Open thread: The new Congress

posted at 11:42 am on January 5, 2011 by Allahpundit

Finally, at high noon, the moment of truth arrives. You can watch across the dial on cable news or online at C-SPAN or, er, Facebook. The office name plates are changing and the Twitter handles are being updated; all that’s left is for Boehner to take the gavel and deliver his opening remarks. A sneak preview:

We gather here today at a time of great challenges. Nearly one in ten of our neighbors are looking for work. Health care costs are still rising for families and small businesses. Our spending has caught up with us, and our debt will soon eclipse the size of our entire economy. Hard work and tough decisions will be required of the 112th Congress. No longer can we fall short. No longer can we kick the can down the road. The people voted to end business as usual, and today we begin carrying out their instructions…

The American people have humbled us. They have refreshed our memories as to just how temporary the privilege to serve is. They have reminded us that everything here is on loan from them. That includes this gavel, which I accept cheerfully and gratefully, knowing I am but its caretaker. After all, this is the people’s House. This is their Congress. It’s about them, not us. What they want is a government that is honest, accountable and responsive to their needs. A government that respects individual liberty, honors our heritage, and bows before the public it serves.

Pelosi and Reid are out with the ceremonial “can’t we all just get along?” op-eds in case you’re looking for something to read while we wait. I recommend the latter for the long bridge-building passage about the “trend toward extremism in the GOP,” with its “extremist views” and “extremist elements.” If you’re not in the mood for that, today’s Times editorial might do in a pinch. Here’s a sentence pulled at random: “Certainly the Republican leadership is not trying to suggest that African-Americans still be counted as three-fifths of a person.” In what possible context could a line like that make sense? Follow the link and read on, my friends.

Only two suspenseful moments to come this afternoon. One: How many Blue Dogs will rebuke Pelosi by refusing to vote for her for Speaker? And two: Well, you know.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Comment pages: 1 4 5 6

Reminds me of when the Clintons left the White House. Usually the outgoing president quietly leaves for Andrews Air Force Base and a flight home after the swearing in.

Clinton had a podium set up inside a hanger, with a bunch of his cabinet members and assorted flunkies, and gave a good-bye speech. The networks had a split-screen with that and the inaugural parade.

Wethal on January 5, 2011 at 2:09 PM

katy the mean old lady on January 5, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Me too, maybe I was just hoping too much?

canditaylor68 on January 5, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Rush just commented that Boehner is the first Speaker of color!

Darksean on January 5, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Oooohhh he’s getting feisty.

MeatHeadinCA on January 5, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Wow, it’s soooooooo good to see someone speak that knows how to without the glaring teeth and the hands moving all the time.

sicoit on January 5, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Maxine Waters looks so sad…

ROFLMAO

fossten on January 5, 2011 at 2:11 PM

The dems do not look so happy now.

tru2tx on January 5, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Rush just commented that Boehner is the first Speaker of color!

Darksean on January 5, 2011 at 2:10 PM

How do you listen to Rush and TV at the same time? I’m impressed!

silvernana on January 5, 2011 at 2:12 PM

boehner has a big gavel

DrW on January 5, 2011 at 2:12 PM

what a sight to see handing the gavel over

cmsinaz on January 5, 2011 at 2:12 PM

I like it… sounds like he’s scolding them like little children.

MeatHeadinCA on January 5, 2011 at 2:13 PM

How do you listen to Rush and TV at the same time? I’m impressed!

silvernana on January 5, 2011 at 2:12 PM

LOL!

He’s playing it and commenting during applause.

Darksean on January 5, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Layin down the NEW rules! The socialist/dems/lib/progressives are really pi$$ed.
ZING

sicoit on January 5, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Hoyer: Oops, oh yeah, I should clap, okay, how do I do that…

fossten on January 5, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Palin: Boom taste my nightstick!
Boehner: Boom taste my gavel!

canditaylor68 on January 5, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Hey…wait a minute…..NO TELEPROMPTER? Sorry, somebody had to say it

sicoit on January 5, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Darksean on January 5, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Thanks! Good to know – now I’m hearing them both.

silvernana on January 5, 2011 at 2:15 PM

These new Rules are a direct slam to Pelosi and the way she and the Progressives ran the House. Gotta love it!

PhiKapMom on January 5, 2011 at 2:15 PM

There’s Choooilie

MeatHeadinCA on January 5, 2011 at 2:15 PM

God bless America!

bernzright777 on January 5, 2011 at 2:16 PM

I cannot believe the progressives take the same oath.

tru2tx on January 5, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Jesus was man as well…quit saying stupid things.

fossten on January 5, 2011 at 2:07 PM

I have yet to understand why you bother to talk to me since you think i am “stupid”.

How about leave me alone… stalker.

upinak on January 5, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Speaker Boehner is exceptionally dignified. It is a huge change from the shrill partisanship of Pelosi’s preceding speech.

scrubjay on January 5, 2011 at 2:17 PM

It…

…. IS

OFFICIAL…!!!

Seven Percent Solution on January 5, 2011 at 2:17 PM

It’s over?

stenwin77 on January 5, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Britt Hume just said what I was thinking, too….
seems Nanzi spoke longer than Boehner… SNORT.
Funny how he spoke maybe 3x the weight, in fewer words.
Love it.

pambi on January 5, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Goodbye
,
_/(_
{ \\
/ ; _)
==’ / <===<<<
\ __\
` `

TXUS on January 5, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Britt Hume just said what I was thinking, too….
seems Nanzi spoke longer than Boehner… SNORT.
Funny how he spoke maybe 3x the weight, in fewer words.
Love it.

pambi on January 5, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Quoted, for effect. Exactly.

Darksean on January 5, 2011 at 2:22 PM

So this is how liberalism dies, with thunderous applause.

Electrongod on January 5, 2011 at 2:22 PM

It’s over?

stenwin77 on January 5, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Photo ops…

Seven Percent Solution on January 5, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Swearing in Time.

upinak on January 5, 2011 at 2:24 PM

I have yet to understand why you bother to talk to me since you think i am “stupid”.

How about leave me alone… stalker.

upinak on January 5, 2011 at 2:16 PM

You’ve moved from hating men to flattering yourself.

Must be a big day for you.

fossten on January 5, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Who was the whip?

upinak on January 5, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Goodbye Nancy Pelosi, may you rot in hell… Bit*h

Keemo on January 5, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Just gets better…

… The first amendment offered by the Democrats is defeated!

Seven Percent Solution on January 5, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Goodbye
,
_/(_
{ \\
/ ; _)
==’ / <===<<<
\ __\
` `

TXUS on January 5, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Ooooh, you're good!

annoyinglittletwerp on January 5, 2011 at 2:36 PM

OMG, what was Piglosi saying??? I had to fast forward over her “remarks”… BLAH

reshas1 on January 5, 2011 at 2:38 PM

7%….nice, wished I saw that
Heh

cmsinaz on January 5, 2011 at 2:39 PM

I may have to add C-SPAN to my favorites on my channel list now! :-)

sicoit on January 5, 2011 at 2:41 PM

What is with the motion from D.C.? To just make her political point?

INC on January 5, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Hah! Drudge has Pelosi and Boehner picture headlining. Check it out, it almost looks as if he actually thought about playing whack a mole for a split second.

canditaylor68 on January 5, 2011 at 2:43 PM

What is with the motion from D.C.? To just make her political point?

INC on January 5, 2011 at 2:43 PM

I think the Dems let the delegate from DC vote in committee and maybe on amendments. She couldn’t vote in the final vote, as DC is not a state. She’s no doubt whining about the loss of what votes they allowed her.

Wethal on January 5, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Hah! Drudge has Pelosi and Boehner picture headlining. Check it out, it almost looks as if he actually thought about playing whack a mole for a split second.

canditaylor68 on January 5, 2011 at 2:43 PM

LOL.

Wethal on January 5, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Wethal on January 5, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Thanks!

INC on January 5, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Hah! Drudge has Pelosi and Boehner picture headlining. Check it out, it almost looks as if he actually thought about playing whack a mole for a split second.

canditaylor68 on January 5, 2011 at 2:43 PM

That pic should be plastered on the front page of EVERY paper, website, etc. in the world! What a pic for a caption contest aye?

sicoit on January 5, 2011 at 2:54 PM

TXUS on January 5, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Help me, what is that?

Cindy Munford on January 5, 2011 at 2:58 PM

TXUS on January 5, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Help me, what is that?

Cindy Munford on January 5, 2011 at 2:58 PM

My poor attempt at a digital portrait of Witch Pelosi leaving the building, so to speak. The HA filter messed with it a bit.

TXUS on January 5, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Cindy Munford on January 5, 2011 at 2:58 PM

A witch on a broomstick flying off left… you have to squint a little :)

Fortunata on January 5, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Letter to [the 112th CONgress]

Is it not plain, rather, that the members of Congress, as a legislative body, whether they are conscious of it or not, are in reality, a mere cabal of swindlers, usurpers, tyrants and robbers? Is it not plain that they are stupendous blockheads, if they imagine that they are anything else than such a cabal? Or that their so-called laws impose the least obligation upon anybody?

Rae on January 5, 2011 at 3:24 PM

TXUS on January 5, 2011 at 3:08 PM Fortunata on January 5, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Thanks so much, now I see it.

Cindy Munford on January 5, 2011 at 3:27 PM

From that New York Times editorial:

There is a similar air of vacuous fundamentalism in requiring that every bill cite the Constitutional power given to Congress to enact it. The new House leadership says this is necessary because the health care law and other measures that Republicans do not like have veered from the Constitution. But it is the judiciary that ultimately decides when a law is unconstitutional, not the transitory occupant of the speaker’s chair.

I don’t know about you, but I just love getting a lecture from someone who obviously knows nothing.

Fundamentalism means “a focus on the fundamentals” of something. By its nature, it can be overpassionate, but vacuous is just not an adjective that applies.

And the idiots think that only the Supreme Court can say whether something is or is not Constitutional. If the Constitution only has meaning to the Supreme Court, then any Congress can pass any law they want and wait for SCOTUS to decide whether or not it’s Constitutional. And since SCOTUS will only hear the issue if there is a lawsuit from someone with standing, who usually has to prove some sort of harm from the law, a process that can take years in itself, that leaves a lot of room for mischief.

It is unfathomable to think that Congress isn’t bound by the Constitution until SCOTUS addresses a question years in a lawsuit years later. If that’s the case, then what good is the Constitution again?

tom on January 5, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Certainly the Republican leadership is not trying to suggest that African-Americans still be counted as three-fifths of a person.

That rhetorical point really is “vacuous,” since the NYT likes that word. The implication is that African-Americans should be counted as a whole person. But that was the position taken by the slave states to increase their representation in Congress. Those opposed to slavery said that you can’t count slaves as population for representation if they’re just slaves, not citizens.

So the NYT takes the pro-slavery side? Who are the racists again?

tom on January 5, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Watching C-Span, as our fellow Republicans are being ever so nice and collegial with their Democrat congresspeople and promising to work with them, the Dems are as usual “p!$$ing in their faces by getting up and denigrating everything they try to do. In the case of Steny Hoyer, not shutting up when they gavel him for time. I hate the lot of them. Same story – business as usual for the D’s. Note to Republicans – quit trying to be nice to them.

silvernana on January 5, 2011 at 4:00 PM

I’m really excited about the new rule that requires each bill must be shown as legitimately constitutional !
Should certainly take these things OUT of the hands of the SCOTUS, the left’s favorite tool.
Cool.
Then there’s “cut as you go” .. hehe .. go guys !!

pambi on January 5, 2011 at 4:17 PM

silvernana on January 5, 2011 at 4:00 PM

I thought it was kind of disgusting thing to do in the first few hours, but it’s just as well the Rs be under no illusions about who the Dems are.

INC on January 5, 2011 at 4:21 PM

silvernana on January 5, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Yep. Preach it!

tkinTX on January 5, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Buncha spoiled brats they are. NOW they give a damn about spending too much money? NOW?????

Their hypocrisy surrounds them like a vulgar stench–you know, kinda like Charlie Brown’s buddy Pig Pen.

tkinTX on January 5, 2011 at 4:37 PM

http://photoblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/01/04/5764221-surfboard-toting-staffers-obama-family-return-from-hawaii-vacation

OT sorry couldn’t resisit it appears Air Force One is in a nose dive like the country is and in photo two:

Who the hell dresses this “COUSIN EDDIE”?
He could maybe try to get the button in the right hole on the suit coat.

At least his fly wasn’t unzipped I guess.

What the HELL have you done to America 52%?

dhunter on January 5, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Boy, I thought Pelosi was never going to quit talking.

flataffect on January 5, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Comment pages: 1 4 5 6