Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Can we please just not elect stupid to the next Congress?

It looks like political reality has finally set in with the House Democrats as they back away from their vote condeming the Armenian genocide:
Worried about antagonizing Turkish leaders, House members from both parties have begun to withdraw their support from a resolution supported by the Democratic leadership that would condemn as genocide the mass killings of Armenians nearly a century ago.

Almost a dozen lawmakers had shifted against the measure over the last 24 hours, accelerating a sudden exodus that has cast deep doubt over the measure’s prospects. Some representatives made clear that they were heeding warnings from the White House, which has called the measure dangerously provocative, and from the Turkish government, which has said House passage would prompt Turkey to reconsider its ties to the United States, including logistical support for the Iraq war.
Not surprisingly, this issue fits the recurring pattern of the Pelosi Speakership:
  • Step 1: Propose a seemingly common-sense measure X that should win the support of a majority of Congress.
  • Step 2: Demonize Republicans as spawn of Satan for daring to crawl into the light of day to oppose measure X.
  • Step 3: Realize that the measure X is, in fact, mind-numbingly stupid, and that anyone who supports measure X would have to be a total idiot.
  • Step 4: Allow Republicans, who were right all along about the merits of measure X, to pass not-X.
I know I'm a conservative blogger, and thus must pounce on the slightest sign of liberal weakness. This time, in all honesty, if the Democrats out there want to dump Pelosi from the House Leadership, I'll be supporting them on it.


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