June 14, 2007


Democrats fear that the focus on the war has blurred (Jeff Zeleny, 6/13/07, , NY Times)

Democrats argue that it is high time for the party to turn its attention to domestic issues — energy legislation, immigration overhaul and lobbying reform — to allay concerns that Democrats have not achieved enough significant accomplishments during the first six months of their majority. But other Democrats are demanding a return to the Iraq debate, which Reid has now pledged to do this month.

The proposals will not be new. Rather, Democrats intend to reprise at least four ideas when the Senate considers the Defense Department policy bill: a measure to reverse the authorization for the Iraq war, set a deadline for troop withdrawal, block money for major combat operations after March 31, 2008, and increase readiness requirements for troops to be sent back to Iraq. "On Iraq," Reid said, "we're going to hold the president's feet to the fire."

Democratic congressional leaders have been stung by the decline in congressional job approval ratings.

A Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg nationwide telephone poll released this week found that 27 percent of Americans approve of the way Congress is handling its job, while 65 percent disapprove. And 29 percent of the more than 1,100 poll respondents, all registered voters, said Democrats were working to change how government is run, compared to 63 percent who said Democrats are governing in a business-as-usual manner. The margin of error was plus or minus four percentage points.

Pelosi said it had been difficult to convince some Democrats that despite their majority, they are limited in how they can change the president's Iraq policy.

They believed their own press clippings last November when the fact is the midterm was almost completely inconsequential.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 14, 2007 8:06 AM

The only big change I see is that Republican "Pork" gives us something and is bounded(Bridges, roads, infrastructure) when the Democratic Pork takes from us and is unbounded(headless nail programs, Federal Literacy program # 58, for example....). The first makes the country a better place, the second tears it down, but other then that, I see no difference between the two parties. Porkbusters should be proud of their work in getting the Democrats elected in November.

Posted by: Robert Mitchell Jr. at June 14, 2007 9:43 AM

Let us watch in admiration how Chimpy (supposedly dumb as a rock, remember) makes it look as though the Demcrats were in charge of everything, there is little they can do,

Posted by: Lou Gots at June 14, 2007 10:36 AM

Chimpy Von Bushhitler's governing style always reminds me of that line from Pulp Fiction:
"That's how you're gonna beat 'em, Butch. They keep underestimating you."

The Left, and now the lunatic Right, is so sure that Bush is some kind of gibbering idiot and yet he keeps coming out on top.

Posted by: Bryan at June 14, 2007 11:10 AM

Bush is some kind of gibbering idiot ...

Like the amicable dunce?

Posted by: ic at June 14, 2007 12:15 PM

You cannot achieve anything of any great legislative import in the US federal system with only a bare majority. That isn't a bug, it's a feature.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 14, 2007 2:46 PM