It's usually the case that the sequel of a classic film is usually much worse than the original. Since Halloween was just a short time back, let's use the classic horror film "Poltergeist" as an example. The first sequel was really bad. But something about the trailer for that second film comes to mind when I consider the happy reunion of Obama, Reid and Pelosi as they return to Washington and take up where they left off.
On November 2nd the voters said they wanted real change from the change Obama, Reid and Pelosi delivered in the past two years. Taking Obama's metaphor about who gets the keys to the car, voters overwhelmingly directed that the keys be taken away from the three pranksters who not only didn't get the car out of the ditch, but drove it in further.
Obama, Reid & Pelosi "Stuck on Stupid!"
Obama, Reid and Pelosi refuse to accept the voter's message. As General Honore of New Orleans Katrina rescue fame would say they are "stuck on stupid."
In Obama's news conference on the Wednesday following the election he refused to conceded that his policies were the reason for voter's anger. Shortly after that press conference Obama gave an interview to 60 Minutes in which he trotted out the old "failure to communicate" excuse. Considering how Obama has been everywhere from Comedy Central to MTV and The View this excuse is laughable.
But Democrats aren't laughing. Centrist Alex Sink, who lost the Florida governor's race to Rick Scott called the White House attitude "tone deaf" and suggested it contributed to her narrow loss. One Democrat strategist went further and described the attitude in the White House was "willful defiance." The same report bemoans the fact that there doesn't appear to be any big shakeup on the horizon in the White House with Democrats left complaining about the junior league operation still running the show.
In Obama's Saturday radio address he held out the hope of compromise on preventing a coming tax increase. But the compromise he has in mind is that of the new Republican majority in Congress compromising in favor of his failed policies. The Hill reports it this way:
Obama calls for compromise, won't budge on tax cutsWhether Obama is "digging in" or doubling down, there is no sign he is ready to moderate the policies which have clearly failed and which the voters overwhelmingly rejected.
By Kevin Cullum - 11/06/10
Days after Democrats received a self-described "shellacking" at the polls, President Obama called for an end to campaigning and an embrace of compromise.
But he signaled no willingness to bend on the first challenge likely to face him from a Republican House as he advocated the permanent extension of Bush-era tax cuts for families making less than $250,000 a year despite the GOP's resolve to extend the tax cuts for all income brackets.
In his weekly address Saturday, Obama said that Democrats and Republicans not only agree on middle-class tax cuts but the need to rein in spending, and used this to try to drive his position on the tax cuts.
Obama noted the importance of extending the tax cuts in the lame-duck session, but focused the address on digging in against the full extension sought by Republicans and some Democrats.
Ding Dong, the Witch is Minority Leader
While Republicans were eager to dethrone Nancy Pelosi from the Speaker's Chair, now that she's lost we're not so eager that she leave town altogether. Her decision to run for Minority Leader will give voters frequent reminders of why they voted Republican. Keeping Nasty Nancy around will do more damage to Democrats who needed a fresh face to lead their party in the House after the electoral massacre of last Tuesday.
Obviously, Nancy didn't get the message. In interviews and news reports she is putting out the line that "Democrats have nothing to apologize for, nothing to be ashamed of and nothing to regret." Does this sound like someone who is listening to the voter's demand for a different course?
Democrats who were defeated in last week's congressional elections have penned a letter to Pelosi. It's not pretty:
[O]ne mark of a strong leader is the ability to discern when it is time to pass the baton. As defeated members, whose party needs to rebuild, we are counting on you to show the strength of your leadership in this dark hour. We ask that you step aside as leader of our party in the House.Even the New York Times thinks it's time for Nancy to go. In a Monday editorial titled "A New Leader for the Democrats" they say that what Democrats need in the House is a leader who can be ":a clear and convincing voice to help Americans understand that Democratic policies are not bankrupting the country, advancing socialism or destroying freedom."
Hmmm... Does that sound like another "failure to communicate" not a failure of policy? What America needs are Democrat leaders who don't advocate policies which WILL bankrupt the country, advance socialis and destroy freedom.
Harry Reid Underground.... for now
Harry Reid has managed to stay out of the limelight for now, which is smart considering what a poor job Obama and Pelosi are doing. But don't worry, the man who has all the charm of a creepy funeral home director will be back in front of the microphones very soon. And despite his dirty win in Nevada, a campaign that was negative from start to finish, there's little doubt he'll be a constant reminder to voters on why Democrats needed to be replaced wherever possible nationwide.
So, the same old team that did so much to drive voters to the GOP over the last two years will be back for more. Good for the GOP as we begin working towards 2012. But bad for the country. Speaking of classic films, the following graphic captures it all: