Let me remind you again: They can pass any bill they want any time they want. Conservatives can scream their heads off at these things and there’s not an ounce of good it’ll do if Democrats are united. This whole partisan “war” Obama and Axelrod have concocted is kabuki theater against an enemy they’ve already (momentarily) defeated; it’s the Blue Dogs’ fear that they’ll be thrown out of office if they vote for this travesty that’s put the left in the predicament they’re in.
While the Democrats may rant and rave about those repugnant Republicans, the real issue is that they can’t hold their own party together.
And despite controlling all the levers of power, Democrats (and their allies on left-wing blogs), as Amity Shlaes noted back in May, seem angrier than ever. Basically, the issue is more psychological than political, they need a target upon which to spew their venom. And since they’ve long hated Republicans, why take down the target now that the GOP is out of power?
Hi Ms. Douglas & Secretary Napolitano (since you are reading these, too):
I figured I would save you the trouble and send you an email right now so you can put me on your “Healthcare Enemies List” right away. No fuss, no muss, no fishy-ness.
You see, I have read the legislation… I do know what HR 3200 says… I’m not being paid to protest, as a matter of fact my industry is supporting healthcare reform! But I will continue to stand up against the Gestapo-like tactics of President Obama against those to oppose him for legitimate policy issues.
How dare you ask for my neighbors or my readers to inform on me. This is an outrage better suited in the former Soviet Union, Syria or Iran.
Just watch the clip that Nick linked and let me know if you believe Ma’am’s claim about silencing Republican protesters by reminding them that Ronald Reagan came from California. That one just doesn’t pass the smell test. If you have evidence proving me wrong (and Ma’am right), please provide it.
So, if she’s going to denounce protesters today whose goal (as she puts it) is “to hurt our President and to change the Congress,” I’m sure we’ll find ample video footage of her denouncing those protesting George W. Bush and his policies during the first eight years of the current decade. And taking issue with efforts of her own party to “change Congress” in 2006 and 2008. I mean, weren’t some of her allies then trying to “hurt our president” and change Congress?
Now, if Ma’am claims the protesters are too well-dressed to be sincere, let me show her a few pictures from protests in her own jurisdiction, i.e., California (taking at the April 15 Tea Parties in Santa Monica and Van Nuys). Since they’re not wearing suits and ties, will she now take these protesters seriously?
(If Ma’am is interested, I could send her more pictures of her constituents protesting in T-shirts and jeans — or similar attire. And if my California readers have pictures of Golden State protests where people are dressed in similar attire, send them here, maybe we’ll make a collage and take it to Ma’am’s office so she can learn a little about the folks she’s supposed to be representing.)