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Nancy Pelosi & the Democrats’ Politics of Obstruction

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 7:22 pm - October 26, 2006.
Filed under: 2006 Elections,Bush-hatred,National Politics

On the first anniversary of President Bush’s second inauguration — and the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Gipper’s first — I called the Democrats, “the Party of Obstruction, noting how the Democratic leadership of both the House and the Senate was eschewing constructive efforts to work with the Republican majority and uniting their caucuses to oppose the president’s initiatives. They weren’t interested in effecting any compromises with him, just blocking any proposal he put forward, merely because he had put it forward.

In a recent interview with 60 Minutes, potential Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi made clear that should her party win control of Congress next month, she will continue this practice of obstruction. Claiming that the election is about the President and Vice President, she would be satisfied to make “them lame ducks.”

So, although the President was elected to a four-year term — and given that Pelosi claims she has taken “off the table,” she believes a Democratic majority should render him ineffective. In other words, she remains more committed to preventing the nation’s Chief Executive from accomplishing anything than in working with him to promote the national interest. No wonder she threatens “to deny plum assignments to members who vote with the Republicans.

Contrast this with House Speaker Newt Gingrich, the last Republican Speaker to serve under a Democratic President. In his two terms as Speaker (1995-99), while often at odds with Bill Clinton, that Democratic President, he and House Republicans worked with the Chief Executive to forge a consensus domestic policy, passing landmark welfare reform and balancing the federal budget.

While often derided as a vindictive partisan, Gingrich was able to overcome whatever partisan animosity he had to serve the national interest. Pelosi, however, has not indicated she has no intention of overcoming hers. She said she “was being gentle” when she “called her Republican colleagues ‘immoral’ and ‘corrupt,’ and . . . said they [were] running a criminal enterprise.

If, in the last few days of the campaign, the GOP makes clear Pelosi’s record of obstruction, they should have no trouble building on their momentum of the past few days and holding onto the House. No wonder Mrs. Pelosi has been virtually absent from the campaign trail — in stark contrast to Newt Gingrich in 1994, the last leader of the House minority to lead his party to majority status in mid-term elections.

Of Harry S Truman and Last-Minute Surges to the Incumbent

Back when I was in high school and Harry S Truman was (as he remains) one of my political heroes, I wrote a paper on the 1948 election. And while the conventional wisdom long has been that the polls predicting that his Republican opponent Thomas Dewey would defeat him for reelection that year got it wrong, I recall coming across one article saying that the polls weren’t wrong, just out of date.

Back then, there were only a handful of polls (as opposed to the plethora today). The scholar who had written that article noted that the last poll (showing a Dewey victory) taken that year had been completed two weeks before the election.* No wonder that polls failed to detect the last-minute surge to the Democratic incumbent.

This year, less that two weeks away from the fall elections, with more regular surveys of the electorate, we see some signs of momentum “flowing in the right direction,” that is, toward the GOP. Couple this surge with evidence that belies MSM reports of a depressed GOP base that “the GOP base does seem pretty angry – angry at the Democrats, angry at the media, angry at those who keep telling them they’re not going to show up on Election Day,” it seems that while the Democrats are certain to make gains this year, it won’t be the blowout they — and their allies in the MSM — have been predicting.

In the Senate, Republican candidates are surging ahead in Tennessee and Virginia while inching ahead in Missouri and closing the gap in Rhode Island, Montana and even Minnesota. And there has been similar momentum in House races. While it seems likely that the GOP will hold onto the Senate, the battle for control of the House remains too close to call.

As we head into the campaign’s final stretch, the GOP could still hold onto the House if its Get Out the Vote (GOTV) effort is as good as advertised and if Republican candidates convince voters that they are better able to govern than the Democrats. Given that the Democrats has so far not offered much in the way of an agenda for America, it still seems likely that many last-minute voters will opt for the incumbent party as they did here in 1948 and in Britain in 1992.

Whether that last-minute surge will be enough to protect their majority in the House is, at this moment, anybody’s guess.

-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest)

* I have tried to track down that poll online, but have failed to do so. It would be interesting to see how accurate my memory is here, whether the last poll in 1948 was taken two weeks before the election (as I remember) or at some other interval.

UPDATE: Over at Hugh Hewitt, Dean Barnett seems to share my sentiments, agreeing that the “House is going to be really close.” Looking at the polls, he finds that “Across the board, races are tightening.” Looking at his e-mail, he finds that e-mails from disgruntled conservatives “have disappeared.” He sees that as a sign that “the troops coming home just in time for Election Day.” And he highlights a problem for the Democrats:

The problem for the Democrats right now and their abettors in the media is that they’ve puked up so much bile, the public has chosen to look away. If the New York Times were to leak yet another classified document, the Republican base would become more motivated while the independents who don’t pay attention to politics would roll their eyes, sensing that the act has gone stale.

Now that I’ve whet your appetite, just read the whole thing!

HRC Fires Staffer Who Orchestrated Foley ScandalStatement Raises More Questions About HRC’s Involvement

(see below)

Welcome to readers from Instapundit, Corner, Wizbang, Polipundit and The Anchoress.

This is a stunning development in efforts to peel back the onion of the Mark Foley scandal and expose who knew what and when they knew it.

I have been flying back to Charlotte for most of the day, so I have been unable to “elevate” the comment by Brad Luna of the Human Rights Campaign to a full posting.  I emailed Brad last evening asking the HRC to respond to Dan’s posting challenging Joe Solmonese to respond to the accusations that the entire Foley affairs orginated at the Human Rights Campaign.

“The email exchanges in question between former Congressman Mark Foley and a House page have been in the possession of bloggers and media outlets for some time now. Yesterday, it came to our attention that an HRC employee, hired just last month to work for us in Michigan, was responsible for initially posting these emails on his blog. We investigated the matter, determined that HRC resources had been inappropriately used, and let him go. No one at the Human Rights Campaign, other than this individual, had any knowledge of his activities,” said Brad Luna, Spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign.

Luna’s statement was also emailed to the blogger of “Stop October Surprises” who is the first to connect the dots linking the Human Rights Campaign to the bogus blog “Stop Sex Predators”.  SSP, you will recall, was the blog set up to leak out the details of the Foley connected the dots.  We now know that a former employee at HRC was behind the entire affair. 

I have repeatedly highlighted the HRC’s involvement in the Foley affair from the start.  Many of you dismissed it.  But the HRC has finally admitted it.

So my questions now are the following:

  • What is the name of the fired HRC employee? 
  • When did the HRC employee come into possession of the Mark Foley emails?
  • Why did he hold them until October, instead of going to the proper authorities immediately if he truly wanted to expose a potential sex predator?
  • What did the officials at HRC know about the Foley matter before today?
  • What connections might the fired HRC employee have with the two-year old “outing” campaign targeting gay Congressional staff?
  • Were other HRC employees involved in this conspiracy?
  • Does this former HRC employee have any connections to Democrat Party officials?

Finally, it is worth noting that one of the central figures in the Foley affair is also a Board of Directors member of the Human Rights CampaignJeff Trandahl, the former Clerk of the House.

I think the HRC needs to come clean and fully explain to those of you who give them money exactly what the hell they are up to.  This entire matter has put every gay American into a bad light by equating child predators with being gay.  The HRC has a responsibility to tell us what they know and when they knew it.  They are now directly responsible for the anti-gay atmosphere that has emerged from the scandal that one of their own employees helped launch.

**UPDATE** — The New York Times has picked up the story.

A liberal gay rights group said Wednesday that one of its employees, acting anonymously, had created the Web site that first published copies of unusually solicitous e-mail messages to teenagers from former Representative Mark Foley, which led to his resignation.

A spokesman for the group, the Human Rights Campaign, said it first learned of its employee’s role this week and immediately fired him for misusing the group’s resources. The scandal surrounding Mr. Foley, a Florida Republican, has been a burdensome distraction for members of his party in the month before the midterm elections, and some Republicans have speculated that the e-mail messages were planted by a Democrat.

The rights campaign’s spokesman, David Smith, said the employee, whose name he declined to disclose, was a junior staff member hired last month to help mobilize the organization’s members in Michigan. “The minute we learned about it we took decisive action,” Mr. Smith said.

The Miami Herald and other news organizations have acknowledged obtaining copies of the same e-mail messages months ago but declining to publish them because of their potentially ambiguous contents.

Ummm.. I thought the Hypocrite Rights Campaign was “bi-partisan”?  (LMAO).  And, thank goodness for the bloggers who alerted the HRC this week about their rogue employee doing all of these things mysteriously with no knowledge of the HRC hierarchy, according to them.  (Yours truly was one of the bloggers who put the HRC’s feet to the fire, thanks to Dan’s post.)

Finally, wthere is smoke there is fire…. keep watching the truth come out over at StopOctoberSurprises!  That’s where this HRC bottom-feeding was uncovered.

This is the HRC’s version of Rathergate.  Let’s see how the largest gay rights group in America handles their worst scandal.   Many deep pockets will be watching.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Moonbattery From The Pelosi Neighborhood

“San Francisco Values” on full display….. (hat tip: V the K)

Carolyn Abst, owner of a San Francisco architecture firm, had thought her neighbors would appreciate her attempts to revitalize and bring jobs to the cesspool known as the Tenderloin district. She was wrong.

One of her plans involves paying young derelicts to plant trees in an area that can use any beautification it can get. Locals were outraged. Matt Bernstein Sycamore, aka “Mary Hedgefunds” — a drag-queen and former prostitute who is a member of the activist group Gay Shame — sputters that homeless “youths” (i.e., runaways and budding young hobos) should not be asked to do “grunt work” like planting trees, because “It’s exploitation.”

The Tenderloin is populated largely by bums, pimps, drug addicts, transvestites, and prostitutes. Folks like Sycamore aim to keep it that way, and fear that any attempt to clean the place up might attract despised normal people like Carolyn Abst and distract from the more important issues of meeting the needs of prostitutes and providing subsidized housing to lowlife degenerates who don’t want to be “exploited” by working.

Sickamore doesn’t live in the Tenderloin anymore, but that doesn’t stop him from righteously campaigning to prevent others from making it livable. Fighting at his side is a retired stripper who claims her real name is Daisy Anarchy. Head of Sex Workers Organized for Labor and Civil Rights, Ms. Anarchy specializes in disrupting neighborhood meetings aimed at improving the area. “I’m giving voice to the voiceless,” she screams.

Nice gay role model for the rest of America to see…. 

Dear God, I pray Nancy Pelosi goes the way of other Communists….

And sooner, rather than later, please.  I don’t want an al-Qaeda nuke blowing up my city because of the ascension to power of The American Terrorist Coddling Party.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Best Name In 2006 Elections

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 6:14 am - October 26, 2006.
Filed under: 2006 Elections

I’m sorry…. I know it is juvenile…. but I just can’t resist.

We have a Republican candidate running for Superior Court Judge in North Carolina named Richard Boner.   Yep, Dick Boner.

You really can’t make this stuff up.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)