More Democratic broken promises

Posted by: ST on January 2, 2007 at 10:09 pm

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nov. 10, 2006:

“Election’s over. The only way to move forward is with bipartisanship and openness and to get some results. And we’ve made a commitment — the four [Bush, Durbin, and &?] of us here today — that that’s what we’re going to do.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Nov. 9, 2006:

“Democrats are ready to lead, prepared to govern and absolutely willing to work in a bipartisan way.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, November 8, 2006:

“The American people voted for a New Direction to restore civility and bipartisanship in Washington, D.C. Democrats promise to work together in a bipartisan way for all Americans.”

[…]

“We will work with Republicans in Congress and the Administration in the spirit of partnership, not partisanship.”

Speaker Pelosi now (emphasis added):

As they prepare to take control of Congress this week and face up to campaign pledges to restore bipartisanship and openness, Democrats are planning to largely sideline Republicans from the first burst of lawmaking.

House Democrats intend to pass a raft of popular measures as part of their well-publicized plan for the first 100 hours. They include tightening ethics rules for lawmakers, raising the minimum wage, allowing more research on stem cells and cutting interest rates on student loans.

But instead of allowing Republicans to fully participate in deliberations, as promised after the Democratic victory in the Nov. 7 midterm elections, Democrats now say they will use House rules to prevent the opposition from offering alternative measures, assuring speedy passage of the bills and allowing their party to trumpet early victories.

Nancy Pelosi, the Californian who will become House speaker, and Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, who will become majority leader, finalized the strategy over the holiday recess in a flurry of conference calls and meetings with other party leaders. A few Democrats, worried that the party would be criticized for reneging on an important pledge, argued unsuccessfully that they should grant the Republicans greater latitude when the Congress convenes on Thursday.

[…]

Democratic leaders said they are not going to allow Republican input into the ethics package and other early legislation, because several of the bills have already been debated and dissected, including the proposal to raise the minimum wage, which passed the House Appropriations Committee in the 109th Congress, said Brendan Daly, a spokesman for Pelosi.

“We’ve talked about these things for more than a year,” he said. “The members and the public know what we’re voting on. So in the first 100 hours, we’re going to pass these bills.”

But because the details of the Democratic proposals have not been released, some language could be new. Daly said Democrats are still committed to sharing power with the minority down the line. “The test is not the first 100 hours,” he said. “The test is the first six months or the first year. We will do what we promised to do.”

LOL! Translation: We’ll start working with Republicans after we get these few bills passed we’ve been wanting to … maybe.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss, but liberal – and a complete phony.

Also blogging about this: AJ Strata, Coldhearted Truth, Atlas Shrugs, Ankle Biting Pundits, Texas Rainmaker, Rhymes With Right, GOP Bloggers, Gateway Pundit

Wed AM Update: The Prez. calls the Democrats’ bluff. Work with me, he asks them. How much do you want to bet that he’s already fully aware that they won’t and never had any intentions of doing so?

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    1. AJB says:

      Meet the new boss, same as the old boss, but liberal – and a complete phony.

      That’s quite a bold statement to make about a Congress that has yet to convene. Also, do you have any idea how efficient the GOP-led Congress was at suppressing dissent and enacting partisanship?

    2. I think that’s why I said “meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”

      Do you have any comment whatsoever on what Pelosi said then versus what she – via her spokesman – and other Dems are saying now? The Republicans aren’t in control anymore. Democrats are. Please share your thoughts on what Democrats said then versus now. Clearly, Democrats aren’t planning to practice what they preach, after ragging Republicans for years about “partisanship” and “unwillingness to work together.” Your thoughts on that?

    3. NC Cop says:

      Wow, Rolling Stone claims it’s the worst Congress ever. That sure means alot…8-|

      Perhaps we could ask Rachel Ray for her opinion on nuclear fusion.

      What a shock that 9 out of it’s 10 worst congress members were Republican. Think they’ll have the same article next year? Doubtful.

    4. Great White Rat says:

      House Democrats intend to pass a raft of popular measures as part of their well-publicized plan for the first 100 hours. They include tightening ethics rules for lawmakers, raising the minimum wage, allowing more research on stem cells and cutting interest rates on student loans.

      Excuse me??? Is this WaPo piece supposed to be opinion or objective reporting?

      These are “popular” measures?? Popular with whom, exactly? Maybe with Lyndsey Layton and Juliet Eilperin, the WaPo reporters.

      Anyone remember how the Contract with America measures were characterized by our oh-so-objective MSM? Probably the mildest term you could find would be “controversial”. More likely, you’d find words like “divisive” or “ultra-conservative”.

      More propagandizing from the MSM. About as expected. :-w

    5. Great White Rat says:

      AJB, get serious. This isn’t DU or Kos. You can’t come in here with an article in (snicker) Rolling Stone, of all places, written by a partisan hack like Taibbi, and expect anyone here to take you seriously.

      By the way, you failed to mention that the exact same level of partisanship was conducted for 40 years by the Dems when they ran Congress until 1994. It’s part of the system. That’s why most of us here knew Pelosi and Reid were lying through their teeth with the November pronouncements right from the start.

      So maybe you want to explain why it’s only a bad thing when Republicans do it, and why it’s good when the Dems do it. Please do try….nothing’s quite so amusing as a troll trying to explain away history with some fantasy or conspiracy theory.

    6. PCD says:

      I love the Democrat trolls. They hit and run like Al Qaeda. Sometimes I wonder if there weren’t more formal meetings and accords between the Democrats and Al Qaeda, like telling Bin Laden where we thought he was so he could escape bu using MSM reporters as their conduit.

    7. MinorRipper says:

      There isn’t a chance in hell that Bush penned this morning’s WSJ editorial by himself–too many big words. Please see why Al Gore will be our next president at http://www.minor-ripper.blogspot.com

    8. sanity says:

      Al Gore the new president?

      All I can say is…

      =))=))=))=))=))=))=))=))=))

    9. jpe says:

      The republicans have already had their input for this raft of bills; all were considered and rejected by the previous GOP led congress.

    10. Lorica says:

      =)) I can’t even bring myself to click this link. I have to conclude that anyone who believes that Al “I blame cow flatulence” Gore will be our next President, obviously spent too much time watching Al’s movie. – Lorica

    11. Lanie says:

      hopefully the so-called blue dog dems will vote against some of these more ridiculous bills.

    12. Great White Rat says:

      Sanity or Lorica will be President before Al Gore will. Come to think of it, I’d vote for either of them before I’d vote for Algore… :d

    13. NC Cop says:

      Please see why Al Gore will be our next president

      Iran, Syria, N. Korea and Al Qaida are sure praying that you’re right!!!!! Can’t imagine why?!?!?!??!!?

    14. NC Cop says:

      Sometimes I wonder if there weren’t more formal meetings and accords between the Democrats and Al Qaeda,

      Why not? If Drunk Driver Kennedy can try and make deals with the Soviets at the height of the cold war, why not make deals with our worst enemy right now?

    15. Lorica says:

      I WOULD LOVE TO BE SANITY’S VICE PRESIDENT!!!! – Lorica

    16. May I be the official WH blogger when you two are elected? :D

    17. Lorica says:

      DONE :D REASON NUMBER TWO TO LOVE BEING VICE PRESIDENT!!! :x:x:x – Lorica

    18. sanity says:

      I don’t know, I just always thought common sense would be something ..errr..common. Something everyone would have, but reading the news, watching celebrities, watching politicans talk and act…sometimes you have to wonder just what the hell were they thinking?!?!?

      I don’t ALOT about gore, but has he always been green, or is this a reinventing of himself to make himself look popular?

      Speaking of vice prezs, PBS is going to be running a special about “The Dark Side” and they kept showing VP Cheney through the commercial for it. I guess they still can’t drop that Darth Vader theme they are trying to throw on VP Cheney.

      After 9/11, Vice President Richard Cheney seized the initiative. He pushed to expand executive power, transform America’s intelligence agencies and bring the war on terror to Iraq. But first he had to take on George Tenet’s CIA for control over intelligence.

      Richard Cheney and “the dark side” … George Tenet and the CIA … The flawed ’02 National Intelligence Estimate … Office politics … the war in Afghanistan

      PBS: FRONTLINE

    19. Mwalimu Daudi says:

      Lorica – before you agree to be Veep, consider this story:

      Two brother grew up. One ran away to sea and the other became Vice President of the United States. And neither one was ever heard from again.

    20. Severian says:

      Heh…vice presidents, reminds me of Tom Lehrer’s song about Hubert Humphrey when he was VP:

      Once a fiery liberal spirit,
      Oh but now when he speaks he must clear it,
      Second fiddle’s a hard part I know,
      When they won’t even give you a bow.

      We must protest this treatment,
      Says each newspaper reader,
      As Mozart once remarked to Schubert,
      Take me to your lieder.

      :d

    21. sanity says:

      ST, here is an idea….

      Open up another thread, and lets play a little bit of make believe. Instead of doing like hte democrats and play make believe in the basement about impeaching the president….lets do a “What would you do if you were President?”

      We have a wide array of ideas and thoughts, and I for one would truly be interested to see how everyone would handle the problems the President faces, from foriegn policy, wars, terrorism, immigration, illegal immigration, domestic policy, trouble in the party, rumors, the media, opposition (democrats vs republicans), handling disasters, etc.

      I think this would be an interesting debate, because it seems many think our current president is either dumb as a box of rocks or the most devious man in the world. Being too stupid to pronounce nuclear but so devious he outsmarted the entire democrat party in voting for a war…ect.

      I would be curious how everyone would handle what he has had to handle.

      How do deal with media that is out to get you?

      Leaks?

      Upstart regimes like N. Korea and Iran?

      etc.

      I really think this would be an interesting debate.

    22. Mwalimu Daudi says:

      Severian: Here is what I have done – as President-for-life of my own country.

    23. Lorica says:

      Please Gentlemen!!! The daily breifings with Dear Sis, will make it more than worth it. /sings Heaven, I’m in Heaven. /dances =)) – Lorica