Archive for ‘Democrats’

July 30, 2009

Will Dems Euthanize ObamaCare?

“The term ‘fiscally conservative Democrat’ is an oxymoron,” says Monique Stuart, who has a point. The Blue Dogs are the Oxymoron Caucus, but they are important enough to Nancy Pelosi that they were able to delay the ObamaCare onslaught:

A group of fiscally conservative House Democrats announced Wednesday they had reached a deal with the chamber’s Democratic leaders on a bill that would revamp the nation’s health care system.
Rep. Mike Ross of Arkansas, speaking for four of the Blue Dog Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said Wednesday that the agreement called for the panel to begin debating the bill later in the day, but for the full House not to vote until after the August recess.
Ross and the Blue Dogs had threatened to derail the bill in the committee because of concerns that it costs too much and fails to address systemic problems in the nation’s ailing health care industry. It was not immediately clear Wednesday if other Blue Dogs beyond the four represented by Ross would agree to the deal he announced.

More at The Hill, Roll Call and Politico, which scores it a victory Democrats for committee chairman Henry Waxman. True, the compromise allows the bill to move forward, but it is in some sense a small victory for opponents of socialized medicine.

It would have been a big victory if the Blue Dogs had told Waxman to shove the bill up his oversized nostrils. However, delay is delay, and slowing down this monstrosity buys more time to organize opposition, as the American Spectator‘s Philip Klein notes:

But by delaying the full House vote until September, it means that there will still be time for Blue Dogs to change their mind on the final bill if they take a lot of heat from their constituents during August recess.

In trying to rush this mess through Congress in July, the Democrats were making a very cynical move. Almost nobody pays attention to politics during the summer, so if Obama could ram a bill through before the August recess, it would be a fait accompli before most Americans had a clue what it was all about.

Today in Washington, I talked to a conservative communications strategist who pointed out the Democratic strategy: Forcing opponents to fight health care and card-check and Waxman-Markey all at the same time. It’s a tough fight, and the Aug. 22 Recess Rally is a chance for everyone to help.

July 23, 2009

MATSUI-GATE? California Democrat’sIntervention in AmeriCorps CaseRaises Questions on Capitol Hill

HUGE hat-tip to California blogger Eric Hogue for spotting a March interview with a Sacramento radio station in which Rep. Doris Matsui — the Democrat who represents California’s capitol city in Congress — vowed to get stimulus cash By Any Means Necessary:

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has asked U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui to help keep the flow of federal funds coming into the city.Johnson is not allowed to receive federal funds because of allegations his St. Hope-Hood Corps Foundation misused federal money.
Matsui, D-District 5, who appeared on the KCRA 3 Morning News on Saturday morning, said she believes Sacramento will get money, but she can’t guarantee it.”
Under any scenario, we are going to get the money. We are going to get the money,” she said. “I understand that process has to unfold. The mayor is dealing with that. We are dealing with the situation at the federal level. The city is taking the right steps. They have to disclose this, and we are moving forward.”
Matsui added that she has been in contact with White House officials and other members of the federal government.

More IG-Gate news where that came from. Trust me when I say that Hogue’s blog post made a big difference. Important people are paying attention and, to borrow the words of Ricky Ricardo — that hero of investigative journalists everywhere — I expect that Ms. Matsui has got some ‘splainin’ to do.

UPDATE 1:35 p.m.: Sigh. If a blogger breaks news and nobody links it, is it really news?

Tuesday night at Townhall.com, Eric Hogue asked, “Where is the media?” I’ve got a better question than that: “Where are Republicans?”

For months, I’ve complained about the cluelessness of Republican media operatives, and this is a perfect example of what I’m talking about. For some reason (and I say it’s because almost nobody in the GOP has ever worked in an actual newsroom) these people seem incapable of judging “news value.”

There is an observable tendency among GOP media operatives toward a talking-points approach to news: “I’ll push the stories that the RNC, etc., want me to push.” And then there is the star-system approach to news: “If it’s on Drudge or Limbaugh or Fox News, then it must be important — and to hell with everything else.” But why bother repeating what I’ve already said so often before? Nobody’s paying attention.

So here is Eric Hogue, pointing to definite indications of political influence in the firing of Gerald Walpin, and . . . nothing. That IG-Gate Update has been online at the American Spectator since 10:34 a.m., and except for Bob Belvedere, nobody is in the conservative blogosphere has even noticed.

Next time I run into some overpaid “Web 2.0” guru who tries to lecture me about why the GOP sucks at New Media, I’ll turn around and walk away. This is the only alternative to punching his fucking lights out.

July 22, 2009

ObamaCare: Health Rationing for Americans, Not for Illegal Aliens

Michelle Malkin’s new column:

Big Nanny Democrats want to ration health care for everyone in America — except those who break our immigration laws. Last week, the House Ways and Means Committee defeated an amendment that would have prevented illegal aliens from using the so-called “public health insurance option.” Every Democrat on the panel voted against the measure. . . .
At a time when Democratic leaders are pushing rationed care in a world of limited resources, Americans might wonder where the call for shared sacrifice is from illegal immigrant patients like those in Los Angeles getting free liver and kidney transplants at UCLA Medical Center. “I’m just mad,” illegal alien Jose Lopez told the Los Angeles Times last year after receiving two taxpayer-subsidized liver transplants while impatiently awaiting approval for state health insurance.
Now, multiply that sense of entitlement by 12 million to 20 million illegal immigrants. Welcome to the open-borders Obamacare nightmare.

Read the whole thing. And let me remind you that Michelle Malkin is author of the new blockbuster Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies, also known as Best. Book. Evah! (With apologies to any of my friends who forgot to thank me for “invaluable writerly advice” in their books.)

July 21, 2009

What Obama Says When OnlyLiberals Are On the Conference Call

Dan Riehl caught this notebook account:

Doing nothing is defending the indefensible
Opponents are offering up nothing and admit that they are just trying to stop it. He mentioned Jim DeMint and Bill Kristol as examples of obstructionism.
Liberal Bloggers have done an excellent job of debunking right wing myths…
Bloggers have played and will play a critical role in passing legislation.

John Amato of Crooks and Liars was the JournoLister stupid enough to transcribe Obama’s marching orders to the troops, even going so far as to provide audio.

Note once more Obama’s habit of debating straw men who favor doing “nothing,” as if “nothing” were the only possible alternative to the Democratic plan of shoveling another trillion or two of borrowed money out the door to pay for a Rube Goldberg contraption of innovation-strangling bureaucracy.

Exit question: Does anybody think Democrats will support “transparency” on ObamaCare any more than they support “transparency” on the TARP bailout?

June 17, 2009

Dear Angry Gay Democrats

I used to be like you — which is to say, I was once an angry Democrat, too.

“Born that way,” you might say. Well, I wasn’t born angry, but I was born a Democrat. Hard-core yellow-dog Democrat, too. I voted for Mondale, for crying out loud.

The Democrats paid me back the same way they always pay back their most loyal constituents: Those two-faced weasels stabbed me in the back. (I mean, really, what part of “From My Cold Dead Hands” is so hard to understand?)

OK, so now you’ve been ripped off, sold out, and stabbed in the back by the Democrats. Join the club.

Did you know Ronald Reagan started out as a Democrat? By his own admission, the Gipper was once such a “bleeding heart” liberal that he unwittingly joined two Communist Party front groups in the 1940s.

So if this latest knife in the back from your Democratic “friends” is one betrayal too many, maybe you should consider becoming an ex-Democrat, too. I mean, if you want to raise millions of dollars for untrustworthy politicians who oppose gay marriage, the Republican Party would certainly welcome your support.

I’m just sayin’ . . .

UPDATE: Some of you angry gay Democrats are probably asking, “But what’s in it for me?” Just because Republicans are never going to support your identity-politics agenda doesn’t mean they don’t have anything to offer you.

For example, think of the delicious fun of payback politics, evening the score with those Democrat bastards who sold you out. How do you think Cynthia Yockey became Ann Coulter’s favorite lesbian?

UPDATE II: Welcome once more, Instapundit readers! Just to clarify: I’m a married father of six with 20 years of monogamy to my credit, so the only person feeling my pain for the past two decades is Mrs. Other McCain. And despite the Speedo-filling studliness, don’t believe those porn-star rumors . . . LIES! ALL LIES!

On the other hand, some traits are hereditary and who knows what Other McCain Jr. has been up to . . .

UPDATE III: Little Miss Attila’s right: The GOP’s “incompetent half the time, but not truly evil.” Hmmm. Exactly what Mrs. Other McCain says about me . . .

June 15, 2009

Health-care townhall goes green?Obama cultivates the plants!

The MSM is asleep at the switch as Barack Obama fields “spontaneous” health-care questions from . . . a former Democratic Party candidate for Congress:

This questioner can be seen in a CNN video covering the Green Bay event. The woman is identified as “Paulette Guerin” and labeled as an “attendee” of the meeting on the CNN segment. In fact CNN got the spelling of the woman’s last name wrong, it’s not Guerin, but Garin. . . .
Garin was a recent Democrat candidate for Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District. Not only that but Garin is a proponent of a single-payer plan, as Obama was when he was a Senator from Illinois. In fact, Garin says right on her webpage that Obama is a proponent of the single payer plan and she urges fellow Wisconsinites to flood Congress with calls to implement the single payer system . . .

Jeff Gannon could not be reached for comment.

June 10, 2009

Why Terry McAuliffe lost

Look, I can’t claim all the credit but . . .

Who needs opposition research? Just send me to hang out at your opponent’s fund-raiser with a pink camera. I’m a one-man guilt-by-association smear. And then you can blame it all on the Brian Moran campaign. “No fingerprints,” as they say, and I neither confirm nor deny . . .

Fisherville Mike did his part, too. A nod is as good as a wink to blind horse, eh? Nudge, nudge.

May 27, 2009

What Part of ‘It Won’t Work’Is So Hard to Understand?

Dec. 8, 2008: It Won’t Work
Feb. 9, 2009: It Still Won’t Work
May 4, 2009: Hey, By The Way, Just In Case You Didn’t Notice, It Won’t Work
May 27, 2009: OK, Now I Will Speak Very Loudly So Maybe You’ll Understand: IT WON’T WORK!

Lather, Rinse, Repeat: IT WON’T WORK!

UPDATE: “Are the people of this country really that stupid??” Adrienne, did you ever hear of something called “the public education system”?

May 23, 2009

Against the Politics of Niceness

At the library Friday, I picked up Naftali Bendavid’s book, The Thumpin’: How Rahm Emanuel and the Democrats Learned to Be Ruthless and Ended the Republican Revolution.

It’s an excellent insider account of the 2006 congressional campaign, with DCCC chairman Rahm F—ing Emanuel as the protagonist. This outburst, from a May 2005 meeting between Emanuel, DSCC chairman Chuck Schumer and DNC chairman Howard Dean, is typical:

“You’re nowhere, Howard. Your field plan is not a field plan. That’s f—ing bulls—. . . . Look, Chuck comes from Brooklyn. I come from Chicago. It’s not Burlington, Vermont. . . . I know your field plan — it doesn’t exist. I’ve gone around the country with these races. I’ve seen your plan. There’s no plan, Howard.”

The old adage that nice guys finish last is quite true in politics. Some people have a 10th-grade civics class concept of “democracy” as something pure and noble, but if you’ve spent much time close to the process, you understand that “democracy” is a brutal, ugly business. It is not for fainthearts and starry-eyed dreamers.

So when Rod Dreher gets sniffy about Mark Levin or people act horrified by an implied slur in an RNC video, I just want to pound those weenies on the head and scream: “Wake the f— up, you clueless dingbats! The Democrats are eating Republican babies for breakfast, bankrupting our grandchildren, and giving major industrial corporations as gift-wrapped presents to their labor goon buddies! If you want to award gold stars for ‘plays well with others,’ go be a kindergarten teacher and leave politics the hell alone!”

Maybe when the grown-ups are through beating the Democrats, then we’ll have time to mind our manners like we were eating watercress-and-endive finger sandwiches at the Ladies Cotillion Society luncheon.

This is fight time, and the neurasthenic wussie-boys need to shut the f— up with their ceaseless whining. Meanwhile, anyone who’s interested in actually fighting the Democrats needs to read this book. We’ve got to find a way to reverse-engineer Emanuel’s take-no-prisoners approach to politics.

UPDATE: Stogie calls our attention to his post about Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, a book I read more than 10 years ago. It’s very insightful in terms of basic principles of political organizing.

I think Stogie would enjoy The Thumpin’ , because it gives excellent detailed accounts of various aspects of practical politics. One of the things I hate about intellectual-type pundits is their habit of “trendmongering,” where they’re always offering a “Big Picture” idea of where the country is going. But if you know anything about actual politics, you know that it doesn’t work that way.

Every “trend” is a function of mulitple distinct events. The objective of the political activist is to make those events happen or, as the case may be, to capitalize on events that happen beyond his control.

The defeatist attitude of Republicans toward MSM bias is an example of how people surrender the initiative because they see a “trend” — something beyond their control — rather than looking for ways they can make something happen to change the trend.

Another example is how Republicans allow themselves to believe that certain groups — minorities, women, gays, academics — are effectively off-limits to them as potential voters. Look, if only 4% of black voters are Republican, that’s still hundreds of thousands of voters. If you could identify those voters, organize and train them as activists, and support them in an effective outreach program, there’s no telling what you might achieve. But you’re never going to accomplish anything if you accept the “trend” and surrender the initiative.

A defeatist mentality guarantees defeat, because that mentality always counsels doing nothing and accepting the status quo. If the enemy is winning, and you do nothing, the enemy will continue to win. But even if you’re winning, if you content yourself with a do-nothing approach of defending the status quo, the enemy will sooner or later seize the initiative — as Rahm Emanuel did in 2006 — and then you’ll be forced to fight with an army grown weak and lazy by years of do-nothingism.

BTW, I also recommend Bare Knuckles and Back Rooms by veteran Republican campaign operative Ed Rollins. It gives you lots of detailed stories about individual campaigns, including the 1994 Senate campaign of Michael Huffington, where Rollins’ efforts were effectively sabotaged by Huffington’s idiot wife, Arianna. She’s typical of a certain type of dilettante who turns to politics as a fasiohable hobby, but can’t be taught anything because she is too arrogant to think she has anything to learn.

May 14, 2009

ObamaCare: Your Future?

Victims of government health-care speak out in this video from Conservatives for Patients Rights:

Democrats are trying to stifle debate.