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Democrat Theater

Today's political theatre began at the House Financial Services Committee with Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) when she castigated the captains of the universe for raising her credit card fees, a rebuke that at once detailed both the depth of her banking industry knowledge and literary clichés (Tom Wolfe should sue her for brand impairment). Waters' comments were met with the classic deer in the headlights look from the eight assembled bank CEO's (and an unusual caution by Chairman Frank to "calm down").

But not to be outdone, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stole the show on Capitol Hill at another meeting by rolling Speaker Pelosi in an embarrassing display of political chutzpah and backstabbing. The Politico comments:

According to a half dozen Congressional aides and members, Reid went before the cameras Wednesday to announce a stimulus deal before Pelosi had agreed on all the details of school construction financing.

"It's ruffled feathers, big time," said a House Democrat speaking on condition of anonymity. "The speaker went through the roof."

Added one House Democratic aide: "He tried to roll her and she knew it."

With friends like this who needs Republicans?

Conservatives can find encouragement in today's comedy of errors if they continue to coalesce around the principle of loyal opposition and rediscover fiscal sanity. Beginning with the market's overwhelming disapproval of Treasury Secretary Geithner's lightweight performance in the Senate yesterday, Democrats are off to an underwhelming start with a highly unpopular spending bill. The first several weeks of the new Democrat Majority of post partisan hope and change finds the Republicans unusually united while President Obama and the Democrats busy themselves in a their own knife fight.


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"Democrats busy themselves ... (Below threshold)

"Democrats busy themselves in their own knife fight"

Personally I think that "circular firing squad" also captures the current state of affairs nicely. Good post, Hugh.

For some reason, this bring... (Below threshold)

For some reason, this brings back memories of seeing the looting in N.O. except I see Reid taking the big screen out of Pelosi's cart while she's got her eyes on some other piece of loot.

"With friends like this, wh... (Below threshold)

"With friends like this, who needs Republicans."

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha....

LOL Mike, still choking on ... (Below threshold)

LOL Mike, still choking on that one.

They think the average Amer... (Below threshold)

They think the average American was at the Obama-Opera show.

Well, when you come down to... (Below threshold)

Well, when you come down to it, with Maxine Waters you're not exactly talking high IQ to begin with.

Frankly, this has all becom... (Below threshold)

Frankly, this has all become so weird I now believe I'm living in the Matrix. I am also trying to figure out whether Geithner is trying to be obtuse enough to intentionally shake the Market's confidence and have it tank more. I mean these folks are now relying completely on fear and uncertainty to get the Generational Theft Act of 2009 railroaded to a quick vote.

GarandFan -With Ma... (Below threshold)

GarandFan -

With Maxine, I think you're talking about negative numbers. She walks in, and the average IQ of a room (no matter how many people may be in it) is halved.

That takes talent. (As well as natural ability...)

"while she's [pelosi] g... (Below threshold)

"while she's [pelosi] got her eyes on some other piece of loot.

Yeah, a plastic surgeons office and 40 gallons of botox.






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