Friday Free-For-All: Dems In Chaos

Cartoon by Tom Meyer of the San Francisco Chronicle, via Capital Confidential.

If you’re having a hard time gauging Nancy Pelosi’s chances in her bid for minority leader, you’re not alone.   Dems have been all over the map on the question.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she has the “overwhelming support” of fellow Democrats in her bid to become minority leader in the next Congress, and says she’s not to blame for the Democrats’ mid-term debacle.

“We didn’t lose the election because of me,” Ms. Pelosi told National Public Radio in an interview that aired Friday morning. “Our members do not accept that.”

Video via Breitbart TV added:

We can count the President among those who support her, Obama says: Nancy Pelosi has been an ‘outstanding partner’

President Barack Obama indicated Friday he didn’t believe Democrats needed new leaders in Congress, even after his party took what he has called a “shellacking” in the midterm elections.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who wants to remain the top Democratic House leader even as some moderate Democrats urge her to step aside in the wake of the new Republican majority, “has been an outstanding partner for me,” Obama said at a news conference in Seoul.

Losing up to 65 seats in the midterms is outstanding….for Republicans.

Politics Daily reported: Pelosi Claim to Minority Leader Post Not Sitting Well With Some Democrats

Party leaders sometimes step aside after crushing defeats, such as the Republican wave that rolled over at least 60 Democratic incumbents and wiped out Pelosi’s majority in the Nov. 2 election. But Pelosi offered no apologies and vowed to soldier on. Since many moderate and conservative Democrats were defeated, the thinking was that she probably had enough liberal allies to survive and run her diminished caucus as minority leader.

But Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) told the AP he sensed that “this may not be as much of a done deal as people might have thought.” Maybe Pelosi would reconsider her decision, Altmire said, “if enough people come out and voice a little discomfort with the idea of her continuing on.”

Boston Globe: Dissatisfaction with Pelosi mounting:

In a fresh sign of turmoil among defeated Democrats, a growing number of the rank and file say they will not support House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a politically symbolic roll call when the new Congress meets in January.

“The reality is that she is politically toxic,’’ said Representative Mike Quigley of Illinois, one of several Democrats trying to pressure Pelosi to step aside as her party’s leader in the wake of historic election losses to Republicans last week.

Pelosi startled many Democrats with a quick postelection announcement that she would run for minority leader. She has yet to draw an opponent for the post. Party elections are scheduled for next week, although a postponement is possible.

The scuttlebutt is that she’ll quit if she can’t be speaker. I give her a 60/40 chance. and having her as the face of the democrat party, along with Reid and Obama, will be a continued boon for republicans.

Byron York plays the part of “Captain Obvious” with: Dems extol facts and science but act on ideology

In the course of the Obama administration we have seen examples of Democrats in the White House, Congress and across the government pursuing ideological goals that are not only not based on facts and science and argument but actually fly in the face of facts and science and argument.

6) Do you think Michael Steele should be retained as the Chairman of the RNC?Yes: 14.7% (10 votes)
Not sure: 22.1% (15 votes)
No: 63.2% (43 votes) 

I was among the no’s.

Strategists familiar with the RNC who both support and oppose Steele agree there are between 40 and 50 of the 168 voters who will back Steele for a second term. Another 40 to 50 members will definitely vote for someone else. The remaining members, numbering between 88 and 68, are undecided.
Erick Erickson reports on Steele’s first challenger: Here It Comes

I was kinda hoping Sarah Palin would run for RNC Chair. I think she would be brilliant. But it looks like she’s serious about running in 2012 against Bam.
Hot air reports her prospects are looking promising in some quarters: PPP: Palin now leading in Texas, Maine, Wisconsin, West Virginia

Doug Giles, (Hannah’s daddy) gives us 10 Reasons Why Feminists Hate Palin. (This man is a trip!):

Energy czar Carol Browner needs to go the way of disgraced green jobs czar Van Jones: under the bus and stripped of her unbridled power to destroy jobs and lives in the name of saving the planet. ASAP.
I second that emotion and raise her a “Safe School Czar”, Kevin Jennings. I believe there’s room under that bus for him, too.

Pat Condell doesn’t respect my beliefs and doesn’t care if I’m offended. But that’s okay, because I respect his right to think whatever he wants to think, and say whatever he wants to say – which he does with great aplomb on a regular basis on YouTube. His thoughts on the subject of  Islamofascism are always spot on.

A school in CA made a kid take an American flag off of his bike, because it offended some other kids. Yes, the school buckled to the brats who complained  because it caused “racial tensions”.

“Safety” before patriotism.

The Blaze has an UPDATE on that story: School Responds: Boy Forced to Remove Flag for His Own ‘Safety’, Can Fly it Again

The school’s superintendent is now saying that the boy was told to remove the flag out of concerns for his safety, and that the school will allow him to resume his flag flying.

He caved in the face of the massive outcry.

News on the economic front:

Hot air: Obama fails to get G-20 to scold China for what Obama is doing with QE2

The G-20 just delivered a big message to Obama, which is that American leadership on economics is sailing away on the QE2.  Did he get the message?  Not exactly.  Obama tried to spin this into some sort of victory, saying that “sometimes we’re going to hit singles” rather than home runs.  This was neither; it was a whiff.

The Foundry: Morning Bell: The Obamacare Burden To Your State Budget

The Other McCain: Irish Eyes Aren’t Smiling

It’s not too late to take Glenn Beck’s advice and buy gold. But then again, ammunition, Coleman lantern fuel and freeze-dried food might not be bad investments, either.

I’m just sayin’ . . .

Key quote: Right Now, A Complete Collapse Of The Financial System Is Not Out Of The Question

Check back, more to come.

M. Catharine Evans at NewsReal Blog: A Genius Weighs in on the Insanity of the Left

Fyodor Dostoevsky shows how everything old is new again.

Ruby Slippers reports on W’s reaction to Reid’s treasonous words circa 4/2007: “It was one of the most irresponsible acts I witnessed in my eight years in Washington”

George W. Bush, in his new book Decision Points,weighs in on Harry Reid’s declaration, “this war is lost”.

On a related note, in case you haven’t read this yet, please take the time: A Desert Storm vet explains His decision to leave Air Force after 22 years

On a cheerier note, a hotel chain just successfully concluded a program that will  provide supplies to 350 troops:  The AmericInn™ Troop Giveback Concludes Reaching its Goal of 15 Care Packages.

Keep AmericInn in mind the next time you need a place to stay.

Cripes Suzette has a photo documentary of MO in Indonesia that will have you missing our former first ladies. Would any of them have done that in public? Seriously!

Bill Whittle : What We Believe, Part 6: Immigration:

The Blaze: Media Malpractice: CNN’s Parker Claims She Led Assassination of Palin:

Watch video at site…I typed up some choice commentary, then promptly deleted it because I’m supposed to be “Nice” Deb.


Linked by Michelle Malkin, and Doug Ross,thanks!



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