Democrats to adjourn again?

posted at 10:02 am on September 18, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

You have to hand it to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.  Once they decide on a strategy, they stick with it.  Bloomberg reports that the Democratic Congress will take action in the face of this economic crisis — by beating a hasty retreat:

The Democratic-controlled Congress, acknowledging that it isn’t equipped to lead the way to a solution for the financial crisis and can’t agree on a path to follow, is likely to just get out of the way.

Lawmakers say they are unlikely to take action before, or to delay, their planned adjournments — Sept. 26 for the House of Representatives, a week later for the Senate. While they haven’t ruled out returning after the Nov. 4 elections, they would rather wait until next year unless Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke, who are leading efforts to contain the crisis, call for help.

One reason, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said yesterday, is that “no one knows what to do” at the moment.

The stench from this hypocrisy is overwhelming.  Reid, Pelosi, Barack Obama, and every Democrat who could bitterly cling to a microphone over the last four days has spewed invective at the Bush administration, blaming the credit-market meltdown on Bush’s policies.  Now, at the height of the crisis, not only do the Democrats admit they haven’t a clue as to how to address it, to whom do they turn to solve it?

The Bush administration! After all, Henry Paulson serves on the Bush administration Cabinet, and has been Bush’s Treasury Secretary for over two years.  In fact, Paulson was one of the CEOs that Democrats love to demonize, having run Goldman Sachs for years at salaries over $15 million a year for the two years prior to his appointment.  Joe Biden just got done blaming the meltdown on people like Paulson.  Now Democrats want him to rescue America.

First Pelosi adjourns the House in the middle of an energy supply crisis that hammered the working class with sharp hikes in fuel and food costs.  Now both Pelosi and Reid want to adjourn both chambers of Congress rather than deal with the credit crisis that Washington created with its heavy-handed mandates to issue credit to marginally qualified borrowers and lack of oversight over government-guaranteed entities.  Given their ineptitude, we probably should be grateful — as Bloomberg notes.  But considering their rhetoric over the last few days, their retreat may be one of the most cowardly acts in domestic policy seen in a very long time.

I hearby dub this … the Brave Sir Robin Congress.


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I get the feeling adjournment will not be done because of lack of options, but rather to salvage Obama’s campaign. With Congress adjourned, his “advisors”, the ones who had ties with Freddie and Fannie are scot-free from potential questioning until after the election.

longshanks on September 18, 2008 at 10:55 AM

Palomino – they’ve had enough.

T J Green on September 18, 2008 at 10:58 AM

Of course they’re leaving. How would they ever get reelected if the public saw even more actual examples of them screwing the country?

Red Cloud on September 18, 2008 at 10:58 AM

IF they adjourn? Bush needs to call them back into session.

He should have done it before, with the energy bill…

He couldn’t. Reid used a nasty trick of keeping the Senate in pro forma session, having a Democrat senator go into the chamber each day, bang the gavel, take notice of the fact that a quorum isn’t present, bang it again; lather, rinse, repeat.

And he’s said he’ll probably do it this time too. It prevents Bush from calling Congress back into session or making recess appointments (like Bolton).

The Monster on September 18, 2008 at 11:00 AM

Paulson was one of the CEOs that Democrats love to demonize

You know, I think I trust someone who left business to work for the government more than someone who will shortly leave government to work for a business.
I could be mistaken.

Count to 10 on September 18, 2008 at 11:00 AM

And voters are going to put more of these people in power?

We do, indeed, get the government we deserve.

In 410 AD, Rome sent a letter to Britain stating that they were responsible for their own defense. And that they could not count on Rome for any support. This is generally acknowledged as the end of the Roman Empire. Take from it what you will.

lorien1973 on September 18, 2008 at 11:01 AM

I imagine they will throw together a small stimulus package with plenty of new government-designed regulations to prevent capitalists from getting us out of the mess, add an amendment renewing the ban on offshore drilling, and deliver it to Bush’s desk on their way to the airport. A bad economy is good news for democrats.

Vashta.Nerada on September 18, 2008 at 11:03 AM

They need time to run their shredders, before Sarah comes after them all. I’m just sayin’.

pambi on September 18, 2008 at 11:03 AM

I can not believe that no one has brought up the fact that the Federal Budget expires October 1ST. Congress has not done the only job that they must do each year. Move the appropriations bills through the legislative process and send them to The President to sign in to law. I guess they are going to send a last minute continuing resolution to extend the current funding levels to after the election. Now how much crap are they going to add to this so-called veto proof bill?
Earmarks, continuing the ban on drilling or what other of Nancy’s and Harry’s pet causes.

Now what happens if President Bush vetos this bill and recalls Congress to do their job and also preventing the incumbent members from campaigning full time.

Budgets are tight for everyone but Obama’s Hollywood donors. So I think the American people will support President Bush if he makes a stand.

meci on September 18, 2008 at 11:06 AM

I never!

Jaibones on September 18, 2008 at 11:19 AM

We must re-take congress…

deedtrader on September 18, 2008 at 10:04 AM

…with a blood-thirsty class of Spartan conservatives wearing eye-patches, swinging the cutlass with abandon, and cutting whole programs off of the Federal teat.

Jaibones on September 18, 2008 at 11:24 AM

Once you hit bottom – you have options

EricPWJohnson on September 18, 2008 at 10:07 AM

Good to “see” you again, Eric!

Neocon Peg on September 18, 2008 at 11:25 AM

Oh, please, get this in ad ad! Please, bring this up at the debates!

PattyJ on September 18, 2008 at 11:25 AM

Tell me again, why the voters keep electing these same bunch of clowns?

Oh, ok, it is the other clowns that are real clowns, my own clown is not so much clown.

Got it.

Sir Napsalot on September 18, 2008 at 11:26 AM

No one can see it – but I’m making rude gestures in the direction of Pelosi and Reid.

You also can’t see it (which may be a good thing) but I’m also farting in their general direction.

Whiny, scared of the big bad economy bully. They all need to grow a pair and do their freakin’ jobs.

KrisinNE on September 18, 2008 at 11:36 AM

I hearby dub this … the Brave Sir Robin Congress.

You are a freakin’ genius Ed, that’s a winner and a keeper.

Geministorm on September 18, 2008 at 11:41 AM

…with a blood-thirsty class of Spartan conservatives wearing eye-patches, swinging the cutlass with abandon, and cutting whole programs off of the Federal teat.

+1

And what about the illegal aliens?

Geministorm on September 18, 2008 at 11:42 AM

love the fact that the first thing I see at HotAir first thing in the morning is a picture of Neil Innes.

/obscure?

playblu on September 18, 2008 at 10:18 AM

How sweeeeet,
To be an idiot…

naw- not obscure enough…:)

BillH on September 18, 2008 at 11:44 AM

If you think the Dems are wrong, you don’t know how wrong here is an example of what their lack of action on energy policies have done.

While arranging one buy, Salinas told the source that a quarter-ounce of cocaine would cost $240–$215 for the drug itself and “$25.00 for gas money to deliver the cocaine,” according to the court affidavit,

This is what is hurting the inner city, these “hidden” taxes.

right2bright on September 18, 2008 at 11:57 AM

President Lincoln famously say to General George McClellan something like, “If you don’t want to use the army, I should like to borrow it for a while.”

Something like that, Republicans to Pelosi?

jeff_from_mpls on September 18, 2008 at 11:57 AM

Bingo meci – we’re looking at either:
1) Quickie continuation resolutions for the ’09 budget
2) Huge packages stuffed with c*** ala Mickey Moore
3) Partial shutdown of the US Gov just before the national elections

This could be the October surprise if McCain can recognize the opportunity.

sannhet on September 18, 2008 at 11:59 AM

Did anyone see Rove finally getting exasperated with Colmes last night? Stating that Colmes is embarrassing himself by using his lame arguments.
Alan looked like he was going to cry, he came back with “that wasn’t very nice”…it took Rove to call Alan out on his unforgivable excuses.
It was classic…

right2bright on September 18, 2008 at 12:00 PM

Nope, it’s a smart play on their part.

Only if Bush solves it and restores the economy in 2.5 months then he wins and probably sweeps the legislature too. Probability of that is near 0.

Otherwise, the meme is this is all Bush’ fault and you need to vote the Republicans out of office because the Democrats “don’t control anything”. In other words “Change”.

In reality, Bush WILL solve the problem the right way and most likely the Democrats will sweep the elections and take credit for it.

Then the press will kowtow and the problem will “magically” go away and Reid and Pelosi can make themselves sound smart again attacking straw men and diverting the issues.

Skywise on September 18, 2008 at 12:03 PM

Send in the National Guard to their doors and make sure that the quorom is present everyday, escort by the soldiers will knock some sense into this bull $hit congress of ours…

Lioxani4 on September 18, 2008 at 12:03 PM

This is the biggest do-nothing Congress in the country’s history.

ballz2wallz on September 18, 2008 at 12:03 PM

I guess the good thing is the Gang of 10/16/20 can come back and try to help the American people…

ballz2wallz on September 18, 2008 at 12:05 PM

Of course, when they do come back they can pass a law to put prohibitions on drilling back in place.
flyfisher on September 18, 2008 at 10:34 AM

The green wackos will just sue everyone’s pants off to prevent each rig from going in. I saw this one witch on Fox last night complaining even about drilling for natural gas. It’s a mental disease.

Akzed on September 18, 2008 at 12:07 PM

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum:

RETREAT, abandon posts, every man for himself.

(Women w/o dildos lack the pendulum dick gravitas).

To retreat AS A LEGISLATIVE BODY from duties while in session, follows the Texas Democrat Legislature’s precedent fleeing the State of Texas in order to prevent a legislative quorum on a vote!!!

maverick muse on September 18, 2008 at 12:11 PM

If you can’t take the heat, go on vacation.

Wade on September 18, 2008 at 12:12 PM

Have I said it before? I hate democrats. Cannot stand them. Pieces of crap; each and every one.

lorien1973 on September 18, 2008 at 12:17 PM

Alert for anyone with Photoshop skills (which I sadly lack):

1. Get pictures of two fiddlers.
2. Cut out the background of the fiddlers.
3. Dress said fiddlers in togas.
4. Superimpose the heads of Reid and Pelosi on the fiddlers.
5. Place a background of a building going up in flames.
6. Caption your effort: “Democrats fiddle while Wall Street burns.”

either orr on September 18, 2008 at 12:25 PM

This has so much fodder in it.
Frank, congressman for 38 years, one of the most experienced men in Washington. Harvard law, he actually passed the bar, all that experience sitting on the SEC (chairman) of the committee and he didn’t see this coming? No warning?
Guess that pretty much shoots down that “Palin has not experience” theory…maybe experience is not what we need in Washington.
BTW, that was a good foundation for an ad.

right2bright on September 18, 2008 at 12:27 PM

“Have I said it before? I hate democrats. Cannot stand them. Pieces of crap; each and every one.” lorien1973
You’ve probably said it before, but I’ll add: And you can’t polish a turd.
Can their approval rating go to negative 9%?

Christine on September 18, 2008 at 12:31 PM

Brave Sir Robin Congress indeed.

BTW, I never noticed before, but in the photo accompanyiong this topic, Eric Idle looks like he could be Stretch Pelosi in drag!!

VelvetElvis on September 18, 2008 at 12:33 PM

I bet, if America was invaded,the Liberal
Democratic Party,would go on vaction,me
thinks!

canopfor on September 18, 2008 at 12:34 PM

Senator Harry Reid – ‘Sir Not Appearing in this Film Crisis

Someone change his diapers, please.

Y-not on September 18, 2008 at 12:37 PM

oops,should be vacation,not vaction.

canopfor on September 18, 2008 at 12:37 PM

I know Pelosi and Reid are the leaders, but isn’t their leader Obama???
We have to keep this fixated on Obama.

right2bright on September 18, 2008 at 12:37 PM

I think it’s time for some recess appointments……..

Seven Percent Solution on September 18, 2008 at 12:43 PM

nee!

pseudonominus on September 18, 2008 at 12:45 PM

Henry Paulson serves on the Bush administration Cabinet, and has been Bush’s Treasury Secretary for over two years. In fact, Paulson was one of the CEOs that Democrats love to demonize, having run Goldman Sachs for years at salaries over $15 million a year for the two years prior to his appointment. Joe Biden just got done blaming the meltdown on people like Paulson. Now Democrats want him to rescue America.

Hrm, that reminds me of something. What-oh right.

“If you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength, and the greater the effort the heavier the world bore down upon his shoulders—what would you tell him to do?”

“I…don’t know. What…could he do? What would you tell him?”

“To shrug.”

apollyonbob on September 18, 2008 at 12:49 PM

Sometimes the best offense is a good retreat (that’s how it goes, right?)

m064404 on September 18, 2008 at 12:52 PM

In 410 AD, Rome sent a letter to Britain stating that they were responsible for their own defense. And that they could not count on Rome for any support. This is generally acknowledged as the end of the Roman Empire. Take from it what you will.

lorien1973 on September 18, 2008 at 11:01 AM

I take from it that Rome in 410 was more responsible than our Congress in 2008. I can’t see the Democrats taking the time to send a similar letter to the Iraqis, if Democrats got their way about the actions of the US military in Iraq.

thuja on September 18, 2008 at 12:53 PM

DER SPIEGEL:
International Mouthpiece of Fascism

End of an Era

In fact, it really does look as if the foundations of US capitalism have shattered. Since 1864, American banking has been split into commercial banks and investment banks. But now that’s changing. Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch — overnight, some of the biggest names on Wall Street have disappeared into thin air. Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley are the only giants left standing. Despite tolerable quarterly results, even they have been hurt by mysterious slumps in prices and — at least in Morgan Stanley’s case — have prepared themselves for the end.

“Nothing will be like it was before,” said James Allroy, a broker who was brooding over his chai latte at a Starbucks on Wall Street. “The world as we know it is going down.”

Many are drawing comparisons with the Great Depression, the national trauma that has been the benchmark for everything since. “I think it has the chance to be the worst period of time since 1929,” financing legend Donald Trump told CNN. And the Wall Street Journal seconds that opinion, giving one story the title: “Worst Crisis Since ’30s, With No End Yet in Sight.” (Mark Pitzke, NY)

“Our nation’s” American “Great Depression”?!
IT WAS WORLD WIDE ECONOMIC DEPRESSION BROUGHT ON BY GERMANY, WWI and all of its fallout. Thanks for all that sorrow, Wilhelm. Thanks, Britain and France, for all that punitive coercion that ruined America’s well being through out the 1930s into WWII. Jesus wept. And Germans starved more than anyone.

And DER SPIEGEL has the nerve to talk about the AMERICAN GREAT DEPRESSION as though that was Bush’s fault, too!

Donald Trump draws his parallel from what? His deposits exceed the FDIC insurance. That’s his problem. Not the tax payers. Hell, Trump should have his own personal bank for his own investments and his own returns.

Germans have some Nazi nerve comparing what we are undergoing, the results of practicing economic Socialist Progressivism that they still endorse despite Hitler’s demise. Der Speigel compares what’s happening here now with THEIR CIVIL WAR between the Communists and Fascists that led to Hitler’s rise and WWII.

And the Democrats, confronted by their own work and their own image, run for the hills with their tails between their legs while Der Spiegel STRAINS Obama’s strains.

Damned fascists!

maverick muse on September 18, 2008 at 12:55 PM

oops,should be vacation,not vaction.

canopfor on September 18, 2008 at 12:37 PM

vaction contracts vacuum/vacation and sucks

maverick muse on September 18, 2008 at 1:02 PM

If the GOP can’t win something back in November with this “alignment of the planets”, it will be a miserable day…

SkinnerVic on September 18, 2008 at 1:08 PM

why is it that so many people of the united states do not see who obama realy is? The most radical liberal who has run for president of the u.s. in the history of the u.s..

Obama at most really believes that he alone can save the u.s. by making them into a socilist even markist state that dictate my every move.

What obama believes?

His pastor for 20 years decried whitey.
his co chairman for education is a terroist.
his beliefs are based on the writings of a radical communists.
his political connectionts on a corrupt daly machine are well known.

good grief people lest we for get about ACORN

TomLawler on September 18, 2008 at 1:09 PM

Is it possible for our minority leaders to demand a judiciary investigation of the malfeasance by Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac and their enablers?

If these majority leaders were courageous they also would identify outright that the Dems are playing out the clock with energy bills that provide no energy but only more regulation and punishment of consumers and energy producers.
They should say it out loud and repeatedly and clearly so that the message cannot be ignored or misrepresented by the mmedia.

They should also identify the back-channel maneuvering being done by Obama as a violation of the Logan Act.

onlineanalyst on September 18, 2008 at 1:10 PM

Bush makes a speech, congress adjourns..

All we need is someone to play the fiddle, and start some fires burning.

rockhauler on September 18, 2008 at 10:13 AM

I think you are underestimating the unprecedented actions being taken by the Fed, Treasury and the SEC all under the President’s direction.

TheBigOldDog on September 18, 2008 at 10:16 AM

mood swings

I go from one extreme to the other in a couple of heart beats depending on the presence or absence of this pain in my chest.

A few threads ago, I was rejecting McCains suggestion that this is a crisis. Its ‘pretty bad’ but not yet a crisis. Once the panic is over, it will depend on employment numbers and earnings.

rockhauler on September 18, 2008 at 1:12 PM

I didn’t read all the comments, so I could be not the first to say this.

Every time the Pelosi Congress and Reid Senate act, bad things happen. They took on high gas prices, and prices nearly doubled in two years. They took on the sub-prime mortgage debacle, and it has gotten worse with each passing day. Thank goodness they tried to lose the war; thanks in part to their incompetence, we appear to have achieved victory!
Thus, I believe the greatest gift the current congress can give this country is just to fold their hands and sit quietly, and allow the grownups to handle things. Let the drilling ban expire; let the administration handle Fannie/Freddie/etc.

That I don’t have to look at that botoxed crow Pelosi and her sadsack counterpart Reid every day is a bonus.

RegularJoe on September 18, 2008 at 1:17 PM

The only question is, are they going to able to duck responsibility until Nov. 4th. That is the only thing the Democrats care about. Once they hold both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, they will be able to cover up all of their crimes. So they just have to hide for another 47 days.

gridlock2 on September 18, 2008 at 1:17 PM

“Run away, run away!”
The economy is the 5lb fanged rabbit in the room…

The good thing about a Do Nothing Congress (DNC)? Its a Democratic congress.

a. Their policies don’t get passed.
b. They look bad.
c. They can’t blame anyone else.
d. Every libtard kook that shows up on TV makes the left, and hence them, look worse.

Geministorm on September 18, 2008 at 1:20 PM

Gosh, I hope the dems do adjourn and the Republicans stay as long as feasible with the elections they do have to run for. Hey, where are the RNC ads against Pelosi, Reid, etc. I’m in a battleground state and am not seeing anything on tv. They should hit hard and early and constantly on this theme if we are going to prevent a veto-proof Dem congress (a take back of congress is my dream, but I’m afraid to get my hopes up.) We’ve got to get it into the public’s mind (those who don’t pay attention to these things) that the Democrats have failed and give them specifics to chew on.

deedledee on September 18, 2008 at 1:23 PM

Run away Run away!

Terrye on September 18, 2008 at 1:40 PM

maverick muse:

This end of an era thing is stupid. I grew up hearing stories about the Great Depression, and so far..this ain’t it. Not even close.

Besides, if we go down, we take the Eurotrash with us.

Terrye on September 18, 2008 at 1:42 PM

Besides, if we go down, we take the Eurotrash with us. – Terrye on September 18, 2008 at 1:42 PM

If we go down, we take the whole farking WORLD with us.

ManlyRash on September 18, 2008 at 1:47 PM

So, they pass the craptastic “drilling without drilling” bill, Bush man’s up and vetoes it, after sitting on it a few days; and they’re on vacation while the offshore drilling ban expires?

I can live with that.

gekkobear on September 18, 2008 at 2:01 PM

Reid and Pelosi are incredible! Thanks goodness we have such fine leaders at the head of our legislative branch of the government.

And I assume we can expect more of that fine leadership by electing whoever they would endorse for President, right?

Scrappy on September 18, 2008 at 2:08 PM

I hearby dub this … the Brave Sir Robin Congress.

Men in tights.

Is “Nothing” sacred? Democrats seem to thinks so.

Speakup on September 18, 2008 at 2:16 PM

IT WAS WORLD WIDE ECONOMIC DEPRESSION BROUGHT ON BY GERMANY, WWI and all of its fallout. Thanks for all that sorrow, Wilhelm

actually much of it was brought on by the Federal reserve not knowing how to manage the money supply. they tightened the money supply, thinking with a shrinking economy we didnt’ need as much money supply…friedman wrote about this in A Monetary History of the United States

even Bernanke agrees with that assessment.

right4life on September 18, 2008 at 2:45 PM

If McCain runs against this Congress, he gets elected POTUS

if he doesn’t, he might well lose to the dumbest, most inexperienced, most corrupt, and most unqualified jerk to ever run for the office

Janos Hunyadi on September 18, 2008 at 3:04 PM

First they were the Do-Nothing, then they were the Do-Nothing-But-Vacation Congress, now they’re the Do-Nothing-But-Blame-Republicans-And-Bitch-And-Moan Congress.

9% is TOO HIGH!

bryan2369 on September 18, 2008 at 3:55 PM

IF they adjourn? Bush needs to call them back into session.

He should have done it before, with the energy bill…
He couldn’t. Reid used a nasty trick of keeping the Senate in pro forma session, having a Democrat senator go into the chamber each day, bang the gavel, take notice of the fact that a quorum isn’t present, bang it again; lather, rinse, repeat.

And he’s said he’ll probably do it this time too. It prevents Bush from calling Congress back into session or making recess appointments (like Bolton).

The Monster on September 18, 2008 at 11:00 AM

But nothing stops the President from [b]LOUDLY[/b] using his bully pulpet to demand the Dems do their job perhaps a half dozen times a day….Did I say LOUDLY!!!

JIMV on September 18, 2008 at 3:59 PM

I’ve got to say, I am not entirely unhappy at the thought of Congress heading off to Club Med or whatever it is they do. If they quit before that sham energy bill goes to a vote, I’ll be ecstatic. McCain needs to hammer this one hard — do-nothing Congress, financial crisis, told you this was coming 3 years ago.

doppelganglander on September 18, 2008 at 4:25 PM

As dad used to say, “When you are up to your ears in crap, it’s best to keep your mouth shut.”

Congress is keeping its mouth shut to avoid embarrassing Obama and banging the last nail in his electoral coffin.

cannonball on September 18, 2008 at 4:54 PM

Cowardice in the face of adversity…your Democratic leadership!

Kevin71 on September 18, 2008 at 5:19 PM

Well they are Democrats

JIMV on September 18, 2008 at 5:24 PM

Worst.Congress.Ever.

baxtrice on September 18, 2008 at 5:47 PM

Is this what we elected them for? There’s are words for people who spend as much time away from the job as they do…Part-time and soon to be unemployed. They need to put their fannies in their seats and make a good-faith effort at getting things done. All of their wiggle room is gone. It’s time to put up or shut up.

52Ranger on September 18, 2008 at 6:19 PM

Nancy soiled her armour

uptight on September 18, 2008 at 11:10 PM

Loved the Brave Sir Robin analogy, dead on….lol

Ozprey on September 19, 2008 at 1:07 AM

Isn’t such passive aggressive behavior officially regarded as dysfunctional behavior?

{^_^}

herself on September 19, 2008 at 3:36 AM

Of course, THIS Congress doesn’t know what to do. But you can bet they’ll go home and think about it, and then criticize whatever the Fed and Treasury do. This Congress is the most shameless group of second-guessers this country has ever seen.

Don’t ask THIS Congress to take part in a difficult decision….they might actually have to stick their necks out for once!

chipandcharge on September 19, 2008 at 8:09 AM

apollyonbob,

Nicely done. Thanks for the Rand reference. If only high school and university students were all required to read Atlas Shrugged, Anthem, and We the Living, there would be fewer people in this nation ignorant enough to support a socialist politician.

The real question right now is, where’s Ragnar when you need him?

Freelancer on September 19, 2008 at 9:43 AM