Thursday, August 31, 2006

It's ROME 56 BC...Pompey, Crassus, Caeser, Clodius, and a clot of conceited Ciceros

We are about to enter a time of sine wave swings in political vicissitudes as each party is unable to solve the issues confronting us, because they refuse to FACE them. The potential dems poised to take over may well beget a larger sine wave of polar opposite repubs, perhaps as soon as 2008.


Consider the democratic house members who will become charimen of powerful committees if the pundits and MSM are correct about this November.

With a little more than two months to go before midterm elections, the polls show Democrats well positioned to win the House after 12 years out of power. So it's not too soon to consider who these Democrats are and how they would govern.

All the more so because we've seen most of these faces and their agenda before. While Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi would be a new Speaker of the House, the 19 primary committee chairmen who would dominate hearings, issue subpoenas and write legislation are agents of change only in the sense of going back to the future. They represent the same liberal priorities that bedeviled Bill Clinton's attempt to govern as a New Democrat from 1993-94, and before that Jimmy Carter in the 1970s. To pick one example, 13 of the 19 voted against the welfare reform that Mr. Clinton signed in 1996 and hailed this month as a triumph of "bipartisanship."

Republicans have done little to deserve re-election, and so perhaps voters will ignore Democratic priorities. But one of the ironies of current politics is that a swing in only 15 House seats would result in a huge ideological shift in the legislative agenda. Most of the House seats in play are "swing" districts held by political moderates. The most liberal seats also tend to be the safest and thus are held by Members who can stay around for the decades needed to become chairmen. Their agenda is not the one those "swing" voters would be endorsing.

Consider the man likely to run the Judiciary Committee, Michigan's John Conyers, from the Congressional class of 1964. He recently made his plans clear in a 370-page report, "The Constitution in Crisis: The Downing Street Minutes and Deception, Manipulation, Torture, Retribution and Coverup in the Iraq War, and Illegal Domestic Surveillance." The report accuses the Administration of violating no fewer than 26 laws and regulations, and is a road map of Mr. Conyers's explicit intention to investigate grounds for impeaching President Bush.

It was at Mr. Conyers mock hearings that racist materials regarding jews were handed out by paid democratic party operatives.I see no Marcus Scaurus out there, and if anyone can lay claim to being a Cato, it's unfortunately, Robert Byrd

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