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Pelosi, Reid and Congress Thrown Under the Bus?

In their article Pelosi Vents About Gibbs, Politico writers Jonathan Allen and John Bresnahan shared that

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi bashed White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs Tuesday night, even as the president’s top spokesman continued to backpedal from his assertion that Democrats could lose control of the House in the November election.

“How could [Gibbs] know what is going on in our districts?” Pelosi told her members in the caucus meeting in the basement of the Capitol Tuesday night. “Some may weigh his words more than others. We have made our disagreement known to the White House.”

The hostility escalated when Democratic lawmakers accused the White House of losing the messaging wars. Are some Dem lawmakers implying that if President Obama, Gibbs et al had done a better job of “selling” their non-working policies to the American people, House Dems wouldn’t be facing the prospect of such huge losses in November?

This is a wake up call to Ms. Pelosi and those who stand in lock step with her – If you have a good product – it sells itself.

I think we would prefer better crafted legislation to a better sales pitch. Putting the check mark next to the “DONE” box just to parade around with a giant gavel and goofy smile pasted on your face does not substitute for putting Americans back to work, passing health care legislation that won’t bankrupt the country or passing a stimulus bill that actually stimulates something beyond pet pork projects.

Even Arianna Huffington, a big Obama ally, has complained bitterly that the Wall St. reform package doesn’t go far enough or protect us from “too big to fail.” Then again, she is another political opportunist who has lately taken to agreeing with Tea Party protests and even Sarah Palin. She must be seeing the writing on the wall, too.

It is appalling that Congress does not intend to pass a budget this year — something else they wish to sweep under the rug so as not to damage themselves further in advance of the midterm elections, perhaps. Outrageous spending and a lack of responsiveness to constituents’ concerns is a far more reasonable explanation for the poor prospects of Democrats this fall than President Obama losing the “message wars.” How about winning the competence war and going on a few less vacations?

On Meet the Press on Sunday, here is what Press Secretary Gibbs had to say:

“I think there’s no doubt there are enough seats in play that could cause Republicans to gain control. There’s no doubt about that. This will depend on strong campaigns by Democrats,” Gibbs said on Sunday.

By the next morning, Democratic strategists were fuming privately that he had handed Republicans a great fundraising and voter-motivation tool.

Gibbs and other White House officials have been backpedaling, in carefully measured steps, ever since.

Speaker Pelosi also complained that Obama favors the Senate and helps them in their fundraising efforts far more than he helps the House, which has shown great loyalty to him.

The Senate love fest may be coming to an end as well. Embattled Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid went on the record saying that President Obama is not “firm” or “foreceful enough” with his Republican opposition. This prompted the bellicose Ed Schultz of MSNBC to complain Reid just called the President a “wimp.” The “timing is horrible” says Shultz. No kidding:

Looks like Harry doesn’t feel the wind at his back, given that Sharron Angle is besting him in the polls in Nevada at the moment. Other historically “safe” Senate seats are in trouble as well. Fiorina is polling ahead of Boxer in CA for the first time. Even Russ Feingold’s seat is not quite safe.

Apparently, Ms. Pelosi and her cronies missed the memo on how this politics stuff works.

The President is going to do everything he can to save himself. If that means throwing Congress under the bus so he can have a Republican foil to do battle against, making more of his straw man arguments, then he will. If that helps in his re-election bid, that is Job One.

Did Nancy and Harry think when they threw Hillary under the bus, they were going to be rewarded for it?

These two are not the only Presidents-by-Proxy to find out they are dispensable.

  • FembotsForObama

    Don’t you really mean Milwaukee, WI instead of Southside Chicago?  ’Cause of our awesome welfare bennies and limited requirements they all fled up here.  Then W-2 came into existence. 

    It is sad and disgusting what has happened to the great Bronzeville of Milwaukee (the Black economic bastion during the early part of the 20th century).  Those neighborhoods are mere shells of themselves now.  It’s tragic!
     

  • FembotsForObama

    Can we add my favorite …  A command of facts does not result in a command of logic.

  • FembotsForObama

    BO is most definitely NOT the most powerful person in the WH or DC for that matter.   The string pullers on the other hand …. 

  • jbjd

    PS, it’s just like in ET!  You thought he was dead and you were all crying and everything and then, suddenly, you saw his heart light up under the plastic sheet!  Hurray ET!  Hurray irony!

  • jbjd

    PS, I generally don’t speculate but I would bet I know why RG has a job.  Posting that COLB on the electronic on-line advertising platform, “Fight the Smears” in June 2008, was his idea.  And he keeps saying so. Publicly. (Only, he omits the part about FTS being an advertising campaign, per the accreditations in the footnotes, as required by the US Code.)  http://jbjd.wordpress.com/2010/06/26/press-bill-press/

    BO is not necessarily the most powerful person in the WH.

  • Buzz-water cracker-Latte

    Oops!  ”literally” not litterally.  The humans and fur children distracted me.  Sorry.

  • Buzz-water cracker-Latte

    It’s really called the Ouroboros.  It’s in mthology and litterally means killing yourself off in order to re-invent or start new.

  • jbjd

    NLBiB, no, HRC didn’t have enough votes to take the nomination on pledged delegates alone.  (Given that she only took little more than 50% of Texas popular vote; even if caucuses and primaries allocated votes/delegate evenly, she still would not have enough delegates.  But the ratios were not even, set up specifically not to be.  The TDP is involved in a suit brought by LULAC arguing violation of the Voting Rights Act by assigning delegates/district without prior court approval for the plan. Note that this represents one of the few legal violations arising out of the caucuses in Texas.)

    And buying off super delegates was obviously corrupt; but this ploy never came into play as BO reached the requisite number of delegates without them, ‘by acclamation.’  

    No; what lost this nomination for HRC was what Nancy Pelosi pulled off at the Convention to hide the votes from pledged delegates from vote binding states.  (I have alluded to this on my blog but, I am still writing the article on that final piece of the fraud puzzle – and remember, I am only exploring violations of law – that HRC, pulling off such a strong showing notwithstanding all the fecal matter NP et al. threw at her, left NP with no other choice but to throw the Hail Mary pass at the Convention.  Only, unlike bribing the press to advertise the HRC ‘lost’ meme; hiding votes from HRC pledged delegates from vote binding states is against the law.

  • Annie Ak Mak Cracker

    The arrogance of Dodd wagging his finger at anyone is too much to contemplate.  He’s a damn crook.

  • Obama: Dubya 2 Electric Boogaloo

    Like Colin Powell said, “you broke it you own it.”

  • Obama: Dubya 2 Electric Boogaloo

    ergo, the pet rock. Now we have the pet Obama…

  • creeper

    Ooooo…new word, Ouroboros.  Nifty, Buzz.  Thanks.

  • creeper

    What is the State of Connecticut putting in its drinking water, anyway?  The poor voters there are going to have to choose for Senator between a man who lied about his Viet Nam service and a former WWE lady wrestler who slapped her own daughter in front of thousands of people. 

    (Yes, I know pro wrestling is theater.  Sorry, but people who consider violence to be entertainment don’t strike me as sterling examples of the best this country has to offer.)

    Joe Biden and now these two.  C’mon, Connecticut.  Can’t you do better than this?

  • oowawa

    Oh gawd . . . and I gave him the Nobel Peace Prize . . .

  • TeakWoodKite

    Like a drunk Europe awoke in the am from a one night stand and looked over at BO, something akin to ….well … I’ll leave it to your own secrets to imagine.

  • AbigailAdams

    Good one. 

  • AbigailAdams

    I don’t think they are as much used as they used to be.  At our house, however, is one that is so often used (kids, you know) that when I say “Live”  they say “and Learn!”  Then I reply with “But so long as you’re learning, otherwise it doesn’t count.”

    I like the one you wrote — oh so true.  Another one: Failing to plan is planning to fail. 

  • FLDemFem

    owawa, don’t warn ‘em!! Trip them with the walker and smack them upside the head when they go down with the oxygen bottle! You’ve got tools of pursuasion, use them!!
    8-)

  • FLDemFem

    There is another old Chinese saying, a curse actually, which I think is being inflicted upon us now. “May you live in interesting times.”

  • FranSC

    Did you see the video of the Townhall meeting where a CA congressman was asked about the new black panther party incident in Phila./AG Holder/the DOJ dropping the case?  That guy had the guts to say to this already agitated room full of his constituents, “I’m sorry but I don’t know anything about that.”  The whole room erupted in cries of foul and people heard saying, “That’s why I’m not voting for you.”  He had to be terrified that he was going to be strung up right then and there.