Rasmussen: 54/42 against Pelosi’s health care rationing bill.
Give House Democrats credit: their latest version of the health care rationing bill actually moved the numbers a little. Just not in the way that they hoped. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced the House version of health care reform legislation last week, but most voters are still opposed to the effort. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 42% now favor the health | Read More »
Nancy Pelosi’s non-tort reform.
Jen Rubin: Remember Obama’s effort to try a “test” for tort reform? (We don’t actually need a test, since it has worked to lower medical malpractice coverage and help increase access to doctors in states that have tried it.) Well, Pelosi’s bill has an anti-tort-reform measure. On pages 1431-1433 of the 1990 spellbinder, there is a financial incentive for states to try “alternative medical liability | Read More »
Is ABC offering strategic, deniable editorializing…
…with their logo placement (via Hot Air)? Discuss. Moe Lane Crossposted to Moe Lane.
Speaker Pelosi, Senator Reid and the Bad Touch.
(Via @CalebHowe) If you still need it confirmed that Senator Reid lacks any ability to function in the outside world, you can see it here, in eighteen seconds. Madame Speaker, we have had our differences in the past: but if in the future you ever feel the need to knee Senator Reid in the testicles for touching you when you don’t want to be touched, | Read More »
Apparently Rep. Anna Eschoo (D*, CA) has a different definition…
…of ‘courageous stand‘ than I, and probably you, do: Pelosi’s silence on [PMA-linked Rep. Pete] Visclosky [D*, IN] has been deafening considering how quickly she moved to strip committee memberships from the last member of her brood to become the target of a federal investigation, former congressman Jefferson. Rep. Anna Eschoo, a California Democrat and one of Pelosi’s closest friends on the Hill, argues that | Read More »
Where it went wrong: Obama and Congress.
For the benefit of any hypothetical researcher from, say, the 2050s or so – hey, how are you folks doing, up there? Have the Cubs won a World Series yet? – let me just note the two major mistakes that the current administration made that seem to have seriously complicated the passage of their health care rationing bill. Choosing Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s approach on the | Read More »
The *confessed* un-Americanism of SEIU.
Ah, the problems with message discipline. Specifically: the problems with having the current Speaker of the House write things like “Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American” without checking to see first whether her minions over at SEIU are advocating doing precisely that: Action: Opponents of reform are organizing counter-demonstrators to speak at this and several congressional town halls on the issue to defend the | Read More »
We’re not the ones sending out the blueshirts, *Nancy*.
(Via RS Diarist rechief) Turns out that the Drudge rumor was right: Pelosi & Hoyer really did write an op-ed with the title ‘Un-American’ attacks can’t derail health care debate. And it’s precisely what I expected, too. Which is to say, an op-ed that can write this: Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American. …without even a hint of a sign of a suggestion that | Read More »
‘Mike Ross is Pelosi’s Lap Dog.’
That’s me fixing Roll Call’s title for it: Ross Is Blue Dogs’ Bulldog Months ago, Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.), chairman of the Blue Dogs’ health care task force, told House leaders and chairmen they’d better include Blue Dogs in the writing of their health care bill. But that didn’t happen. Now, Ross has become the rallying point for a massive revolt against the leadership health | Read More »
Is Pelosi holding off on the PMA probe because of Jim Moran?
Trying to ensure that Brian Moran’s bid for Virginia Governor isn’t overshadowed by his brother going to jail is as good an explanation as any for the Democrats’ unwillingness to throw a few of their own to the wolves. Although Chris Stirewalt’s theory (H/T: Instapundit): Americans generally have low ethical expectations for their politicians. A little double-talking or some womanizing or an oversized ego have | Read More »
Democrats, GOP both want Pelosi out of DC.
The former is claiming that having a Speaker with a 39% approval rating will only help the Democrats in swing districts: The vice chairman of the House Democrats’ campaign arm says Speaker Nancy Pelosi could play a critical role in the 2010 elections, and not the one that Republicans have in mind. GOP strategists have been signaling that they intend to make the San Francisco | Read More »
NRCC targets Democrats using Speaker Pelosi.
The NRCC will be launching a barrage of television, radio, phone, and physical advertisements today at specific Democratic-controlled House Districts. The theme of the message: Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s attacks on the CIA, the implications of those attacks, and the curious disinterest in selected House Democrats in facing up to those implications. The television ad for MD-01′s Frank Kratovil sums it up: If the CIA deceived | Read More »
Quote of the Day, Supreme Court edition.
Via Hot Air Headlines: “Conservatives itching for SCOTUS fight.” Remove the snide tone (which, to be fair, is much less than usual), and this Politico article pretty much sums up the GOP base’s attitude: it’s time to go waltzing Matilda. “The other side does not agonize about whether they are going to give a Republican Supreme Court nominee a difficult time, they just do it.” | Read More »
Be grateful the RNC didn’t call her ‘Miss Moneyspendy.’
Nothing much happened yesterday, huh? Aside from a lot of people yelling over this rather innocuous ad, apparently: Allahpundit and Legal Insurrection I’ll forgive: they’re merely offering tactical advice, not taking seriously Lefty faux-outrage currently being cataloged (along with other reactions) by The Other McCain, Little Miss Attila, Protein Wisdom, & The Sundries Shack. Personally, I’ll start taking said Left-outrage more seriously when they start | Read More »
‘Boehner to Pelosi: Put Up, or Shut Up.’
Whoops! I was channeling Maureen Dowd there, for a moment*. Anyway, the title is of course from Hot Air Headlines, and it refers to this story: GOP leader: Pelosi should show proof or apologize WASHINGTON (CNN) — A key Republican leader demanded Sunday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi produce evidence to back up her assertion that she was misled by the CIA on the use | Read More »
You can almost *smell* the relief coming from this Salon Prevarigate piece…
…because now they have an acceptable devil figure to blame it all on. Via @vermontaigne (and Protein Wisdom): Cheney’s torture trap for Democrats [Note: Salon defines 'waterboarding' as 'torture' throughout this article. Please calibrate your semantic filters accordingly. - ML] You might have thought getting torture back in the news would be a bad move for any Republican; after all, it was the Bush administration | Read More »
Latest on Prevarigate*.
It’s like a demented tennis match: CIA director says Pelosi received the truth CIA Director Leon Panetta challenged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s accusations that the agency lied to her, writing a memo to his agents saying she received nothing but the truth. [snip] Panetta, President Obama’s pick to run the clandestine agency and President Clinton’s former chief of staff, wrote in a memo to CIA | Read More »
Lieberman doesn’t know where Pelosi’s getting this ‘misled’ thing from…
…he’s been getting briefings from them for decades, with no complaints: See also here, here, & here. Ed Morrissey heard laughter in the above: I’m not as sure, but if it is there it’s both understandable and justified. Joe Lieberman’s taken a lot of garbage from Pelosi’s ideological cohorts over the years, and even though he’s easily given better than he’s gotten the thought of | Read More »
Strictly business, Madam Speaker.
A pair of stories (HT: Hot Air Headlines, here and here) illustrate the sudden appearance of troubles for the Speaker of the House rather neatly. First, the general: Democrats: CIA is out to get us Democrats charged Tuesday that the CIA has released documents about congressional briefings on harsh interrogation techniques in order to deflect attention and blame away from itself. and now, the specific: | Read More »
Speaker Pelosi has a new excuse for not opposing waterboarding.
The Speaker of the House has come up with yet another reason for why she didn’t say anything about waterboarding at the time: Pelosi defense: couldn’t object in ’03 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi learned in early 2003 that the Bush administration was waterboarding terror detainees but didn’t protest directly out of respect for “appropriate” legislative channels, a person familiar with the situation said Monday. The Pelosi | Read More »