June 16, 2006


Democrats call for 'new direction' (UPI, Jun. 16, 2006)

Democratic Party leaders in the U.S. Congress Friday announced a "new direction," with a plan that seeks affordable healthcare and fiscal responsibility.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., issued a release claiming the "failed Bush Republican leadership has taken America in the wrong direction."

"Our new direction will advance a common agenda, seek common ground, and apply common sense in the service of the common good," said Pelosi.

What kind of misbegotten focus group can possibly have been that wild about the boilerplate word "common?"

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 16, 2006 5:00 PM

"affordable healthcare and fiscal responsibility"

Pick one.

Posted by: Ed Driscoll at June 16, 2006 5:26 PM

Rodeo? Billy the Kid?

Posted by: ghostcat at June 16, 2006 5:30 PM

they sound like a bunch of commonists.

Posted by: JonofAtlanta at June 16, 2006 5:51 PM

Hey, I love all the "commons". It could have been used even more:

"Our new common direction will commonly advance a common agenda, seek common ground, and apply common sense in the common service of the common good," said the common Pelosi.

Posted by: Brandon at June 16, 2006 6:03 PM


Fanfare for the Common Man.

Posted by: Rick T. at June 16, 2006 6:47 PM

Boy, the 60's really were the high water mark for political sloganeering, weren't they?
Has anyone been keeping track of all the oddball slogans coming out of the Democrats lately? A couple of weeks ago, it was "America working together" or something like that.

Posted by: Bryan at June 16, 2006 6:52 PM

The Democrats also have commonality on the WOT - NOT. Nancy Pelosi's garbled response to Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday (replayed many times on Rush yesterday and today) is a classic.

"Yes, exactly. Er, no. The House doesn't support it. I don't know. I don't know what Senator Clinton's position is."

I suppose they could say that their insanity is, well, common. As in a common-mode failure.

Posted by: jim hamlen at June 16, 2006 7:20 PM

With the Democrats, it's usually best to assume that what they say is misdirection. Probably the strategizing went like this:

"We can't come up with a Contract-With-America policy agenda. We're just a collection of interest groups who have nothing in common."

"Yes, and we need to conceal that. Let's campaign on how we have a common agenda that's common in every way."


Posted by: pj at June 16, 2006 7:37 PM

P.D.Q.Bach's "Fanfare for the Common Cold" seem's more appropriate.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at June 16, 2006 7:39 PM

Why can't the Democrats just be honest about their agenda (more marxism, sodomy, and abortion), and see if they can get the votes. If not then they should just do the decent thing and go away.

Posted by: lebeaux at June 16, 2006 7:53 PM

"Join us, and the world will be as one!"

Posted by: Dave W at June 16, 2006 8:46 PM

Rick T:

Some days the irony detector on this blog seems to have a dead battery.

Posted by: ghostcat at June 16, 2006 9:16 PM

These sorry sacks of something just don't get it. THEY have been the wrong direction America has been heading in.

Come on, Democrats, start talking about "common-sense gun control." It's easy--we all know you can do it! All your polls have been telling you this is a winner for you.

Posted by: Lou Gots at June 16, 2006 10:00 PM

The focus group was mumbling. They were really saying, "Oh, come on."

Posted by: David Cohen at June 17, 2006 12:04 AM

Jonofatlanta: "bunch of commonists" - very nice

Posted by: Jay Ostrander at June 17, 2006 12:29 AM

"Common" is chick bait.

Posted by: ghostcat at June 17, 2006 1:11 AM

David, a good one!

Posted by: erp at June 19, 2006 1:20 PM