May 7, 2006


Confident Democrats Lay Out Agenda: Party Plans Probes Of Administration If It Wins the House (Jonathan Weisman, May 7, 2006, Washington Post)

Democratic leaders, increasingly confident they will seize control of the House in November, are laying plans for a legislative blitz during their first week in power that would raise the minimum wage, roll back parts of the Republican prescription drug law, implement homeland security measures and reinstate lapsed budget deficit controls.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) said in an interview last week that a Democratic House would launch a series of investigations of the Bush administration, beginning with the White House's first-term energy task force and probably including the use of intelligence in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. Pelosi denied Republican allegations that a Democratic House would move quickly to impeach President Bush. But, she said of the planned investigations, "You never know where it leads to."

The GOP should steal a march and call a vote to reimpose Gramm-Rudman, but it's not a vote-getter, nor are any of these little bete noires the Democrats are talking about. The GOP took advantage of a Rightward post-War tide in 1994 and ran on issues that polled at 80%. Democrats are fighting the tide and propose to run on pet peeves?

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 7, 2006 7:52 AM

What have they got against the elderly they want to roll back the drug program?

Posted by: Sandy P at May 7, 2006 11:32 AM

Oh man. It's gonna be a bloodbath in November. I can't wait. And the whining and wailing -- and charges of GOP vote stealing -- as yet another Lib delusion about regaining power comes crashing down to earth will be glorious to watch.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at May 7, 2006 12:52 PM

Bush timed Medicare Part D very nicely for the fall election because by then millions of seniors will have enjoyed months of lower pharmacy bills and any talk of rolling it back would be political suicide. A nice touch is the monthly accounting, spelling out the savings in a very clear and easy to understand format. The savings are considerable especially on medications not available in generic form.

If the Dems want to touch this, they are indeed well past reason.

Posted by: erp at May 7, 2006 1:03 PM

"plans for a legislative blitz during their first week"

Impeachment proceedings, don't forget to tell the base you will start those.

The GOP in '94 promised its mostly internal to Congress actions (like making Congress subject to its own laws) to take place in 100 days, and after barely meeting that deadline, was left with a "what'll we do next" attitude that lead directly to the gov't shutdown fiasco later in the term. So Dems, Go for it!.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at May 7, 2006 1:36 PM

Ms. Pelosi had a rough go of it with Tim Russert this morning, having to smash her foot down on the brake and steer into the spin to keep from rolling off the road when she almost endorsed manditory taxpayer contributions to pay for all federal elections (which was my second favorite moment of the Sunday shows I saw this morning, the first being George S's Freudian slip while interviewing Tom DeLay, when he referred to Nancy as "Speaker Pelosi"). Six more months of interviews like this and Hastert can keep his office and OJ may have his 60-40 GOP margin in the Senate.

Posted by: John at May 7, 2006 9:41 PM