September 29, 2008

For Those Who Still Think Republicans Can Win the Blame War...

Hatched by Dafydd

You think so? You really think that the American people will somehow realize that it's all the fault of the Democrats -- which it is -- in time to vote for John S. McCain and Republicans in Congress?

Watch this... but watch it from the perspective of someone who doesn't already know the history behind the collapse of the mortgage market. This is the infamous pre-vote speech by Squeaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Haight-Ashbury, 93%). But don't watch it saying, "Oh, such lies! We all know what really happened," because we don't "all know" what really happened; most people have not heard anything but the liberal, anti-free-market narrative.

I am particularly thinking of Hugh Hewitt.

If speeches like this one from the Squeaker is all that voters hear, imagine what they will think. And believe me, for at least the next few weeks, this is all they will hear: The vast majority of undecided voters still get their news from elite-media sources... not from blogs (which reach a tiny number of people), nor from talk radio (whose listeners are already for the most part in the Republican camp).

Make your mind a complete blank on things you have learned from Rush or Hugh or Michael Medved, everything you've read on Power Line or Instapundit or Patterico's or Wolf Howling -- or even here. Just watch and tell me: Does Pelosi come across on this video as a raving left-winger, a bomb-throwing radical, a poison-spewing harpy? Because honestly, I think she comes across as very reasonable and even-handed -- even as she fires lie after lie after vile, despicable lie into the heartland:



Democrats are 8-dan blackbelts at twisting the blame away from themselves and onto us; while we only visit the swamp occasionally, liberals live there 24-7. They're so good at flinging poo, they even do it among themselves, just for fun and practice.

The most likely response, of course, is that the House Democrats will put all the horrible socialist provisions, stripped out by the HRs, right back into the bill... and then they'll pass it in the House by attracting back the most radical of the 95 Democratic Dr. Nos.

And the American people will decide that they were right after all: The Democrats (and Barack H. Obama) are the party to trust on economics! And then, years and years down the line, Republicans may have the enormous satisfaction of saying "I told you so."

But nobody will be listening... because once again, Democrats will blame their own failures in this very bill on us.

Hatched by Dafydd on this day, September 29, 2008, at the time of 4:31 PM

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The following hissed in response by: Pam

Excellent point!

The above hissed in response by: Pam [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 29, 2008 5:18 PM

The following hissed in response by: Dick E


Right again, with one minor quibble:

Not many of the voting public are likely to actually view/listen to Pelosi’s diatribe. They are much more likely to just accept what the MSM tells them she said.

And that, actually, is not all bad. Everyone, it seems, (including Barney Frank) accepts that the speech was a partisan rant.

The blame still falls on the Republicans, of course, because a few of their votes may have been influenced by the chief Democratic spokesperson’s lies, intransigence, mischaracterizations, etc., etc.

The above hissed in response by: Dick E [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 29, 2008 5:38 PM

The following hissed in response by: wtanksleyjr

Good point, but what do we do about it? Pelosi WILL reintroduce the bill with all the Demo stuff strapped on and the Repub stuff slit out; it'll pass, probably by a party-line vote (well, a lot of repubs will give up and vote for it, but that doesn't matter), and the Senate will likely change only a few things.

McCain might be able to change that in the Senate (I can't imagine how), and Bush could threaten a veto, but either one is IMO unlikely.

What strategy DO we have? There must be something. Clearly there's a case to be made, but just as clearly Pelosi's stolen a march on us.

The above hissed in response by: wtanksleyjr [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 29, 2008 5:40 PM

The following hissed in response by: GW

There is absolutely nothing more frustrating for me than watching Democrats and the MSM twist this. It need not happen. Yes, it is much tougher for Republicans to set right the narrative because the MSM is fully in the tank. But there is just too much history, too much in writing, too much on audio, and too much on YouTube. This cannot be hidden if the right makes a concerted effort to shout this from the rooftops. But they are not. Thus, what we have here, in words associated with the recently deceased, is a failure to communicate.

This inability to communicate has me mystified. What should have happened, as soon as Pelosi stepped down, was the ghost of B-2 Bob possess a junior Republican. Thereafter, he take to the podium and lay this out from start to finish, preferably in colorful language, and accusing Nancy, Barney, Chuckie, Harry and crew of not only starting this crisis and defending it against all odds, but kicking puppies, stealing candy from children, pathological lieing and impure impulses involving farm animals. And this should be repeated by every Republican in Congress, once an hour every hour, before any microphone they can find. The word "bipartisan" is from a different era. It has no bearing on the politics of today. The left has no honor, no intellectual honesty.

Conservatives in Congress are . . . I don't know what they are doing, to be honest. Perhaps they are attempting to act with control and decorum. And McCain at the debate . . . good God. He should be leading the charge, not accepting the utter lies of Obama with equanimity. Its cost him 4 points in the polls. If he repeats that come the next debate, forget it. The far left will control every lever of power in America - and we will be left pining for the wise leadership of Jimmy Carter.

The above hissed in response by: GW [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 29, 2008 7:12 PM

The following hissed in response by: GW

Oh, and this from Instapundit:

A READER AT A MAJOR NEWSROOM EMAILS: "Off the record, every suspicion you have about MSM being in the tank for O is true. We have a team of 4 people going thru dumpsters in Alaska and 4 in arizona. Not a single one looking into Acorn, Ayers or Freddiemae. Editor refuses to publish anything that would jeopardize election for O, and betting you dollars to donuts same is true at NYT, others. People cheer when CNN or NBC run another Palin-mocking but raising any reasonable inquiry into obama is derided or flat out ignored. The fix is in, and its working." I asked permission to reprint without attribution and it was granted.

The above hissed in response by: GW [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 29, 2008 7:20 PM

The following hissed in response by: hunter

Freedom squandered is freedom not long to last.
Our friends in the media should think of this long and hard.

The above hissed in response by: hunter [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 29, 2008 7:32 PM

The following hissed in response by: hunter

We on the right may be right, but we are sleep walking to the gallows.

The above hissed in response by: hunter [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 29, 2008 7:34 PM

The following hissed in response by: Karmi

After watching the Left blame Bush for eight years, I didn’t realize that anyone thought the right could win a “Blame War.”

Just look at the Left’s presidential candidate. He has been protected by the MSM, and is clearly as anti-American as it gets.

I’ve been against this bailout from the start. I’m tired of watching Leftists get away with corruption, lying, anti-Americanism, and their drive towards communism. They have ruined the educational system, the court systems, the political system, housing system (especially the Federal Housing programs!), and have almost ruined the financial system. It doesn’t do any good to blame them for it since it doesn’t stick anyway.

We’re already facing a serious Social Security and Medicaid issues that could bankrupt this country, and half the country-plus wants free healthcare. Throwing another $700-billion at the problems won’t solve anything. BTW, they say $700-billion solves it, which means at least another one or two or three trillion dollars would be needed.

I heard the other day that we basically send $700-billion a year to countries that support terrorism, and we just finally decided to drill for our own oil. Oil shale will require another fight.

The list goes on and on…like what happened to all the money that was sent to Louisiana prior to hurricane Katrina? Taxpayer money that was sent to fix the dikes and flooding problems…gone, and nothing to show for it. Forget how much was sent after Katrina.

I don’t know how this bailout bill failed, but am glad that it did. Perhaps a majority of Americans don’t want it, and said so to their politicians. I want change, and if that requires the collapse of the financial system…then find by me! Maybe the rest of the mess will collapse with it.

The above hissed in response by: Karmi [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 29, 2008 7:36 PM

The following hissed in response by: PC14

Just think of the massive amounts of money Pelosi and others could make being short this market. There are many, many ways of doing it and getting away with it.

The market, being down 777 points, never expected this to happen. If it had, it would have already been factored in and the result would have been far less than 777 points,

And then when they know the bailout will occur, another ton can be made on the upside.

The Rasmussen swing state polls are very depressing, showing dramatic improvement for Obama.

If Obama is elected and shows the same fascist tendencies in silencing opponents when POTUS, as during the campaign, this country will never be the same again. The Fairness Doctrine will just be the start.

I very, very seldom speak to anyone who has even a small clue as to Obama's true politics and beliefs.

Additionally, just as the Soviets knew Kennedy wasn't ready for prime time and certainly wasn't the kind of guy who has the fighting gene, and immediately tested and punked him, the same is going to happen to O! The guy is not a fighter. Ever see any photos of him in his teens and college years---pussy, no fight. We are facing some serious trouble.

The above hissed in response by: PC14 [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 29, 2008 8:21 PM

The following hissed in response by: Rovin

Nancy Pelosi's diatribe yesterday was only the tip of the iceberg of what transpired. Right after her ranting moment as the vote started, Pelosi,(knowing full well she did not have the votes going in) began a systematic process of notifying her party's leadership and her cronies that they could vote NO on the bill. Listen to this interview John Gibson has with Karl Rove describing how this charade went down. This whole process by Pelosi and the Democratic Party was nothing but a political farce and was in no way intended to be in the interest of the people. The trillion dollars of stock value that was lost yesterday lays directly at the feet of the House leadership. I'd like to really know how they slept last night knowing full well how they collectively fornicated this nation's fragile economic stability.

The above hissed in response by: Rovin [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 30, 2008 2:43 AM

The following hissed in response by: hunter

Great Lizard,
This show is not over.
Republicans are not trying to play a blame game. We are simply hoping the truth gets out.
Truth has a pesky habit of sneaking out.
And often at very bad times for those trying to control it.

The above hissed in response by: hunter [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 30, 2008 5:25 AM

The following hissed in response by: MTF

It's never too late to start fighting, and if the aftermath of the failure of this bill revives GOP partisanship, finally!, then it will have been worth some small measure of the economic torture about to befall the country.

Ever since 9/11 the Washington Republicans have held their fire against these terrible Democrats for whatever reason: GWB never vetoed bills, budgets were approved without even a negotiation, Pelosi/Reid were not criticized beyond the minimum necessary, and Rahm Emanual and the Congressional Democrats were allowed to prepare for the 2008 elections without serious challenge.

Bush is a completely spent force, and has been for some time (despite your occasional protests to the contrary, Dafydd). The Washington GOP seemingly hoped three things would carry the day in the upcoming election: the Senior Drug bill would win them Florida, the deliberate decision to degrade the value of the dollar would increase manufacturing exports in Ohio and win them that state, and the incredibly poor poll numbers for the Democrat Congress would give them an issue to run against.

Unfortunately for this careful strategy nobody saw the financial crises coming, and the crises was exacerbated by the dollar's decline in value incidently, and then there is also the little problem that McCain, bizarrely, refuses to run against Congress. There's also another problem that all of Congress' failures over the last several years have been laid by the voters, unfairly, at the feet of the GOP. That's due entirely to the pacific notion of "bi-partisanship" foisted on the Republicans by their leaders.

This election right now looks like an Obama landslide, and for that we can thank those GOP'ers in Washington who failed to be partisan, who failed to realize that politics requires taking principled stands and starkly differentiating our views from theirs. If it's too late now for this election then we should begin to look forward to the 2010 election. We need to retake Congress. We need a return to partisanship at the highest levels of our party!

The above hissed in response by: MTF [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 30, 2008 6:25 AM

The following hissed in response by: hunter

You are right. What is the alternative to fighting? Surrender?
The democrats have attacked republican honor, integrity, intelligence, etc. with impunity for decades.
Screw that.

The above hissed in response by: hunter [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 30, 2008 7:58 AM

The following hissed in response by: Rovin

Screw that.


I didn't know MTF came in a prefabricated premonition. It's sure easier to know there's nothin' worth fightin' for. Do the tracks of two wars that provided two nations to feel what we do every day ring any bells mtf? Holes in yur pail, but damn, you write good.

The above hissed in response by: Rovin [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 30, 2008 8:13 PM

The following hissed in response by: hunter

Some corrections of your premise.
Bush saw the crisis coming.
He tried to do something about it.
But when he got spanked for it by the dems, he quit.
Shame on him.
The bigger shame will be to elect the guy who hired the FNMA crooks: Obama.

The above hissed in response by: hunter [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 1, 2008 5:34 AM

The following hissed in response by: wtanksleyjr

Dafydd, the basic premise of this post is that Pelosi is a political genius. She's not. Now, there ARE political geniuses that could have put her up to this, but she could also be going off half-cocked. We don't know what's going to come of this, but according to the Associated Press, the Senate is voting tonight on a new version of the Paulson rescue plan that has MORE Republican red meat and less Democratic pandering (sorry, y'all, it's how I talk). In other words, perhaps Pelosi really did blow it, just as she's been doing consistently since she ascended to the heights.

What side do you want to bet on -- that Pelosi is a strategic genius this once, or that she did what she's always done before and gone off half-cocked?

The above hissed in response by: wtanksleyjr [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 1, 2008 7:20 AM

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