The democrat party is in trouble. Big trouble. Captain Barack Schettino has run the SS Partito Democratico into the rocks just off Obamacare island. It’s listing heavily, taking on water and the rats are jumping ship.
After 40 years in Congress, George Miller (D-CA) is retiring. Miller has been a Pelosi capo for much of that time. Another Pelosi confidante, Henry Waxman (D-CA), has also read the tea leaves is headed for the exit.
These are ominous signs for the democrat party. It’s not as though Republicans aren’t retiring but these are democrats in positions of real power. And they know.
This isn’t what democrats predicted. Over and over they promised Obamacare would boost their electoral aspirations, none more so than the feckless Obama sycophant known as Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
“I think actually that Democrats will be able to run on Obamacare as an advantage.”
Politico ran an article titled “Nancy Pelosi’s tough times.”
I’ve bookmarked it so when I am unhappy I can return to it for a mood lift.
For House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the bad news keeps piling up.
On Thursday, longtime Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman, a Pelosi ally and fellow Californian, announced he would retire at the end of this Congress. That closely follows Rep. George Miller’s (D-Calif.) decision to also leave the House at the end of the year.
While Democrats should hold both seats, the departures put more districts in play. Perhaps more important, the retirement of two Pelosi friends — both of whom would be chairmen in a Democratic majority — bolsters the GOP argument that their grip on the House is solid.
National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden (Ore.) called Waxman’s retirement a “clear indication … that the House Democrats don’t think they’re going to be wielding the gavels next time.”
The NRCC will use the Miller and Waxman retirements to raise money and lean on business groups and wealthy donors to back GOP candidates, arguing that the writing is already on the wall for Election Day and they’d better get on the winning side now.
Pelosi was even forced to deny rumors on Thursday that she too was retiring. More than a dozen Democrats called her personally to find out what was going on after a story speculated she might step down.
Be still my heart. If only.
There has been no one so consistently wrong about Obamacare as has Nancy Pelosi. Her words are now legendary.
Well, they passed it and we still don’t know all that’s in it. When asked a couple of years later about that obviously direct quote, Pelosi claimed that her words were “taken out of context.”
Pelosi said that the quote “was taken out of context” and it is most often quoted “by the far right.”
Then she said there is no bill:
We don’t even have a bill written yet. The Senate has not acted. And that really, the president really thought he was going to get a Republican vote in the Senate… You can’t say it’s in the bill, read it, ’cause there is no bill.”
Yet she had read the non-existent bill:
Also, Pelosi said “we read the bill.”
Pelosi also promised that everyone would have lower rates and better care.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqONZAN_Us0[/youtube]
She then was um, unexpectedly unable to remember saying that:[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04-MwSPcdAI[/youtube]
She promised that democrats would stand tall for Obamacare[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXz0YO7FcDM[/youtube]
And she was utterly humiliated by Jonathan Stewart[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Yut2jE5-aQ[/youtube]
This is the woman who had to have it passed before we could find out what’s in it- the woman who had three years to watch a failure develop knows nothing about nothing. She shoved it up our you know whats but she is not responsible for its incompetence?
She is a disgrace. She’s a partisan fool.
Obamacare has become an albatross around the necks of vulnerable democrats:
President Barack Obama was barely out of the Capitol after delivering his State of the Union address Tuesday before members of his own party began distancing themselves from the president, and they’re running as fast as they can.
In an interview with CNN after the speech, Alaska Sen. Mark Begich, one of the most vulnerable Democrats up for reelection this year, took aim at Obama’s focus on using executive actions to go around Congress. ”I’ll be anxious to see what these executive orders are,” he said. “But if they go too far you’ll clearly hear push back from me. There’s no question about it.”
Begich also criticized Obama on energy, objecting to his calls to end oil and gas tax incentives and opposition to opening up more of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling. He added that he has no interest in campaigning with Obama, but is open to showing Obama why his policies are wrong.
Obama is downright radioactive:
Obama’s post-speech roadshow conspicuously excludes any state where vulnerable Democratic incumbents are up for reelection. And in Wisconsin, where Democrat Mary Burke is trying to unseat Gov. Scott Walker this fall, the candidate is avoiding Obama’s scheduled appearance on Thursday. Earlier this month, North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan avoided an appearance with Obama in her home state.
These are ominous signs for the democrat party and Obamacare faces an even worse 2014.
Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia rarely holds his tongue (and never his punches), but he was the loyal Democratic soldier when it was time to vote for Obamacare. His pending retirement from Congress has freed him now to finally say what he thinks about the president’s takeover of the nation’s health care.
Mr. Moran joins a group of departing Democrats conceding what everyone knows: Obamacare is a train wreck. An airliner crash. A battleship aground on the reef. Pick your metaphor. “I’m afraid that the millennials, if you will,” Mr. Moran tells Washington’s WAMU-FM radio, “are less likely to sign up. I think they feel more independent. I think they feel a little more invulnerable than prior generations . But I don’t think we’re going to get enough young people signing up to make this bill work as it was intended to, financially.”
His analysis is spot on, but that’s small consolation. “I just don’t know how we’re going to [fix] it, frankly,” says Mr. Moran. “If we had a solution, I’d be telling the president right now.” Now he tells us.
Belated it is, but Mr. Moran’s assessment is a breath of fresh air in an environment where the Obama administration talks about “surges” in enrollments and tells “success” stories that don’t bear the weight of scrutiny. Obamacare was sold to the nation on a similar foundation of lies.
With Democrats’ grasp on the Senate increasingly tenuous — and the House all but beyond reach — some top party donors and strategists are moving to do something in the midterm election as painful as it is coldblooded: Admit the House can’t be won and go all in to save the Senate.
Their calculation is uncomplicated. With only so much money to go around in an election year that is tilting the GOP’s way, Democrats need to concentrate resources on preserving the chamber they have now. Losing the Senate, they know, could doom whatever hopes Barack Obama has of salvaging the final years of his presidency.