Why the lady's in waiting

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Some of the more audacious comments emanating from Washington Democrats have gotten more attention.

Such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying, "I'm trying to save the planet!"

And Barack Obama telling Capitol Hill Democrats that, "This is the moment ... that the world has been waiting for."

And Washington Post writer Dana Milbank notes that Obama recently released a statement saying, "I look forward to working with the democratically elected government of Pakistan." Why not look that far ahead? Reports indicate Obama has already directed his staff to begin the transition to power.

But something Nancy Pelosi said after the Capitol Hill meeting with Obama should not go unnoticed. In claiming that Obama can change the way Washington operates, she said, "If we do what I know is possible, then I think we can shake up Washington and actually deliver for the American people -- and that's an exciting prospect."

Hello? Isn't transforming Washington and shaking up things and delivering for the American people something the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives is eminently capable of doing? She controls the House agenda and is third in line to the presidency.

What Pelosi has in mind, however, is a little more circumspect, we suspect: a Democratic president and Democratic Congress shoving the left-wing's agenda down America's throat.

Pelosi, who became speaker in 2007, could have shaken things up and delivered already. She could have worked with Republicans to achieve compromise on any number of issues. Instead, under her gavel, Democrats, in their unrestrained hatred of the president and blind zeal to retreat from Iraq regardless of the consequences, have ground Washington to a halt.

Pelosi could deliver a glimmer of hope for energy independence for America. But she denied every attempt to debate and pass domestic drilling legislation, which, by the way, is favored by about three-quarters of Americans.

Pelosi has her eye on left-wing domination and, in her spare time, saving the planet. And she's waiting for the inevitable Obama administration to pounce.

How sad. As Speaker of the House, she could have made a huge difference simply by doing her job.

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afadel
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afadel 08/03/08 - 06:48 am
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News flash to editor: the

News flash to editor: the Senate and the President are required to pass legislation. The Republicans in the Senate have done a record number of filibusters. Overriding a presidential veto requires a 2/3 vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. So, while the Democratic party did win a majority in both bodies, its margin was too slim to override President Bush's veto. The specific example, cited, offshore drilling, is the kind of fix you offer to a drug addict. It's not a serious energy policy. Because of the Democratic majority in the House, we're finally getting many of the criminals from the Bush administration to testify about their law-breaking. Sadly, Representative Pelosi has refused to move forward impeaching President Bush and Vice-President Cheney. So I am of course disappointed, but things would be far worse with people appointed by Trent Lott and Tom DeLay controlling all the Senate and House committees.
In the senate, the chair of the environment committee was Oklahoma Republican Senator James M. Inhofe, who denies the impact of greenhouse gases. At least the Democrats aren't debating and passing Terri Schiavo legislation.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 08/03/08 - 07:33 am
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You have to hand it to the

You have to hand it to the Chronicle. Day afer day you will find at least two articles that are so obviusly bias against the Democrats. Well at least they are honest enough to not even attempt to apear fair minded.

ldsmith1
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ldsmith1 08/03/08 - 08:20 am
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FIRE-The overwhelming

FIRE-The overwhelming majority of the media is biased in the other direction. If you can't stand the heat, find another website.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 08/03/08 - 08:20 am
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ffh, this is the editorial

ffh, this is the editorial page. Opinion. Of course they'll be against the hard left. All smart people are. No political correctness required here...just plain truth. If you like political correctness, try the N Y Times, they hate this country.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 08/03/08 - 08:22 am
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While the Dems are in

While the Dems are in control, the actions of congress will remain unchanged. If BO gets into office, look for a hard move toward Marxism. Only the filibuster will be able to save the country.

SisterAbdullahX_
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SisterAbdullahX_ 08/03/08 - 08:28 am
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afadel? Impeach for WHAT?

afadel? Impeach for WHAT? State some exact crimes and some EVIDENCE! This whole "Bush is a criminal" thing is getting very old. He hasn't been impeached because he hasn't committed a crime! Get over it! And where is this LONG list of bills he has vetoed? Unless you haven't noticed, the economy was doing pretty good until the Democrats took control of both houses. Of course you haven't noticed. Your type ignores anything you don't like to see.

giveitsomethought
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giveitsomethought 08/03/08 - 08:38 am
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What Democrats have in mind,

What Democrats have in mind, however, is a little more circumspect, we suspect: a Democratic president and Democratic Congress shoving the left-wing's agenda down America's throat, maybe so, thay have a model to follow because it has already happened just a few years ago for about six years===== === ========================================= What the Republicans have done is a little more circumspect, we had: a Republican president and Republican Congress shoving the right-wing's agenda down America's throat

ITDoc
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ITDoc 08/03/08 - 08:50 am
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That's no lady, that's Nancy

That's no lady, that's Nancy Pelosi.

SisterAbdullahX_
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SisterAbdullahX_ 08/03/08 - 08:52 am
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Funny, when the right wing

Funny, when the right wing was "shoving their agenda", their approval rating wasn't nearly as low.

giveitsomethought
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giveitsomethought 08/03/08 - 08:57 am
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No one wants to impeach Bush

No one wants to impeach Bush because it would leave Dick in charge

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/03/08 - 08:57 am
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Hold the presses! Did you

Hold the presses! Did you catch this sentence at the bottom of the column? "And she's waiting for the inevitable Obama administration to pounce." Wow! The Augusta Chronicle has declared Obama's election to president INEVITABLE. Do you think the Associated Press, Reuters, and NPR will pick up on this story?

SisterAbdullahX_
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SisterAbdullahX_ 08/03/08 - 08:59 am
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What part of the "Right wing

What part of the "Right wing Agenda" did you not like, givitsomethough? Was it the lower taxes? I know I hate being forced to keep more of my money.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 08/03/08 - 09:50 am
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Ya'll get ready for a big

Ya'll get ready for a big increase in food stamp and welfare rolls.
Yeah, increase taxes on oil companies, the price will just go up to cover that. Do not renew the current tax breaks, just who is going to keep your money? Ya'll better learn how to grow a garden, hunt and fish.

jack
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jack 08/03/08 - 11:32 am
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Afeadel, yes, the Republicans

Afeadel, yes, the Republicans in the Senate have opposed sham energy bills by the DIMs that would allow drilling now and drilling here. Pelosi has blocked debate on bipartisan bills in the House on the same subject because even some DIMs realize we need to use our own resources vice foreign oil, adjourning for vacation without an energy bill in a time of an energy crisis (don't want to hear any more leftist whinging about Bush's "vacations" to Crawford). Pilosi even had the sound and lights turned off to stop the Republicans from speaking on the subject which CSPAN would have broadcast to the public. So much for the "fair and open" House she promised when elected to Speaker. She is the worst Speaker in it's history. As for trying to impeach Bush and Cheney, she is at least smart enough to know that just ain't gonna fly with the American public, other than with the Bush hater/leftists like you and your ilk. 93% of Americans say the DIM controlled Congress sucks.

jack
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jack 08/03/08 - 11:38 am
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Giveitsome thought, when we

Giveitsome thought, when we had a Republican Congress and President, the economy grew, unemployment remained almost nil, we have not had another 9/11 and until very recently, gas at the pump was pretty cheap. Since the DIMs have controlled Congress (in only two years), the economy is in the toilet, gas is now over $4.00, unemployment is rising (over 30,000 last month thanks to the DIM minimum wage increase), and they managed to give wall street bankers's debts to the American tax payer. Elect Osama and have a DIM controlled Congress and watch the economy go further in the tank with higher taxes, more guv'mint hand outs for votes, and more jobs/companies move out of the U.S.

alden
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alden 08/03/08 - 12:02 pm
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You've got that right, jack.

You've got that right, jack. But the left will claim Bush is at fault.

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 08/03/08 - 12:15 pm
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With pelosi there is no 2/3

With pelosi there is no 2/3 of those voting on a bill, to pass. When she wanted some of the liberal bills to pass, she made it a majority of the vote.

SisterAbdullahX_
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SisterAbdullahX_ 08/03/08 - 12:17 pm
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convertedsoutherner....on

convertedsoutherner....on your 12:15 post I say.......huh?

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 08/03/08 - 12:43 pm
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On some of the liberal bills

On some of the liberal bills that pelosi wanted to get passed, she changed the 2/3 amt needed to pass a bill to a majority. She knew they couldn't get 2/3 to agree but knew they could get some of the liberal republicans to vote with the dims and therefore need only 1/2 of those voting plus 1 vote to pass the bill.

they call me pete
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they call me pete 08/03/08 - 01:03 pm
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Amen jack. I'm glad you can

Amen jack. I'm glad you can see what I see. Marines tend to have logic. Semper Fi.

SisterAbdullahX_
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SisterAbdullahX_ 08/03/08 - 01:09 pm
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Pelosi doesn't have the power

Pelosi doesn't have the power to change voting requirements. I think you need to study up on your civics.

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 08/03/08 - 01:54 pm
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Please check stories on some

Please check stories on some of recent bills that were passed. They were passed with 50% + 1. I didn't keep the articles regarding these votes.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/03/08 - 01:56 pm
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Civics 101: In the House of

Civics 101: In the House of Representatives, the rules require only a simple majority. It is in the Senate only where the 60 votes are needed to cut off debate.

SisterAbdullahX_
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SisterAbdullahX_ 08/03/08 - 02:01 pm
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Again I say.......study up.

Again I say.......study up.

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dinohntr 08/03/08 - 06:38 pm
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I think all of Congress

I think all of Congress should be called back into session by the President (as permitted by the Constitution), then locked in the chamber until they resolve the issues most important to this country.

As an incentive, all their salaries and benefits should be frozen at 1950 levels. Their salary should reflect what they accomplish, which usually isn't much

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 08/03/08 - 08:19 pm
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What have the cons did?

What have the cons did? DESTROY THIS COUNTRY, that's what. Let's make it official: the Augusta Chronicle is not balanced at all. They are biased against the Democrats, just like all of the media are -- with the exception of the NYT and New York Daily News. Those two NY papers are the only two unbiased newspapers left in this nation. The size of government exploded in the four years of the GOP dictatorship, both in the terms of the loss of our hard-fought personal freedoms and less money in our wallets. I am disgusted with Congress for their absolute failure to cut off the Iraq war funding, as is at least 65% of the American public. And that -- along with their failure to confront the dictators currently in the White House -- are why they have a 9% approval rating.

mable8
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mable8 08/03/08 - 09:27 pm
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It was a big mistake to put

It was a big mistake to put Nancy Pelosi in the powerful position of Speaker of the House. I have watched her on the news and in interviews--she leaves a lot to be desired. There are other more deserving women in the House who have far more intellectual abilities than Pelosi who could have led the House and influenced the Senate in obtaining resolutions to our national needs. We ought to be contacting our Representatives with a no confidence vote and get her out of the Speaker's position.

crossHaircenteredM-4
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crossHaircenteredM-4 08/03/08 - 10:02 pm
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afadel, meant to sign

afadel, meant to sign infidel!

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 08/03/08 - 11:35 pm
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We need to name Carolyn

We need to name Carolyn Maloney as Speaker, like the Dems should have done the day after they reclaimed the majority in the House.

SisterAbdullahX_
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SisterAbdullahX_ 08/04/08 - 04:53 am
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Cut of the funding, and leave

Cut of the funding, and leave the soldiers out to dry? willistontownsc, you are a disgusting excuse for an American who has now idea how his freedom is secured! Now go learn some grammar. "What have the cons did?" Good writing.

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