Following the initial collapse of the bipartisan Wall Street bail-out plan in the House of Representatives, Republican dissenters blamed Speaker Nancy Pelosi for harsh comments on the Bush administration economic policies that created the financial meltdown in the mortgage market, a claim they took offense to despite its historic accuracy. Despite later disavowal of such motives for placing the nation and Western society in jeopardy, the idea that Pelosi and the Democrats have a certain currency among the paranoid right deserves exploring.
With only four months left for the Bush regime, and the prospect of an Obama administration coming in, the possibility of last days sabotage of the incoming president is all too real, and old guard Dems know it all too well. When Bush 41 departed the executive mansion he all but mined the Rose Garden. The Waco shootout and a dozen other pre-planned incidents hampered the Clinton team for years after the change of power. In particular the temptation to take executive action and appoint fifth column personnel to key agency posts after Congress adjourns is likely to be a problem if Pelosi and Reid close up shop as usual.
If, on the other hand, the Democrats can use the fiscal crisis as an excuse not to adjourn, holding token sessions daily, pending hearings and votes on the economic plans that they and Obama would enact if elected in November, they not only get a head start on their policies but effectively block Bush from any rash actions in his last days.
Now that the Wall Street bail-out has been accomplished, Democrats can spring their trap on the Senate GOP incumbents, letting them take the blame for whatever dollar disaster comes down, possibly giving the new upper chamber a filibuster-proof majority to go with their White House victory.
Opportunity knocks for the Democrats, but can they answer the door?
“Travus T. Hipp” is a 40-year veteran radio commentator with six stations in California carrying his daily version of the news and opinions. “The Poor Hippy’s Paul Harvey,” Travus is a member of the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame, but unemployable in the Silver State due to his eclectic political views.