GOP Walks Out on the People’s House – That Loud Noise You Hear is the Shifting of Centrists Toward the Left

We Don’t Have to Follow the Rules

Today in the Nation’s Capitol, the Republican Representatives to the U.S. House of Representatives chose to walk out on the deliberations instead of being caught by C-Span, or quoted by reporters as having argued that the rule of law does not apply to the White House. It may not sound pretty… but that’s what they did. They just weren’t going to be caught in a vote that could likely have ramifications and it was clear that the marching orders came from the top. To be clear, the vote that caused the controversial ‘Bullion Man March’ was in retribution for the Speaker Pelosi’s refusal to move forward with approving  immunity provisions for telecoms in the FISA bill, and rather permitting the current law to expire.

Of course the gamesmanship begins with a flurry since the expiration does not provide any challenges to the current procedure or National Security – but it does postpone  and remove the certainty that the President is going to be getting what he wanted and that is – immunity.    (The Almost Daily Binx apologizes for  mis-stating that the Walk-Out was regarding  contempt charges  for Harriet Meirs and Josh Bolten for disregarding Congressional Subpoenas)

Harmful to Republican Support

It is the Opinion of The Almost Daily Binx, that today’s stunt is more revealing than shocking. It is a cowardly rebuke of political responsibility and a mass refusal to act on behalf of the American people to insult us with this childish act. After more than a decade of Republican majority rule in the Congress it has become painfully obvious that the Republican Party has been taken over by a huge special interest group that does not pay homage to rule-of-law, but rather rule of roost. This is sad day for Republicans that are not part of the grab bag ‘ole boy’ network of corportists and royalists that have presided over the deconstruction of the American dream. We hope the Royalist walkers took time to pass the War Memorial, the Veteran’s Administration and maybe dropped a few coins in poor boxes at local religious haunts.

The Center – (The Less Committed)

Without question the less committed groups of voters are watching these enormous tactical errors. If the Democrats can avoid the temptation to mess things up by complicating the simplicity of the moment – this will go down in history as an utter act of cowardice among Republicans to go on the record. It is as good as telling the American public that they and theirs are above the law.

Retroactive Immunity – Job One

It is clear that the Republican leadership has been tasked by the Administration and its supporters; such as Justice Scalia (recent very public and repeated attempts to distance torture, or use thereof, from the Constitution) and Sen. John McCain -(who stated in the most simple terms last year that water-boarding is torture -yet he disgracefully nodded to the extreme ‘right’ by voting against the torture ban bill.)

This is a clear message to the non-committed voter that immunity from wrong-doing is job-one among the current Republican leadership. This the refusal to accept the end of one party dominance over our political system, even though to do so is causing the GOP to lose favor with even the most historically partisan Republicans ‘down the street.’ They have been tasked, to be sure, that there is no potential for criminality of any of the administrations actions to be established – in fact – that’s why the term retroactive immunity has been the buzz word. Any bills that have been on the drawing board by the Senate that didn’t include complete immunity have been stalled because this is the single most important political detail the GOP is focused on right now. Unfortunately they have a number of Democratic collaborators as well. Steny Hoyer comes to mind immediately. There’s a reason that he isn’t in the middle of any confrontations – nearly invisible – unless there’s a band, rubber chicken and a fund-raiser.

The Good News

Here’s one for the silver lining enthusiasts. Apparently, the Dems have largely mastered snatching defeat from the jaws of victory – but – if they are wiser (for a change) they will forgo the mandatory retaliation and strictly stay on point. That is to say – keep Ron Emmanuel from shooting off his mouth – only give pertinent and meaningful news conferences. Any sane Republicans that remain should do the same thing. This barbaric politburo style will be out of fashion the moment the Bush administration starts heading for the range – and we may even enter a new age of government that starts to trend towards ‘for, of and by the people.’

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Stimulate, Stimulate … Dance to the Pay-Off – Reid and Pelosi – Moonwalking through Congress

Wouldn’t it be a funny comedy sketch. You know … former Marine, but in perceptive actuality, he’s scared of his own shadow. He’s an accomplished strategist by credentials, but in an oxygen rich environment he can’t make change for quarter without a manual. His side-kick is like Annie Oakley. In the big-top, she can peel grape with six-shooter – but on the range … the sound of a coyote has her bawling like child lost in a department store. On camera at a press conference she widens her eyes to flash emphasis about her words – but at dusk along the beltway – her widened eyes flash a reflection of George Bush, Rep. Boehner and her own Steny Hoyer, huddled in the cab of a semi heading right for her as she stands frozen in the middle of the road.

Rolling Stone’s – Matt Taibi has a great article about the Chicken Doves.

Perhaps they thought that by passing the mass pay-off bill – mis-characterized as a stimulus package – we wouldn’t notice that the FISA bill provisions, providing immunity, have metastasized because of their fancy dance steps in the dark corners of the gymnasium. Not to mention, the sheer stupidity of the Stimulus package. Of course if we continue to elect otherwise unemployable characters to be our leaders – we probably deserve what we get.

It is quite possible, that we are in fact and deed, just as stupid as they believe us to be. Indeed, they are as stupid as many of us believe them to be. They bit. GWB handed them this opportunity to further deepen the indebtedness of our treasury and these caricature Democrats bit on it with the same enthusiasm as my now deceased pal Mickey, an enormous Golden Retriever, when I would entice him with a tug-toy.

There is one exception though. Mickey knew the difference between my arm and tug-toy. We often played without the toy and he had great fun but never, never, even accidentally, hurt me with his teeth. He always knew. He had instincts, it seemed he could reason. He would bark at danger – not run for a tennis ball … like Majority Leader – Sen. Dumb and Speaker, Rep. Dumberer.

Well, Mickey isn’t with us any longer or I would run him against Nancy Pelosi in her upcoming election. At the very least, he was a better American in my view and I would promote him as a write-in. He was alert, attentive and never soiled our home. But most of all … no one could make a perceptibly threatening move toward me wthout immediately becoming aware of his watchful eye. I’ve yet to experience that kind of satisfaction with our beloved Fred and Ginger dancing in the mine field. If it were only themselves they are blowing up … I wouldn’t be complaining.

The Bush Administration, in one singularly efficient move, got the knee-jerk about face they wanted and gave Democratic leaders an opportunity to jump through a hoop to give away money. Watch how this one comes back to bite them in OUR collective butts. Quite often I feel as though I’m watching a vaudeville act with the rube continually getting pantsed. You know … distracted … then he finds his pants around his ankles.

The alleged Stimulus package is a pay-off. It is stupid. There is no economic theory in existence that would encourage this act of political bribery en masse. They have permitted the President to spend money like a drunken sailor – and they just supplied a bordello. We do get this right?? We do understand that we have to pay this money back at approximately 150 percent interest … right ???