Remember all the pomp and circumstance surrounding the Democrat takeover of both the House and Senate? How excited they were because, finally, things would change.
Speaker Pelosi was cranked up and ready for battle with the Republicans — her facelift set at DefCon-5. The Senate was ready to take advantage of their slim margin and use every ounce of their political skill and media pull to keep the fact that an ex-Klansman was third in line for the presidency from making headlines, while at the same time having the gall to keep calling Republicans racist.
Now, mere months later, judging by all the outrage from the left over all sorts of various disappointments, you’d think we were back to the heyday of the Gingrich revolution in the mid-90’s. What happened?
All in one day — yesterday — Kennedy’s Immigration Deform Bill sank like a ’69 Oldsmobile. An angered Kennedy then asked what we would do with the 12 million illegals. “Send them to Hyannis Port” is an option that I assume is off the table.
Then in the House, a bill to prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from using taxpayer dollars to impose the Fairness Doctrine yet again passed 309-115. It’ll be tough for Democrats to “even the playing field” of talk radio when they can’t even get other Democrats on the bulldozer.
One problem for the Democrats is evidenced by the Immigration Deform Bill. It’s no secret that Democrats have been trying to bring down Bush since he and the Mrs. were measuring for curtains in the Oval Office. Congressional Democrats have been trying to sink the president at every opportunity. They’ve called him vile names, they’ve accused him of crimes, and they’ve questioned his intellect and common sense.
Then many Democrats, not to mention some Republicans, agreed with Bush on an issue and wanted us to believe, for one shining moment, that Bush — the man they’ve spent the last few years telling us was wrong at every turn — was right. So, in essence, the Democrats got Bush in a political death-spiral and then had to jump on the plane with him just before it hit the ground. This should be a lesson for politicians of the future, but chances are it won’t be.
Democrats are also finding that they’re a bit like the Republicans — even when they’re in control, they can’t maintain control. That’s about the only truly bipartisan trait in Washington these days.
All in all, Teddy and company have had a bad week. I think they were happier in the minority, don’t you? It’s tougher to play the victim when you’re in the majority, and that’s what they’re best at.