Again, a problem with Pelosi promises
by skeptic06, Fri Oct 06, 2006 at 08:31:30 AM EDT
Yet again, the Signora proclaims a program for a Dem-controlled 110th House - this time in an interview with the AP.
There have been so many stabs at such a program in the last year or so that, if the final version coming into the stretch doesn't smell fresh as a daisy, it's hardly surprising.
I sense from his lede that the AP guy is taking the piss:
Franklin Roosevelt had his first hundred days.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is thinking 100 hours, time enough, she says, to begin to "drain the swamp" after more than a decade of Republican rule.
As in the first 100 hours the House meets after Democrats -- in her fondest wish -- win control in the Nov. 7 midterm elections and Pelosi takes the gavel as the first Madam Speaker in history.
Whoever chose the 100 hours slogan, Pelosi must have agreed it. And must have expected the FDR comparison, and the consequent scorn and ridicule.
It screams the sort of amateurism that has generally marked the whole 06 program process.
The basic problem is not, however, a matter of words:
In the infamous Contract with America, the GOP made two kinds of pledges for action within 100 days: to pass various House resolutions affecting the internal workings of the House; and bring to the House floor various specified legislative measures.
They promised nothing that would not be within the power of a GOP-controlled 104th House to deliver.
But La Pelosi -
Day One: Put new rules in place to "break the link between lobbyists and legislation."
Day Two: Enact all the recommendations made by the commission that investigated the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Let's just stop it right there: how can she possibly promise to enact the 9/11 Commission recommendations on Day Two, even supposing a Dem-controlled House?
Even supposing a Dem-controlled Senate, too.
Even - and here one is on the border of Cloud Cuckoo Land - supposing a willing prez.
If she means bring to the floor, why doesn't she say so, just like Gingrich did?
She gets better, though:
Time remaining until 100 hours: Raise the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour, maybe in one step. Cut the interest rate on student loans in half. Allow the government to negotiate directly with the pharmaceutical companies for lower drug prices for Medicare patients.
Broaden the types of stem cell research allowed with federal funds -- "I hope with a veto-proof majority," she added in an Associated Press interview Thursday.
I hope with a veto-proof majority.
The woman is 66 years old. Her Daddy was boss of Baltimore back in the 50s. She's knocked around politics all her life.
And she comes up with an eight-grader crack like I hope with a veto-proof majority!
I don't do polls. But kibitzing thanks to Chris's excellent service, I'm under the impression that the odds on a Dem-controlled 110th House are running at around 60:40, and moving out. It's the Dems' election to lose right now.
Which means that it's just a month before the Dem transition team needs to be ready to rock and roll, with a detailed plan to put each precious minute between November 8 and January 3 to good use.
And the mastermind behind said plan (assuming it exists) is - Ms Veto-Proof Majority?