Thursday, 14 June 2007

Fizzing democrats

Don Surber on the Democratic Congress:

Democrats grandly took office in January, installing the first woman House speaker amid much fanfare.

San Francisco Democrat Nancy Pelosi promised the most ethical Congress in history. She promised open debate on the issues. She promised to get six things done in the first 100 hours of taking office.

Her first move was to try to get Jack Murtha elected as the No. 2 Democrat in the House. Murtha was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Abscam scandal.

That failed.

Next, she limited debate and amendments on her legislative pets.

Finally, her first 100 hours turned out to be about a month, as she redefined this not as normal time but as legislative time, which turned out to be about five hours a day.

Oh, and those five-day weeks she promised?

That turned out to be a few days in session a week as Congress took off for federal holidays, snow days (which cancelled two hearings on global warming) and the like.

Then Congress went on spring break.

Under Speaker Pelosi, the House of Representatives has worked like the caricature of a union shop.

Things in the Senate have been even worse under Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Democrats keep challenging the weakest administration since Jimmy Carter, and incredibly, prove to be even weaker.

Reid and Pelosi failed to get a timetable placed on withdrawing troops from Iraq, even after larding up a vital defense appropriation with $20 billion in pork-barrel projects.

Next came the Amnesty bill (or as proponents called it, the Immigration Reform bill), which failed to garner more than 45 votes, even with Republican support.

Finally, on Monday, the Senate tried for the first time ever to have a no-confidence resolution against Alberto Gonzales, the Mike Brown of attorneys general.

And the Senate failed. Even with Republican support.

Public support of the Democratic Congress is a Fizzie, too. The Los Angeles Times released a poll this week that showed only 27 percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, while 65 percent disapprove.

As I've said, a do nothing Congress. However, sometimes doing nothing is preferable to bad policy. Hat tip, Instapundit.

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