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The Destructocrats

Tuesday, September 30, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Why did Nancy Pelosi sink the rescue package and Barack Obama and Harry Reid allow her to do so?

The harshest voices in the leftosphere were certainly screaming at her. Kos posted “Pelosi thinks we’re stupid” yesterday morning which ranted at the Speaker, and Michael Moore thundered away at “biggest robbery in the history of this country.”

Pelosi buckled, and with her went a trillion dollars in long accumulated wealth, nursed over decades into retirement accounts. Where was Obama? “Just trying to stay out of the battle,” Rudy Giulianai told me yesterday about the Democratic nominee. “You know, ‘Let me keep my skirts clean.'”

The carnage from the Destructocrats’ inability to lead past their hard left base paralyzed the country yesterday and is a glimpse of the future if Obama hangs on to his narrow lead, and the hard left trio of Obama-Pelosi-Reid are running the country. That really means Ayers-Kos-Moore will be running the country, rising up in a vast snarl every time their kept politicians depart from their line. Axelord thinks he is riding that beast, but yesterday showed who is in control.

Obama’s minions are out chanting blame at the Republicans, but the Speaker runs the House and in this instance she ran it over the cliff and with it the dreams of millions of Americans, and the crisis isn’t over. Far from it in fact. The damage done to the people who sold into a panic will not be reversible, and shattering blows taken to the employment of who knows how many won’t even surface for months. Markets will now start factoring in the likelihood of an Obama presidency and the massive tax hikes and the soaring oil prices that will certainly follow.

The election is of course far from over, and Rudy may in fact have been the first one to sense another change in the wind:

HH: What’s your sense of this race and of the next five weeks?

RG: My sense, and I don’t believe…I believe there has been a change right now at this particular point we’re at. I don’t think it’s about Sarah Palin. I think that she’s still giving us help by making the Republican base very enthusiastic, and actually reaching over to a group of voters who might not be thinking about us. I think it’s the economy that’s creating it. The general wisdom is if there’s trouble in the economy, it’s going to favor the Democrat. I think that’s what you’re seeing. But I believe if the public perceives a crisis in the economy, I think it’s going to start favoring John McCain, because I think it’ll be the same reason why they favor him as the more capable being commander in chief. And right now, we need a leader. We need someone who can make tough decisions, somebody who can wade in and get things done. John McCain last week acted like a president, trying to get votes. All this weekend, he’s acted like a president, trying to get votes. Barack Obama is just trying to stay out of the battle, you know, let me keep my skirts clean, and I want to politically position myself. That isn’t the kind of leader we need at a time the country’s at crisis.

As Pelosi and the hard left engineered a huge smash up –95 Democrats voted against the bill!– Obama ran for the tall grass. In the immediate aftermath of the smash-up, a stunned crowd of victims and observers wandered around the wreckage wondering what happened. But the effects of the collision will be shaken off and heads will clear and people will see the first and hopefully the only example they need of the new Democratic Party leadership working together.

Yesterday the Obama-Pelosi-Reid Destructocrats delivered the chaos that their hard-core activists demanded. The prospect of four years of that should make even left-of-center Democrats shudder.

UPDATE: An e-mail sent from a very successful businessman I know, David Parker, to every House member who voted “no” yesterday:

Dear Honorable Member of the House:

Having observed the failure of the House of Representatives to pass the proposed Financial Institutions Rescue Bill today, I wanted to express my serious concern and displeasure. The effective price that the American people paid today for your individual “NO” vote on the Rescue Bill (which monies are now lost to all who sold in today’s market) was $4,824,561,403.51 ($4.8 billion), if you calculate that the American taxpayers lost $1.1 trillion in today’s market decline on 228 votes, or nearly $92 billion for each of the 12 votes that failed to pass the measure. Today’s market decline is not retrievable to those who sold into it, in a panic because of your failure to act in the best interests of the American and global economies. I completely agree that Speaker Pelosi failed to lead and bring a consensus to the vote in her hyper partisan introduction-she showed anything but leadership on the point. Even so, and in spite of such an offense, the American people deserved better from their elected officials who are called to SERVE.

Tuesday’s market will also be a costly experience for the American people as well. How long must we wait? Unlike the proposed Rescue Plan where the Treasury would have received a reasoned return on its investment (like unto Chrysler and the S&L Rescue Package), the American people lost today and will tomorrow and each day thereafter until confidence is restored to our markets. Many of you call this socialized economics, when in fact it is anything but. Wait until the markets completely dissemble and the Democratic majority in Congress takes hold of corrective actions-that will render us on the slippery slope of socialism.

As a lifelong conservative Republican, and one who has been actively involved in the financial markets, I am completely dismayed by the lack of financial capacity, integrity and character in your vote. I truly believe that you voted out of fear of the ballot box, and disbelief in the realities of the market. Are you that much smarter and more capable than some of the finest economic minds who are leading our markets, Hank Paulson and Ben Bernanke? What must be said or done to illustrate the severity of your actions today? The PRIDE of both Republicans and Democrats, evidenced in pointing fingers, taking credit, trying to preserve elected positions, etc. is compromising every American. The lack of confidence in the global economies is costly, far more than the invested dollars of the proposed Rescue Plan. It is manifest in 401k’s, pension funds, savings accounts, employment, housing, food, energy and every other element of society. Your failed actions today will cost us eventually, both in market losses and in an ultimate rescue plan that will bear an even greater cost.

As a homeowner in numerous states, the father of 6 in 6 states with 14 grandchildren that each are affected by your failings, please, consider the seriousness of the situation and resolve this, NOW!!



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Obama’s Offensive Line

Tuesday, September 30, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Instapundit posts an e-mail:

A READER AT A MAJOR NEWSROOM EMAILS: “Off the record, every suspicion you have about MSM being in the tank for O is true. We have a team of 4 people going thru dumpsters in Alaska and 4 in arizona. Not a single one looking into Acorn, Ayers or Freddiemae. Editor refuses to publish anything that would jeopardize election for O, and betting you dollars to donuts same is true at NYT, others. People cheer when CNN or NBC run another Palin-mocking but raising any reasonable inquiry into obama is derided or flat out ignored. The fix is in, and its working.” I asked permission to reprint without attribution and it was granted.

Read the whole thing.

I doubt this will be decisive in the election because MSM’s bias is so well known and their output so deeply discounted as a result. Obama’s weakness as a candidate, though, is underscored by his inability to break away from McCain even with a thousand MSMers pushing him up the hill.

The Pelosivilles In Your Future

Monday, September 29, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The GOP House leadership is now bluntly declaring what everyone who followed the story today knows: Nancy Pelosi killed the bailout bill with a blistering attack on Republicans just prior to the start of the vote. The Speaker cost millions of Americans hundreds of millions in retirement savings today because she could not resist using her position to slam her political opponents even after they had met her more than half way.

UPDATE: A representative e-mail:

Some blog comments ask if it is wise to blame Pelosi for today’s vote failure. I actually think it is – and could benefit McCain. Up until this morning, we all assumed the long weekend of work would culminate in an up vote for the plan. But Pelosi couldn’t keep her mouth shut and couldn’t control her urge to inject politics prior to the vote. This calamity on Wall St. was too big to play these games now- and she blew it. This was a time for all to suck it up and get this bill passed so the economy could begin recovering. I thought I had never been angrier – having to swallow this bailout thanks to bad govt. policies interjected into the banking business and carried over to Wall St. – until today!! I’m no policy wonk- no pundit- but I place blame for this failure today squarely on the Dems – and by extension Obama and his crew.

Wall Street didn’t collapse today. The House of Representatives did. And Pelosi is its leader. She should be fired. Vote against every Democrat.

UPDATE 2: Why did Pelosi torpedo her own bill? Here’s a clue: The Michael Moore wing of the party wants the collapse of the economy. This is Pelosi’s base and she dared not stand against them.

UPDATE 3: Dean Barnett assesses the fallout, both economic and political. He thinks the GOP takes the blame for the meltdown, but I don’t think that is the case. In the old days the president and his party got blamed for such fiascos, but not that’s not necessarily the case in a new media environment where all the facts are availabkle to any interested party. There is a huge anger building against all incumbents, and how it courses is anyone’s guess at this moment.

Team McCain’s Straight Talk

Monday, September 29, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

From McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds earlier today:

“When Barack Obama released remarks today that praised the passage of America’s economic rescue plan, just before his allies in Congress voted to kill it, it revealed just how out of touch Barack Obama has been during this crisis. As our country stares economic disaster directly in the face, Barack Obama has called for higher taxes we can’t afford, more federal spending we can’t afford and shown failed leadership we can’t afford.”

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