Thursday, November 09, 2006

Oh My God!

They botched the post-war planning!

Senior House Democratic aides said Pelosi and other Democratic leaders have otherwise done almost no preparatory work on taking over physical control of the House.

Pelosi has not appointed a trusted Democrat to oversee the transition to Democratic rule, a tactic former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) employed when the GOP won control of the House in the 1994 midterm elections.

Pelosi was very sensitive to accusations by President Bush and other Republican leaders that Democrats "were measuring the drapes" at the Capitol for a takeover, they purposely delayed any transition planning.

"[Pelosi] put the nix on anyone doing the transition," said a high-ranking Democratic aide.
Not only that, but the leadership has become over-confident, even though they don't really know who's in control.
Current Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) was not similarly hesitant, formally announcing his bid for the Majority Leader's office early Wednesday morning and confidently predicting that he will secure the post when Democrats vote in leadership election on Nov. 16....

But Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) - who stunned fellow lawmakers when he announced in June that he would campaign for the Majority Leader post against Hoyer - re-affirmed his own interest in the office Wednesday.
Furthermore, they're refusing to let the people know what, if any, plans they have. Murtha will only communicate through partisan mouthpieces:
"I'm working diligently now trying to convince people that I'd make a good balance" to the leadership team, Murtha said in an interview with National Public Radio.

The Pennsylvania lawmaker declined to be interviewed for this article.
And Emanuel refuses to address the press at all:
One day after Democrats decisively seized control of the chamber from the GOP, one of the architects of that victory - Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rahm Emanuel (Ill.) - remained mum about his plans despite speculation that he could run for Majority Whip.
Perhaps worst of all, confusion reigns everywhere, the leaders don't seem to understand the situation on the ground, and fears of an insurrection have made people nervous:
Murtha, who is the ranking member of the House Appropriations subcommittee on Defense, also defended his decision to seek the leadership post, asserting that not only is the office an "open seat" in the new Congress, but arguing that he outranks Hoyer in the Caucus hierarchy.

"There's Nancy Pelosi, [Appropriations Committee ranking member Rep.] Dave Obey (D-Wis.) and myself, and then Hoyer is listed after me in the power plays," Murtha said on NPR.

That assertion bewildered at least one Democratic House lawmaker, who spoke on the condition of anonymity: "In my mind that shows a lack of understanding. I like Mr. Murtha but that's not just the way it is."

"There is real genuine concern that we don't want to see a divisive leadership fight, just at the time that we're seeing tremendous success and tremendous unity and harmony and good feelings in the Caucus," the lawmaker added.
Note how fearful people are to go on record, in fear of reprisals. There have even been reports of looting:
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) wasn’t “on the clock” very long in the first day of the biennial House office lottery before she snagged the personal office of the man whose other office she had just won on Tuesday — Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.).
Here's another report of unrest on the streets:
Those Crazy Nelsons. Great election night for Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.). Not so great though for his son, Charles William Nelson — he goes by Billy and/or Bill Nelson Jr. — who allegedly got rip-roaring drunk and belligerent and wound up in jail.

At least he waited to go off the deep end until after introducing Daddy at the Senator’s re-election victory party. Just hours after Nelson’s speech, police arrested Junior in downtown Orlando near the Embassy Suites where the victory party was held and charged him with battery of a law officer, disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest without violence, according to the Miami Herald.

Police responded to calls about a drunken street brawl and when an officer on bicycle arrived on the scene he found “Nelson, a second unidentified man and a woman who appeared to have passed out.”
How could they have screwed up the occupation so badly?

2 comments:

Pastor_Jeff said...

Quagmire!

U.S. out of Washington now!

No blood for (something)!

Icepick said...

No blood for slush funds!