President Bush has been a “total failure” in everything from the economy to the war to energy policy, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday. In an interview on CNN, the California Democrat was asked to respond to video of the president criticizing the Democratic-led Congress for heading into the final 26 days of the legislative session without having passed a single government spending bill.
Pelosi shot back in unusually personal terms.
“You know, God bless him, bless his heart, president of the United States, a total failure, losing all credibility with the American people on the economy, on the war, on energy, you name the subject,” Pelosi replied. She then tsk-tsked Bush for “challenging Congress when we are trying to sweep up after his mess over and over and over again.”
You know, Flying Spaghetti Monster damn her, she’s full of shit. Rather than a failure George W. Bush has been a spectacular success. He has upended the Middle East, invaded a country that was no threat to the United States in any way shape or form, and triggered a civil war that in combination with the U.S. invasion has killed over three million people.
No I’m not counting the hired killers of the U.S. army, the National Guard and Blackwater. Our famulsy “Free Press” does a good job of that.
And Bush’s crowning achievement? The shredding of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constutition. You know —
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
Of course this has been in the cards for some time. Need I remind you all of an NYT item from November 8, 2006?
“House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi promised Wednesday that when her party takes over, the new majority will not attempt to remove President Bush from office, despite earlier pledges to the contrary from others in the caucus.
“I have said it before and I will say it again: Impeachment is off the table,” Pelosi, D-Calif., said during a news conference.”
Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a second political party?
White House spokeswoman Dana Perino defended Bush.
“What the president said is a fact – this is the longest a Congress has gone in 20 years without passing a single spending bill, so it’s clear that the speaker is feeling some frustration at their inability to do so.”
Pelosi’s outburst was a departure. Her usual practice in public has been to call Bush’s policies a failure – not his presidency or him, personally. Pelosi’s remarks are the latest evidence of the Democrats’ throw-caution-to-the-wind approach to Bush in the waning days of a presidency weighed down by an unpopular war and soaring gasoline prices.
Election Day, after all, is just over four months away; Bush’s successor takes his seat on Jan. 20.
Pelosi’s counterpart in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid, long ago took off the rhetorical gloves. Last month, he ridiculed Republicans who sided with Bush on a Medicare bill.
“Who would be afraid of him?” Reid, D-Nev., said as many senators looked on. “He’s got a 29 percent approval rating.”
So why then has a Democratic Party “led” congress approved of every war appropriation Bush has ever asked for and agreed to the wholesale shedding of FISA — the one provision providing us with a figleaf’s worth of protection from a virtual police state? Why are he Pelosi and all the others so cowed by a man the whole world knows to be a disgrace?
No wonder then that —
The public’s view of Congress is even worse. Its approval rating has hit a new low of just 18 percent, down from 23 percent last month, according to a new AP-Ipsos poll. Bush’s approval is at 28 percent, about even with the 29 percent rating last month.
Only 16 percent of those surveyed thought the country was moving in the right direction, a new low as well, although statistically the same as last month’s 17 percent.
Terminally clueless — or cleverer than you think?
Last week Reid and other Democrats dropped any pretense of trying to fight the president on battles they were likely to lose – even on the most important part of their jobs, which is passing spending bills that keep the government running.
Of the 12 annual appropriations bills, Congress is likely to pass one or two and send Bush a temporary spending fix for the rest. That would have to suffice until a new president takes office, Reid told reporters.
Privately, Democrats have said that either candidate for president – Democrat Barack Obama or Republican John McCain – would be easier to make laws with than Bush. But Reid made clear which he’d prefer.
“I would hope that before we would leave here this year that we would do a continuing resolution that would get us (through) until after Senator Obama becomes president,” he said.
Because Might Makes Right – that’s why!
But you don’t want to say that too loudly. That’s why Nancy should take her cue from this Kander and Ebb classic and sing it at her next
press conference. Enough of this “Failure” business dear. We know what you really think.
“When I was a tiny tot
Of maybe two or three
I can still remember what
My mother said to me…
Place rose colored glasses on your nose
And you will see the robins
Not the crows
For in this tense and tangled web
Our weary lives may weave
you’re so much better off
if you believe…
That there’s a little bit of good
In everyone you’ll ever know
Yes, there’s a little bit of good
Though many times, it doesn’t show
It only takes the taking time
With one another
For under every mean veneer
Is someone warm and dear
for that bit of good in everyone
The ones we call bad
Are never all bad
So try to find that little bit of good!
Just a little, little bit of good
Is someone warm and dear
For that little good in everyone
Although you meet rats
They’re not complete rats
So try to find that little bit of good!”