Friday, November 17, 2006
Majority flip -- Minority flop
The Media Pundits, after intense cheerleading for a Democratic take over of Congress, are now in the position of reporting on D-Winners awkward transition to power.
Yesterday Nancy, speaker in waiting Pelosi, lost her first leadership battle. She not only supported John, get out now, Murtha, she strong armed the new arrivals who had given their support to Steny Hoyer (D-Md) while on the campaign trail. It was a rout..149-86. Hoyer a competent, experienced deal maker had the votes sowed up a week ago and said so publicly..so did Murtha, say so, that is.
In the days prior to the secret vote, John Murtha's brush with bribery in 1980, his characterization of the anti-perks Ethics Package, as crap & his excessive use of "ear marks" to stock his district with pork, was written about in the liberal New York Times, the Washington Post et al, all hard hitting opinions dismayed at Pelosi's decision to pick this fight for an ethically challenged Murtha.
The grainy black & white FBI scam video was aired on every 24/7 Cable Channel..Nancy's election night promise, that the Democrats would run the most ethical Congress in history sounded like poo. In contrast, the Republicans, if they argued at all, did it behind closed doors and quickly chose the same old leadership. No surprises in the House, Boehner and Blunt took GOP top jobs.
In the Senate, Mitch McConnell took Minority leader and Trent Lott made a come back by handily defeating Lamar Alexander for the Minority whip position. Lott was tossed out of the Majority Leader slot when he praised Strom Thurmon, a segregationist at his 90 something Birthday Party. The victory was sweet for Lott who had been treated shabbily by his Senate cohorts and the WH. Frist took his spot and didn't do as well herding the cats as the supreme schmoozer.
Just hours after the Democratics' sweep of both Houses of Congress, congratulatory messages started to flood in from Anti-American enemies and Bush haters. Al Qaeda in Iraq was giddy with the expectation of their own sweep through Iraq. They added that they dream of blowing up the dirtiest House in the USA, the WH.
Europe interpreted the Dem win as a condemnation of the Bush Administration by the American people. All the critics are hopeful that the Dems' defeatist attitude will rule and Al Qaeda & Iran will be given free reign by the Pacifist Party to easily dominate Iraq, moveon to the Arab States and ultimately visit us here at home or deliver a package in time for Christmas.
General Abizaid testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee this week and clearly explained the dire consequences of a precipitous withdrawal from Iraq. Hillary Clinton, speaking as the standard bearer for the Democrats, expressed the conventional incompetence so prevalent with Democrats at War: She bemoaned: "Hope is not a strategy." Abizaid countered her pessimism: "Either is despair. When I come to DC I feel despair. When I'm in Iraq with my commanders, when I talk to our soldiers, when I talk to the Iraqi leadership, they are not despairing. They believe that they can move the country toward stability with our help. And I believe that.."
If Democrats get their way and our troops leave before Iraq can defend itself, not only will thousands of our Iraqi allies be slaughtered or enslaved, the entire region threatened by an emboldened bunch of thugs and the reputation of our Military and Country's committment defamed..but the responsibility for this catastrophe will belong to the defeatist Democrat Party...they may have won the election, but they'll lose the War.