Calling for all ‘loyal’ party zealots to perform ritual seppuku on the Capitol steps, the House Madam has thrown down the gauntlet and stated unequivocally that we shall have a bill! Obama will have the ‘final’ version tweaked this week with a transparent veneer of some Republican ideas of no substance or consequence…the classic leftist window dressing.
Pelosi attempted on Sunday, in an ABC interview with Elizabeth Vargas, to assert that she ’shares’ views with the movement that she referred to as “astroturf”, last summer calling the Patriot Movement a ‘faux’ grassroots phenomena. I won’t even go into how lame the Vargas interview was, but safe to say she didn’t once challenge Pelosi’s bi-polar ramblings. Pelosi further stated that the “Tea Baggers” (Patriot Movement) were being controlled by the Republican party. Those of us in the Patriot Movement would dispute that vigorously, as would many in the Republican party itself. It does, however, point out the absolute disconnect between Nancy of the Smiling Eyes and the real world. Makes you wonder who she was pitching this meatball to though.
Her rallying cry to the party faithful was that their ‘jobs’ are secondary to passing this legislation by any means necessary, though that legislation is diametrically opposed to the will of over three quarters of the entire populace of the United States. There’s a lot of hoopla out there about whether the votes in the House are there, and Nancy is well known for her back room ball busting.
The statist-controlled Associated Press polled Democratic Representatives about whether they’d support the legislation. Supposedly, 9 out of the 39 ‘at risk’ bluedog Democrats would either be willing to consider changing their vote or would not commit one way or another. Three are retiring at the end of this term who may be willing to sacrifice themselves. The fact remains that the heat is definitely on these other thirty bluedogs. This doesn’t take into consideration the pro-life members that are unhappy with the provisions in the Senate version of the bill and who have stated they will not vote for the bill. Add to that any other Democrat representatives whose votes may have changed due to pressures from constituents and patriots and the math may not work out for the speaker at all.
Things aren’t always what they seem. Knowing what a third rail the term ‘reconciliation’ has become with the electorate, the Democrats are trying to change the language surrounding it by using terms such as “majority vote” and “up or down vote”, something they seldom afforded President Bush during his presidency. They know just what a super hot button issue this is and how very unpopular this President and this Congress have become.
It will be very interesting to see just how far they are willing to take this sleigh ride to political oblivion.
Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis
© Skip MacLure 2010