Video: Michelle talks Democratic disarray on Cavuto; Update: House Dems have votes to pass Iraq bill

posted at 5:02 pm on March 22, 2007 by Allahpundit

Perfect timing considering what’s riding high at Drudge right now. Rahm Emanuel insists they’re going to get the votes in the House to push the Iraq spending/timetable bill through but they’re still one or two away with a floor vote expected within 24 hours. The nutroots all-stars who are dug in are really dug in, including a certain atheist hearthrob who sounds like he’s ready to throw down:

Representative Pete Stark, a California Democrat, said he had opposed every war-spending request that had come before him since being elected to Congress in 1972. (During the Vietnam War, he opened a bank with a giant peace symbol on top, attracting customers who shared his views.)

Asked what he found troubling about the current legislation, Mr. Stark snapped, “What’s to like?”

Pelosi’s staring at a major humiliation if she can’t get this done on their signature electoral issue and headaches from hardcore moonbats if she can. According to Politico, “Pelosi has told colleagues privately that if the measure fails, she will move quickly to pass a ‘clean’ spending bill, one without the conditions and requirements for troop withdrawals.” How will that play in the Senate, though? For reasons unknown to me, Reid’s decided he’s going to try again on the Kerry-flavored timetable proposal that lost by 12 votes last week. “Republicans and even some Democrats are expected to bristle at the inclusion of the Iraq policy provision,” says Time.

Being in the minority does have its pleasures.


Don’t gloat too much, though, kids:

When a group of Senate GOP leaders assembled before the microphones last Thursday to crow about their defeat of Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) Iraq resolution, they thought they had a shot at finally getting out in front of a winning issue this Congress. But just as soon as their faces met the bright lights of the cameras, BlackBerrys began to buzz with breaking news e-mails reporting that White House aide Karl Rove was being implicated in the widening U.S. attorney-firing scandal. “There goes the news cycle,” one Republican staffer thought to himself. That botched presser illustrated a greater issue facing Senate Republicans these days: Every time they think they have turned a critical public relations corner on Capitol Hill, they find themselves back in the unpleasant position of having to deal with the latest White House snafu. And, at least privately, many GOP Senators and aides say they’ve hit their boiling point. On a scale of one to 10, “The level of frustration is at an 11,” offered one Senate Republican aide.

I’m right about here at this point.

Update: I forgot to link NZ Bear’s handy dandy guide to the Democrats’ evolving Iraq timetable.

Update: The doves have caved on the Iraq bill, says Politico: “One well-placed Democratic aide said Pelosi had approached the progressives asking them to supply four votes, but that they ultimately pledged to deliver about ten. It was unclear whether the progressives received any concessions in return.”


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Another fine job by Michelle. Methinks her opponent, the “Joker”, will have to learn that if she wants to tangle with someone like M. M., that smarminess and smirkiness won’t be enough.

tomk59 on March 22, 2007 at 5:08 PM

There is a serious leadership vacuum on both sides of the aisle. Gridlock is good.

Valiant on March 22, 2007 at 5:12 PM

The BA has become a hemroid on the Gop’s @ss.

amerpundit on March 22, 2007 at 5:13 PM

So interesting to see Michelle smile through that as opposed to last night when she had her “game face” on.

Once again, another Democrat talking head out of her league.

wryteacher on March 22, 2007 at 5:19 PM

So interesting to see Michelle smile through that as opposed to last night when she had her “game face” on.

Yeah, her mood is noticeably different when she’s on H&C compared to when she’s on Cavuto or Gibson. Friendly versus hostile interviewers, I guess.

Allahpundit on March 22, 2007 at 5:22 PM

Yeah, that true wry.

Anyway, DC is looking like a chaotic custerf*ck at this point with no competant leadership on either side, and I’m about where Allah & Patterico are.

Bad Candy on March 22, 2007 at 5:25 PM

I love when MM is on any show. She is the voice of reason and expresses herself very eloquently–not like those other harpies. I love this site and her. She’s awesome.

PoliticallyIncorrectSandy on March 22, 2007 at 5:38 PM

A defeat here could throw Gore into the race……nothing could be better for the GOP. The Kos Capos are knocking at the door and everyone on the left side of the isle is bargaining for appeasement. I love it.

Limerick on March 22, 2007 at 5:45 PM

If the House vote fails, expect to see the subpoenas fly. The media will need to be distracted from the defeat, and the netroots will need to be distracted from the clean spending bill.

So how long will Pelosi hold open the vote to twist arms?

rw on March 22, 2007 at 5:50 PM

I think the subject matter had a lot to do with how MM looked on H&C. Also, does what is it with the whiskey and cigarette Democratic strategists, this woman, Susan Estrich, Eleanor Clift (okay, more reptilian than booze and cigarettes). Michelle shines among them.

Glynn on March 22, 2007 at 5:53 PM

So the hags from Codeskank are going to invade Stretch’s office? Does this blithering idiot have any security?

JammieWearingFool on March 22, 2007 at 5:58 PM

That is one anti-war demonstration the Gathering of Eagles will not be at. Let the nut CodePinkos spray whatever they want to.

Maybe they will even throw some poop and pee bags inside. That stink can’t be any worse than the stink that is inside anyway.

Yes, MM looks lovely as alway.

BobK on March 22, 2007 at 6:11 PM

Every time they think they have turned a critical public relations corner on Capitol Hill, they find themselves back in the unpleasant position of having to deal with the latest White House snafu.

What “snafu?”

It’s not a “scandal”, it’s called “executive prerogative” and it’s a complete non-issue, if it weren’t for the cads and curs pushing it and the complete and utter clueless morons thinking that it IS an issue.

Misha I on March 22, 2007 at 6:13 PM

I love when MM is on any show. She is the voice of reason and expresses herself very eloquently–not like those other harpies. I love this site and her. She’s awesome.

PoliticallyIncorrectSandy on March 22, 2007 at 5:38 PM

Roger that. Michelle is just too smooth; she makes the other side look unprepared.

I called our “new” dhimmicrat congressman, Jason Altmire (D), to ask what his thoughts were on the subpoenas, spending bill and how he intends to vote on a number of issues. The response from a polite aid was that the congressman would get back with me. I asked directly if he was one of the “white flag” democrats, she did not know. Typical weasel democrat. I guess we need to give him time to check the direction of the wind… By the way, this guy ran as a centrist and unseated Melissa Hart (R).

Zorro on March 22, 2007 at 6:22 PM

Don’t gloat too much, though, kids:

Allah? Please, seriously…get some paxil for your eeyore-ness.

Topsecretk9 on March 22, 2007 at 6:24 PM

Cavuto seems like a nice guy and he does a great job. MKH had a great post the other day about how he struggles each day with MS and I’d never have realized it. (I’d link, but for some reason I can’t view permalinks on her blog.)

see-dubya on March 22, 2007 at 6:38 PM

Laura Schwartz GRATES on my nerves! She has forgotten that Babs Boxer is guilty herself of what she accused Inhofe of doing. Laura conveniently forgets. Typical.

CrimsonFisted on March 22, 2007 at 6:49 PM

So Laura Schwartz thinks the American people voted for two years of hearings ad nauseam? Especially when most of them will be over nothing? Yeah, you go with that, Laura.

I’ll confess to smiling every time I hear Michelle say “nutroots” on TV. I encourage people on our side to use that term every chance they get, because I think if you can bring it into the awareness of non-blogreading average Americans, they’ll think of it every time they hear a Democrat say “netroots”. People like my parents don’t read blogs, but if they know that every time they hear the word “netroots” it refers to left-wing Internet loons, they know that those people are the enemy. Getting the term “nutroots” out there just makes the association a lot simpler.

ReubenJCogburn on March 22, 2007 at 7:02 PM

“Time-out” Go sit in the corner.
Sums up the entire Democrat comprehension of the War, Life and Politics. It’s deceptively easy to do in a society with self-controlled men. The Dems have no idea what to do when the bad boys ignore them.

naliaka on March 22, 2007 at 7:05 PM

The democrat party doesn’t know how to rule anything. They’re too busy trying to hurt anyone’s feelings.

It’s quite refreshing to see the Republicans actually fighting back. I just wonder how long it will last…

SouthernGent on March 22, 2007 at 7:15 PM

Beauty and Brains-Michelle is the best. Schwartz is rude, crude, and way out of her league. IMHO.

tormod on March 22, 2007 at 7:29 PM

Democrats have empty talking points, nothing else.

windbag on March 22, 2007 at 8:41 PM

The House will pass the bill, the Senate won’t and soon the president needs to call the libs on funding the Soldiers. Let’s see if the WH still has cojones and especially if the Democrats “support” the troops, the way they claim.

The truth is miraculous…

Entelechy on March 22, 2007 at 9:09 PM

Laura Schwartz is the answer to any energy crisis. Her mouth is a perpetual motion machine that never stops!

dawgyear on March 22, 2007 at 9:18 PM

I cant stand that tool Schwartz… ugh.. she’s like a turing machine.

VinceP1974 on March 22, 2007 at 9:36 PM

I took a look at the picture of that British doubledecker bus with its roof blown off (from the London 7/7 attacks thread), and thought, what if it said MUNI, or CTA? Then all this crap about evil surveillance, and draconian prisons that’s coming from the hardcore left will sound idiotic, even to your garden variety Democrat. I’ll never forget how, after Clinton’s final push to make peace with Arafat (may his name be erased), when he rejected Barak’s offer, and then started the second intifada, Israel’s peace movement went from numbering like 20-something percent to like five percent in the course of a couple of months. These dorks, scuse me, Donks, are getting further and further out on the wrong side of this issue, and it will bite them in Malkins someday, whether they succeed in pulling us out of Iraq or not, or whether they take back the WH in ’08, heaven forfend, or not. A major comeuppance is in their future–bank on it, bet on it. The only question is how many more people will die as a result of it?

smellthecoffee on March 22, 2007 at 9:45 PM

Michelle V Laura. No contest. . .

Michelle = facts and delivery
Laura = fantasy and shrill

I love the way Michelle always zings-em in the last
moment of the interviews and lets them ramble like fools
for the remainder of time.

Texyank on March 22, 2007 at 10:02 PM

moonbats
imperious
lord it over
far left fringe
loons
code pinko types

Common Michelle, is that the best you have, name calling. Sen. Senator Inohofe is a petulant child, like so many on the hill, both sides.

Dems have no plan? Get the hell out of Iraq. Sadly they lack balls. They will get it done but in the typical inept disorganized non-unified way. A little of that is OK. The opposite is lock-step, circle the wagons, come hell or high tide Republicans, which is just as bad or worse on the opposite end of the scale.

I’m glad the Dems have found some balls; at least Boxer has some when she put Inohofe in his place. Republicans HATE not having power. I love seeing the power hungry arrogant GOP get some humility. Nothing makes me more mad than self righteous, high and mighty, moral superior hypocrites.

We will get out of Iraq sooner or later; humpty dumpty has fallen off the wall. Brain Surgeon Gee dub-a-u is not going to put it back together. Cheney says he does not give two craps, and Bush’s brain, Rove, has numbered days.

I guess when the GOP/Bush have so much brown stinky stuff on them, you attack the other party with petty bull, lies, spin, cover up and go into deep deep denial….and oh yes CALL people names, make up talking points, sound bites and slogans…….slow bleed, defeat-a-crat and other such bull.

None of this is helpful or moves the debate. We need to talk about Iraq, environment and Gonzalez/Rove-Gate. 6 YEARS OF ONE PARTY & NO Congressional oversight has been a disaster for America. Stop with the partisan BULL. Let the Dems do their job. Remember Nov 2006? Elections cut thru the bull;

Republicans actions for the last 6 years speaks loud and clear, lying, lazy, crooks. Talk is cheap, but what is new. That is why OVERSIGHT, checks and balances are so key to keeping all the cooks (R & D) from stealing our country from the people.

When did a democracy mean politicians elected into public office only worked for their party, people who paid for their campaign or who voted for them? I thought you had an obligation to uphold the constitution and do what was best, for all people and the nation, regardless of party. Sadly the little BOYS on the hill are such F-ing babies.

The Neo-Con way of governance is so far away from classical conservatism that it has set the party back for decades. I AM NOT HAPPY ABOUT IT. Two functioning parties that work for what is BEST for the people and not ideology and lock step party lines is best for all of us. WAKE UP. If you don’t want to have a one party system, hold your beloved republican party accountable. I know its fun to pick sides and root for your TEAM and bash the other, but this will kill us if you let them get away with it.

gmcjetpilot on March 22, 2007 at 10:59 PM

“…many GOP Senators and aides say they’ve hit their boiling point.”

Hell, I hit my boiling point with GOP Senators a looong time ago! What about the Gang of 14? What about the BCRA? What about the ineffectual GOP leadership and all the times GOP Senators did not support the President and played to the MSM? Did Bush do that? And are you counting “Cluck-cluck” Chuck Hagel as a “GOP” Senator?

There’s a reason Senators almost never get elected President: they have no real-world experience in leadership to complement the tons of charisma they have in their own minds.

drunyan8315 on March 22, 2007 at 11:06 PM

Off Topic: I’ve noticed Michelle uses that same smile every time she’s on FNC. Is that for a Hot Air Picture or just an acknowledgment for the camera?

Opinionnation on March 22, 2007 at 11:07 PM

Dems have no plan? Get the hell out of Iraq.

Yeah and I’ve got a plan for this sore toe I’ve had for the last three weeks. I’m going to take my .45 and shoot it off. As long as I don’t think about what the consequences are, it’s a great plan, don’t you agree?

Brain Surgeon Gee dub-a-u

Yeah I’m with you gmcjetpilot. Name calling sucks.

smellthecoffee on March 22, 2007 at 11:08 PM

gmcjetpilot on March 22, 2007 at 10:59 PM

I’d love to reply to your endless, invective-laden string of puerile insults dressed up as a post complaining about name-calling, but I’m afraid I’m going to have to make a quick run to the store first, old chap.

The fuses in every single one of my irony meters seem to have blown simultaneously.

It’s the oddest thing, by Jove.

Misha I on March 22, 2007 at 11:27 PM

Heh, funny Misha.

drunyan, I always thought it was because you have to be devoid of a soul to work in DC.

Bad Candy on March 22, 2007 at 11:50 PM

Laura Schwartz is giving me ex-wife flashbacks. Yikes!

Mojave Mark on March 23, 2007 at 12:18 AM

gmcjetpilot on March 22, 2007 at 10:59 PM

Hey, Ghost Rider, you can fly 5X5 and explain your opinions all you want, that is welcome here……. but Me thinks thoughest protesths too much, your bile and inner anger are expressed a little to harshly……

We have been pissed at the RINO’s and they got what they deserved, but for a rant like that?

None of this is helpful or moves the debate. We need to talk about Iraq, environment and Gonzalez/Rove-Gate. 6 YEARS OF ONE PARTY & NO Congressional oversight has been a disaster for America.

Welcome to the debate, Democrat, Welcome……..

PinkyBigglesworth on March 23, 2007 at 12:21 AM

None of this is helpful or moves the debate. We need to talk about Iraq, environment and Gonzalez/Rove-Gate. 6 YEARS OF ONE PARTY & NO Congressional oversight has been a disaster for America.
gmcjetpilot on March 22, 2007 at 10:59 PM

Ok: 1>Iraq: Stay, kill, win
2>Environment: BBQ frequently
3>Gonzalez/Rove: No foul
4>6 years of one party: Er…seems you guys had lots of seats there. Yep..Even checked back to 1900. Plenty.
5>No oversite: except budget, intelligence, defense, judicary, pork…need I go on?

Empty. Next.

Limerick on March 23, 2007 at 12:29 AM

Limerick ?

What do you think, flushed gmcjetpilot out?

From my “Angles” he seemed a little too “hostile”….

Just an inquiry, don’t want to hold a gavel over anyone’s head or anything like that, because as you know, we don’t make the rules anymore, and elections do have consequences, which means we can’t speak…….. could be seen as tyrany, or Democrat control……

PinkyBigglesworth on March 23, 2007 at 12:47 AM

Like most on his side….BDS. I’ve seen him before and he has seen my horrible spelling plenty himself.

It is scaring the hell out of them because the Dems are demonstrating right now exactly why they weren’t in power for 6 years and might not be again in 2.

Limerick on March 23, 2007 at 1:05 AM

Could this be a Godsend?

Could Gore be the next Democrat Party candidate for the position of President of the United States of America?

Is it possible that mainly left wing, fifth columnist loony toons will be the only people who would actually vote for him, thus handing the presidency to the Republican candidate on a silver platter?

Is it possible that the leftists can actually generate the support, the power, the influence, and the votes to get Gore nominated?

Could this be developing into a repeat of Connecticut in which, although the leftists supported his opponent, who won the nomination, it was Joseph Lieberman who actually won the position of Senator for that state in the official election, with Gore playing the part of Lieberman’s democrat opponent, and the Republican candidate playing the part of Joseph Lieberman in the final, official election in 2008?

This could be one of the biggest landslides in election history in the making!

The Democrats have several Messiah’s, Savior of Mankind, Deeply religious, Holy individuals running for president, including John Edwards, Baraka Hussein Obama, Hillary Clinton, and, potentially, Al Gore.

Will they walk on water? Will they heal the sick, help the blind to see, raise the dead, rise from the dead, ascend into heaven?

Who will be the most influential of all the Messiahs that the Democrat Party have produced at this time?

With Al Gore as the Goreacle, saving mankind for certain doom, and John Edwards, who can channel ill and dead children, Hillary Clinton, who can morph into whatever she wants, a black, southern woman who was involved in civil rights, as well as a Holy, Religious, Bible and Jesus believing Christian woman, the works, and Baraka Hussein Obama, who is a strong Christian who can also stage a southern accent, and is also the New Messiah, it is a tough horse race, with so much artificial and fictional about it!

This should be interesting!

The Republicans need a real good guy.

Where is Chuck Norris when we need him?

William

William2006 on March 23, 2007 at 3:25 AM

If the Democrats were only dead weight in the War on Terror, it would still be a hell of an improvement over the “Lose At All Costs!” strategy that they’re currently using. The only reason they’re in disarray is the fact that the nutroots think they aren’t trying hard enough to lose.

Laura Schwartz is giving me ex-wife flashbacks. Yikes!

Mojave Mark on March 23, 2007 at 12:18 AM

You have my deepest sympathy, Mark. What a harpy. Nobody should have to put up with that–well, except Jimmy Carter, who sucks beyond all human standards of measurement.

ReubenJCogburn on March 23, 2007 at 3:29 AM

You got to love Laura Schwartz’s debating technique…talk fast, say nothing.

gmaninatl on March 23, 2007 at 7:39 AM

benrand on March 23, 2007 at 8:36 AM

No Pork for Peace! No Pork for Peace! No Pork for Peace@

BohicaTwentyTwo on March 23, 2007 at 9:10 AM