
Chandler
Childers
Coble
Coffman (CO)
Cole
Conaway
Crenshaw
Culberson
Davis (AL)
Davis (KY)
Davis (TN)
Deal (GA)
Dent
Diaz-Balart, L.
Diaz-Balart, M.
Dreier
Duncan
Edwards (TX)
Ehlers
Emerson
Fallin
Flake
Fleming
Forbes
Fortenberry
Foxx
Franks (AZ)
Frelinghuysen
Gallegly
Garrett (NJ)
Gerlach
Gingrey (GA)
Gohmert
Goodlatte
Granger
Graves
Griffith
Guthrie
Hall (TX)
Harper
Hastings (WA)
Heller
Hensarling
Herger
Herseth Sandlin
Hoekstra
Holden
Hunter
Inglis
Issa
Jenkins
Johnson (IL)
Johnson, Sam
Jones
Jordan (OH)
King (IA)
King (NY)
Kingston
Kirk
Kissell
Kline (MN)
Kratovil
Lamborn
Lance
Latham
LaTourette
Latta
Lee (NY)
Lewis (CA)
Linder
Lipinski
LoBiondo
Lucas
Luetkemeyer
Lummis
Lungren, Daniel E.
Lynch
Mack
Manzullo
Marchant
Marshall
Matheson
McCarthy (CA)
McCaul
McClintock
McCotter
McHenry
McIntyre
McKeon
McMahon
McMorris Rodgers
Melancon
Mica
Miller (FL)
Miller (MI)
Miller, Gary
Minnick
Moran (KS)
Murphy, Tim
Myrick
Neugebauer
Nunes
Nye
Olson
Paul
Paulsen
Pence
Peterson
Petri
Pitts
Platts
Poe (TX)
Posey
Price (GA)
Putnam
Radanovich
Rehberg
Reichert
Roe (TN)
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (KY)
Rogers (MI)
Rohrabacher
Rooney
Ros-Lehtinen
Roskam
Ross
Royce
Ryan (WI)
Scalise
Schmidt
Schock
Sensenbrenner
Sessions
Shadegg
Shimkus
Shuler
Shuster
Simpson
Skelton
Smith (NE)
Smith (NJ)
Smith (TX)
Souder
Space
Stearns
Sullivan
Tanner
Taylor
Teague
Terry
Thompson (PA)
Thornberry
Tiahrt
Tiberi
Turner
Upton
Walden
Wamp
Westmoreland
Whitfield
Wilson (SC)
Wittman
Wolf
Young (AK)
Young (FL)

Democrats in the Deathmobile

Democrats in the Deathmobile

By on 3.19.10 @ 6:09AM

Does anyone else remember what happened Jan. 19? Did anyone else watch the confetti fly and hear the band play in the ballroom of Boston’s Park Plaza Hotel two months ago? Or was the election of a Republican to the Senate seat held for more than four decades by Ted Kennedy merely a dream?

Scott Brown won by pledging to be the Senate’s “41st vote” against Obamacare, but Nancy Pelosi and her fellow House Democrats seem intent on pretending that Brown’s historic victory in Massachusetts never happened as they prepare to enact the president’s health care plan By Any Means Necessary.

Pelosi’s implacable determination in the face of such clear indicators that voters oppose this measure has left opponents straining for analogies to describe the arguably unconstitutional process. Lindsey Graham insulted the Japanese by comparing Democrats to kamikaze pilots “liquored up on sake” for a suicide mission. It might be more diplomatic to compare Democratic maneuvers to the Animal House scene of Delta Tau Chi brothers crammed inside their hurtling Deathmobile: “Ramming speed!”

It would all be comical were it not for the possibility that this slapstick legislative fraternity prank — perpetrated by the “Slaughter Solution” with Enron-like accounting gimmicks from the Congressional Budget Office — might yet become law.

How did we arrive at this juncture? Health care was endlessly debated by Obama and the other Democratic presidential candidates during the 2007-08 primary season, creating a partisan consensus that something must be enacted, with only relatively minor details separating the White House rivals. By the time the general election rolled around, however, the campaign focus had shifted to how to deal with the economic meltdown.

When Obama was sworn into office in January 2009, it was understood that fixing the economy was his biggest challenge. His massive $789 billion “stimulus” bill was pushed through Congress with relative ease. He was overwhelmingly popular — in early March last year, he had a 64-percent approval rating in the Real Clear Politics average — and it seemed nothing could stop him from enacting his agenda. In mid-May, Pelosi promised that health-care legislation would “be on the floor by the end of July, I am quite certain,” and the president declared, “We’ve got to get it done this year.… The stars are aligned.”

Despite such favorable astrological omens, when Obama returned two months later from an overseas trip that included a G-8 summit in Rome and visits to Russia and Ghana, Pelosi’s promise was nowhere near fulfillment and Democrats offered hints of panic at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. After a White House huddle, Sen. Max Baucus said, “The urgency barometer is going up,” and a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said, “There was a strong agreement by everyone in the room that we can get a bill done before the start of the August recess.”

Yet neither the House nor Senate had produced a bill when the August recess arrived and, during town-hall meetings in their districts, members of Congress were besieged by angry citizens whom the Democratic National Committee denounced as “angry mobs” of “right-wing extremists.” Right-wing or otherwise, the widespread anger stemmed from indignation over out-of-control deficit spending and the belief that the Democrats’ focus on passing the health-care bill had distracted them from the more urgent task of fixing the economy.

Unemployment kept rising and it seemed nothing — not even a massive Sept. 12 Tea Party march on Washington — could get Democrats to listen. Just days after Republicans scored victories in the Virginia and New Jersey gubernatorial elections, Pelosi finally got the House to pass the health-care bill on Nov. 7. Reid held the Senate hostage to get approval for a much different version of the bill on Christmas Eve.

Even then, Scott Brown was driving his Dodge truck through the snow en route to the Jan. 19 Senate victory that most political observers at the time believed was the final death-blow to this unpopular legislation. Could there be a more decisive electoral verdict than for a Republican to be elected in liberal Massachusetts on a promise to stop the health-care bill?

Well, the voters be damned. Evidently swayed by White House arguments that “the fate of [Obama's] presidency” requires passage of the bill, House Democrats seem determined to ignore the meaning of Brown’s election. With the “41st vote” to prevent the Senate from approving a bicameral compromise version of Obamacare, the House is now heading toward a weekend scenario in which they will vote on a completely different piece of legislation while pretending to pass the Senate bill — and then hope that the Senate will play along with the charade.

“They’re obviously not doing this for policy reasons,” one GOP operative who worked on the Brown campaign said last night. “This is political, but nobody can figure out the politics of it.”

Administration arm-twisters are reportedly telling House Democrats that the bill, once passed, will magically overcome the unpopularity that has hitherto plagued it, and that by November voters will forget the extraordinary machinations by which Pelosi accelerated her legislative Deathmobile up to “ramming speed.”

At this point, however, the arguments for passage resemble another Animal House scene, with Obama in the role of Otter when he announces, “I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part.” It remains to be seen whether House Democrats will supply Bluto’s famous answer: “We’re just the guys to do it.”

Letter to the Editor

topics:
Obamacare, Scott Brown

Robert Stacy McCain is co-author (with Lynn Vincent) of Donkey Cons: Sex, Crime, and Corruption in the Democratic Party (Nelson Current). He blogs at The Other McCain.

Dem Chair: ‘There Ain’t No Rules Here … We Make ‘Em Up As We Go Along’…

Dems Craft Plan To Win In November As Heroes Of National Security And Jobs

Dems Craft Plan To Win In November As Heroes Of National Security And Jobs

March 18th, 2010 Posted By Pat Dollard.

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Roll Call:

Senate Democrats are planning an aggressive message campaign between now and November focusing on jobs, national security, the immediate impact of health care reform and their party’s efforts to “take on Wall Street.”

Hoping to reverse some of their political setbacks over the past 12 months, the lawmakers emerged Thursday from a closed-door message caucus — the third such meeting the conference has had this year — energized and saying they were pleased with the party’s direction.

“It was a good meeting … about the challenges we have [and] getting our message out” before November’s elections, Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.) said.

According to Democrats present at the meeting, consultants and staff laid out specific language Democrats should use when discussing issues

For instance, one consultant provided specific examples of talking points members can use. “Here’s our 30-second message and here’s our 10-second message,” one Democrat said describing the presentation, noting that the language lesson was designed to provide lawmakers with a counter to GOP operative Frank Luntz’s work with linguistics.

A senior aide to Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) then ran through the basic mechanisms for moving the Democrats’ message, stressing the need for lawmakers to remain unified and disciplined in how they talk about issues. The main point to lawmakers was “message, discipline and repeat,” a Democratic aide explained.

Democrats between now and November are expected to focus on a number of key issues within each of the broader message themes. For instance, on national security they will stress the Obama administration’s successes in killing a number of high-profile terrorists and the continuing successes in Iraq and Afghanistan.

On jobs, Democrats will use Reid’s rifle-shot approach to legislation to continually have a series of bills moving through the legislative pipeline to tout and will make a special push on green jobs.

Similarly, Democrats will use legislation being developed by Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) to portray themselves as the party “standing up for the little guy,” and on health care Democrats will stress the immediate impacts of the legislation. The goal on health care will be to “push out the immediate deliverables” to the public in order to explain why reform is benefiting them.

Thursday’s meeting was seen by some Democratic insiders as a key test of whether Reid and his operation have the confidence of the conference’s 22 freshman and sophomore members. Those lawmakers, led by Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and others have taken an increasingly prominent role in shaping the party’s approach to battling Republicans. And while Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) was an early convert to their more aggressive style — and Reid has long been hesitant to declare open war on the GOP — it appeared following the meeting the upstarts were pleased.

From naked shower fights to…back wax…and a Capitol Hill gropefest…now, interns…and… “tickle fights”…ugh…x-ray tumors, oh dear…

Michelle Malkin 

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From naked shower fights to…back wax…and a Capitol Hill gropefest…now, interns…and… “tickle fights”…ugh…x-ray tumors, oh dear…

By Michelle Malkin  •  March 9, 2010 02:17 PM

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Okay, this week is grossing me out. Can we hit the reset button?

We’ve gone from crapweasel Eric Massa’s claims about naked shower summits with Rahm Emanuel to a Florida GOP Senate spat over…back wax.

Really.

FOX NEWS’ VAN SUSTEREN: And sort of a punch back which occurred previously is that you have said about your opponent, Mr. Rubio, that he is the greatest fraud perpetrated. So it sounds like you have had a couple of punches back as well. Why do you say that?

GOV. CHARLIE CRIST: Because he’s trying to pawn himself off as a fiscal conservative. And yet just in reason weeks, two weeks ago it has come out in news accounts he had a Republican Party of Florida credit card that he charged $130 haircut, or maybe it was a back wax — we are not sure what all he got at that place.

VAN SUSTEREN: Wait a second, stop. A back wax? Wait a second.

CRIST: I don’t know what it was, you know?

VAN SUSTEREN: I know, but was there a suggestion it was for a back wax or are you being flip?

No, he’s just being desperate. Rubio is now 32 points ahead of Crist.

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RedState’s Erik Erikson is sending Crist back wax. What he really needs is stronger sunscreen. Yikes.

Now, where’s the reset button?

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More grotesquerie in the Massa mess:

Former Rep. Eric Massa has been under investigation for allegations that he groped multiple male staffers working in his office, according to three sources familiar with the probe.

The allegations surrounding the New York Democrat date back at least a year, and involve “a pattern of behavior and physical harassment,” according to one source. The new claims of alleged groping contradict statements by Massa, who resigned his office on Monday after it became public that he was the subject of a House ethics committee investigation for possible harassment.

Massa had said that the allegations were limited to his use of “salty language” with his staff. He apologized for making some inappropriate comments and argued he was being unfairly villified. Days later, Massa accused the White House and Democratic congressional leaders of trying to oust him from office to improve their chances of passing health care reform legislation. Massa could not be reached for comment Tuesday, and no one answered the phone at his home in New York or his campaign office. Staff at his former congressional offices declined to relay messages to him and said they did not know how to reach him.

According to two sources familiar with the probe, Massa’s former deputy chief of staff Ron Hikel provided the information about the staffers’ allegations to the House ethics committee three weeks ago. Hikel had earlier sought advice from Majority Leader Steny Hoyer’s office about brewing internal complaints, the sources said, and had been urged to report the allegations to the committee.

Creep Factor: 11!

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Update: It gets worse. Interns

The House ethics committee has received allegations that former Rep. Eric Massa groped at least three male staffers and conducted himself improperly with interns as well as full-time aides, a source familiar with the matter tells POLITICO.

One incident allegedly occurred when Massa traveled to San Francisco with an aide for a fundraising trip, a second source said.

Massa put himself outside the reach of the ethics committee by resigning his seat in a March 5 letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that was submitted on the House floor Tuesday.

The ethics committee announced last week that it had launched an investigation into allegations against Massa.

The former congressman, who claims he was pressured to resign because he planned to vote against a health care overhaul bill, has several television appearances lined up for Tuesday afternoon and evening.

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Just a reminder that I took a lot of crap from my friends on the Right for coming out early against GOP predator Mark Foley.

I know a creep-o-crat when I smell one.

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Update 5:17pm Eastern…Massa is on Beck…he opened by saying “he wasn’t forced out” of office and that he took responsibility and “owned his behavior.” Well, he has spent the last 48 hours claiming he was forced out. Which is it?

A yucky little chat about sexual indiscretion followed in which Massa mentioned the “tickle fights” he engaged in and stressed that they were not, in fact, sexual.

And next…Massa’s displaying x-rays of his tumor…

5:39pm Eastern. “Please don’t be a commercial,” Beck asks Massa. Massa continues to be a Democrat campaign commercial. Now saying the solution is “campaign finance reform.”

FAIL.

Beck apologizes for wasting America’s time. It was a painful object lesson, but in the end, I think, a useful one nonetheless.

FoxNews.com has the wrap-up.

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