Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Cruising the web

Ouch! The WSJ find the ultimate insult by calling the majority party the "Tom DeLay Democrats." The Democrats have adopted all the tactics that they came into office pledging to end. The question is whether it is possible to run Congress without adopting such tactics and giving in to all the special interests that influence each party.

Nick Gillespie explains why the Democrats' health care proposal is so unpopular. It's not really a great idea to pass a huge bill and then assume that once people find out what is in it, they'll come to love it. How has that worked out for TARP or the stimulus?

Even Nancy Pelosi laughs at Barack Obama's campaign promises. Yeah, the whole idea of The One fulfilling what he promised to do as he portrayed himself as someone who was all hopeandchangey and able to bring about a real change in Washington. Who would have thought that a simple letter from Brian Lamb, the one person in Washington that no one can say anything bad about, could so embarrass the Democrats.

"Democrats are dropping like flies." Thus says ABC News. First Byron Dorgan announces he's bowing out, we're expecting Chris Dodd's announcement today, and the Democratic governor of Colorado, Bill Ritter is announcing he won't run for reelection. Add in the Michigan Lt. Governor. They're just not finding it a very hospitable environment out there for Democrats this election year. As a Republican, I regret Dodd's announcement. The Democrats will probably hold that seat.

Dorothy Rabinowitz details why Janet Napolitano is the Homeland Security director that the Obama administration deserves. Her circumlocutions such as "man-made disasters" instead of terrorism might be awkward but they're revealing of the administration's wish to separate themselves from anything reeking of Bush-era policies.

While the Republicans used the ping-pong method of reconciling bills when they controlled Congress, the Democrats have resorted to the technique much more since they took control after the 2006 election, thus demonstrating that once one party comes up with a technique to implement their desired policies, the other party will adopt it when they have the chance. Think of it as a legislative arms race.

Fresh from predicting that the Democrats would take up immigration this year, TNR now has a post by Bradford Plumer arguing that cap-and-trade is not yet dead and the the Democrats will try to push it through this year. I can't believe that they're that suicidal to take up both a hugely controversial and divisive bill as well as one that would be so damaging to the economy. But they might regard this as their last chance to achieve such items on the Top Ten Liberal Wish List.