You’ve Got To Be Kidding Me

The Hill has put out their 50 Top Beautiful People On Capital Hill issue.

Guess who ranks #4?

They credit a Facebook group called “I can’t say why, but I kinda think Nancy Pelosi is cute,” (and another group that was too crass to name) for their choice. That, and her Armani skirt-suits.

In all, 29 on the list were Democrats, 16 Republicans, and 5 other/unknown.

Because as we all know, Democrats are much more attractive than Republicans.

Hat tip: Wiserbud

Oh Jeez!

Wiserbud makes a good point:

I guess the sexiest woman in the world isn’t considered a Washington insider and therefore not eligible. Otherwise, the rest of the people on this list might as well have just fallen off the face of the Earth.

Dingy Harry Says Republicans Are Just “Jealous”

happy_harry_reid.jpgThe New York Times is reporting that the Dems in Congress are scrambling to post more legislative victories in the next few days to avoid a “Do Nothing” label.

As Democrats celebrated their minimum wage increase, which went into effect on Tuesday, Reid accused Republicans of having sour grapes.

“They resent what happened last November, they’re jealous of what happened last November, and they’re mad as hell at what happened last November,” Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, said Tuesday. “What they don’t want to acknowledge is what we’ve been able to accomplish.” (emphasis mine).

Do grown men really talk like this?

Democrats accuse Mr. McConnell and Congressional Republicans of deliberately trying to block the majority’s initiatives so they can then pin the blame on the Democratic leadership that was put in place in the 2006 elections.

They may have a point about that crafty Mitch McConnell who has been out foxing them at every turn.

“The way that they have proceeded, I am not sure that you can count on anything getting done, even those things that look like a fairly certain bet,” said Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona, a member of the Republican leadership.

Mr. Kyl did offer an apology for calling this a do-nothing Congress, saying that because Democrats had sent Mr. Bush legislation naming 20 postal facilities, it should be called the post-office Congress.

John Doe Provision Back!

The House Democrats that were seeking changes in the immunity provision were “overwhelmed” by the Lieberman-GOP coalition on the conference committee.

Fox News reports: After nearly a week of intense, behind-the-scenes wrangling, congressional negotiators late Tuesday agreed to include in the pending Sept. 11 security bill sweeping liability protections for citizens who report suspicious activity they fear might be linked to terrorism.

“This is a huge win — a hard-fought victory for House Republicans and, more importantly, for the American people,” King said.


Hat tip: KJL, The Corner

The Democratic Congress: Weak, Ineffective, Losers

Remember how we felt when the Democrats won both Houses, last November. How we shook our fists, and cursed at the stupid, feckless, Repubs for letting it happen, and licked our wounds by making fun of Nancy’s “New Age Of Freedom From Want” at AOSHQ, with over 1400 comments.

Remember Nancy Pelosi’s boastful swagger, “There’s a new congress in town!” and how the media swooned at the new, oh so witty (first ever!) female Speaker of the House.


The latest Zogby poll shows that just 13 percent of voters approve of Congress’ performance — well below President Bush’s 38 percent rating.

Fred Barnes at The Weekly Standard writes:

The biggest surprise in Washington in 2007 is who’s turned out to be the strongest force in town. It’s not Democrats, though they control the House and the Senate. It’s not a bipartisan alliance of moderates, who often imagine themselves as pivotal but never are. And it’s certainly not a conservative coalition, if only because there aren’t enough conservative Democrats in Congress to fill a closet at the Heritage Foundation. The most powerful group is President Bush and congressional Republicans.

Barnes says cooperation wasn’t expected between the White House and the Republicans in Congress because they blamed each other for the ‘o6 election outcome. Yet it happened.

True, Bush and the Republicans aren’t dominant. They’re a minority, but an unusually effective one. One measure of this: At the end of 2007, there will be more American troops in Iraq than when Democrats took over Congress in January. Another: Democrats have momentum on no domestic issue, not even health care. A third: Senate Republicans last week defeated an amendment urging Bush not to pardon former White House aide Scooter Libby and won overwhelming passage of another that says terrorists jailed at Guantánamo shouldn’t be transferred to U.S. soil.

On the downside for Republicans:

Democrats largely set the agenda in Washington, can hold all the “oversight” hearings they want, and have the votes to block confirmation of Bush nominees. Every national poll shows Democrats are more popular than Republicans, and their stand on most issues is preferred. They are raising boatloads more money than Republicans at both the presidential and congressional levels for the first time in memory. Just ask Sinistar.

On the plus side for Republicans:

Harry Reid.

Republicans have an inadvertent ally on Iraq–Reid, as maladroit a Senate leader as we’ve seen in years. His tactic of calling an all-night Senate session stirred more guffaws than favorable press reviews. His wildly partisan and often false statements have tended to drive wavering Republicans to Bush’s side, instead of luring them to vote with Democrats. And his decision to yank the defense authorization bill off the floor after the loss of cloture votes was widely viewed as peevish and counterproductive.

The guy is so weak and ridiculous some are starting to wonder out loud if he’s actually a Rovian plant.

Last week, Democrats and the media were excited that Reid got 56 votes, four short of the required 60, to impose cloture on an anti-Iraq war amendment, then pass it by a simple 50-vote majority. The assessment was Democrats were gaining, Republicans and Bush crumbling. But on the next cloture vote–on the Democrats’ most highly touted effort to force troop withdrawals–they got only 52 votes.

That was after his all night slumber party. Way to go, dingemeister!

Wake Up America quotes from Hugh Hewitt’s piece today:

After a couple of Republican amendments failed, Mitch McConnell took to the floor and offered his own amendment, which was a Sense of the Senate that Guantanamo detainees not be allowed released or moved to U.S. soil. To conservatives, this obviously makes sense. To liberals, especially California’s Dianne Feinstein, one of the chief proponents of the effort to close the detention center at Gitmo and relocate these detainees into the American justice system, especially when tagged onto a student loan and grant bill, you’d think this measure would go down in flames. Except a funny thing happened. The bill was titled in a way that you had to vote yes to vote no, and no to vote yes. The final vote was 94-3, officially putting the Senate on record as saying terrorist detainees shouldn’t be moved to the U.S. Before the Democrats, who clearly hadn’t read the amendment, realized they screwed up, the vote was recorded.

I’m starting to like Mitch McConnell again.

Back to the Weekly Standard article:

A reflection of Democratic disarray occurred last week after Democratic senator Ken Salazar of Colorado proposed an amendment to the higher education bill opposing a Libby pardon. It needed 60 votes to pass, but it got only 47. Forty-nine senators voted against it.

McConnell was ready with a stinging response: an amendment attacking President Clinton for his pardons as he left office in 2001, including at least one linked to his wife, New York senator Hillary Clinton. Before the clerk could read the McConnell amendment, Senator Chuck Schumer, her New York colleague, spoke to Clinton and she hastily left the Senate floor.

After the reading, Reid halted proceedings for a quorum call, returning 15 minutes later with a deal. He’d “vitiate” the Libby vote, invoking a rare procedure to erase a roll call vote from Senate records, in exchange for McConnell’s agreement to withdraw his amendment. McConnell agreed, and the vote was expunged, but not before Reid and Democrats were embarrassed one more time.

LOL! Love it! love it! love it!

Hat tip: Right Truth