Feb 27 2009
Those of us close to DC knew that the new administration was going to get a wake up call when it hit the power brokers in DC. Congress and the bureaucrats have a lot of control over the federal government and can easily neuter a new President and his team.
Obama lost control over the grand stimulus bill, which turned into a liberal spendulus bill when Congress got their hands on it. The bill will do nothing for the economy for the rest of the year, I am sure, and that is due in large part to the fact Pelosi took control from him and his priorities.
Now the liberal democrats are beginning to openly revolt on Obama, and I am sure they will continue to roll this young President with little executive or DC experience.
Pelosiâ€™s aides say the speaker was comfortable playing the role of Obamaâ€™s shield during the stimulus fightâ€”Republicans teed off on her rather than on the immensely popular new presidentâ€”and that she remains strongly supportive of the administration on health care, energy and education reform.Â
But on Iraq and other high-profile issues that matter to her, aides say Pelosi has no intention of holding her tongue when she thinks Obama is wrong.Â
And sheâ€™s not alone.Â
On Wednesday morning, Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.)â€”the longest-serving member of the Senateâ€”accused Obama of trying to steal power from Congress by appointing White House â€œczarsâ€ to handle issues that would otherwise be handled by departments subject to congressional oversight.Â
On Wednesday night, Pelosi made it clear to MSNBCâ€™s Rachel Maddow that she wasnâ€™t happy with Obamaâ€™s plan to leave 50,000 U.S. troops in Iraq and that, unlike Obama, she â€œabsolutelyâ€ favors criminal prosecutions for any Bush administration officials involved in torture or other excesses in the fight against terrorism.Â
On Thursday, Pelosi said sheâ€™d move â€œfasterâ€ than Obama is to roll back Bush-era tax cuts. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman Chuck Schumer joined Pelosiâ€™s critique of Obamaâ€™s plan to leave. Reid urged Obama not to push too hard to eliminate congressional earmarks. And Democratic Rep. Gene Taylor of Mississippi took a shot at Obamaâ€™s budget, saying â€œchange is not running up even bigger deficits that George Bush did.â€Â
The article claims this is not open revolt – but clearly it is out in the open and Congress is flexing their levers of power. We shall see, but the spendulus bill was not Pelosi running cover, it was Pelosi running the show leaving it to Obama to sell to the people.
Update: Wow, even Paul Krugman at the NY Times is in the dumps over Obama and the Democrats:
hereâ€™s so much to like about where Obama is going â€” health care, transparency in government, ending the war in Iraq. And the stimulus bill is OK, though not big enough.
But on the question of fixing the banks, many of us are feeling a growing sense of despair.
Seems a lot of people are moving out of their denial stage. Yes, it really is that bad in DC right now.