“It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into”

Jonathan Swift
"The Democrats have moved to the right, and the right has moved into a mental hospital." - Bill Maher
"The city is crowded my friends are away and I'm on my own
It's too hot to handle so I gotta get up and go

It's a cruel ... cruel summer"

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The good...the bad...and the anonymous

This is definitely nitpicking, but I noticed yesterday's AGR Monday briefing doesn't actually mention any names:

And the ugly

Just when you thought Congress couldn't get any clumsier, we see the new Democratic majority stumbling badly.

It's only 12 years since the Dems had control of the place, compared to Republicans' 40-year wilderness experience prior to taking control of Congress in January 1995.

The presumptive speaker of the House showed that she couldn't count votes in backing the losing candidate for majority leader. She reportedly is preparing to install a disgraced former federal judge as head of the Select Committee on Intelligence. She is feuding openly with other congressional leaders.

If the new ruling congressional Democrats are going to change the tone of debate in Washington, they should start by changing the tone of debate among those in their own party.
The cynic in me wants to believe that this somehow helps in the effort to shape public opinion in favor of the Republicans, but more than that I just thought it was kind of odd.

On a side note, Glenn Greenwald addresses the non-issue of who Pelosi backs for leadership positions: The media's sudden intense interest in the House Intelligence Committee