The First Draft: Navel gazers no more

May 20, 2009

USA/Republican Party chairman Michael Steele yesterday urged his fellow GOPers to stop “navel gazing” and go on the offensive against President Obama and his Democrats, and it appears they are getting right to it.

Today, the party votes on a resolution to ask the Democratic Party to rename itself “The Democrat Socialist Party.”

And Newt Gingrich, the former Republican House speaker, said current House speaker Nancy Pelosi should step down for accusing the CIA of lying to Congress about torture.

“Even Democrats have to be concerned that she is clearly not telling the truth,” Gingrich said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

So far, no Democrats have called on Pelosi to resign over the flap.

Elsewhere in Washington, the White House panel trying to find a way out of the economic crisis holds its first public meeting today. The 16-member Economic Recovery Advisory Board, led by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, meets at 10 a.m.

Lots of administration officials on the Hill today.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testify at House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee at 12:30.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee at 9:30.

FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies before the House Judiciary Committee at 10:00.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testifies on TARP at Senate Banking Committee at 9:30.

And finally, Attorney General Eric Holder and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announce an effort to crack down on Medicare fraud at 1 p.m.

photo credit: ABC News (Steele appears on an ABC News show, Feb. 8)

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The party voted on a resolution to beg the Democratic Party to rename itself “The Democrat Socialist Party?”

All one can do is laugh at such childishness.

So the GOP thinks that being the party of new ideas means not putting forth any new ideas, but merely going on the attack against the President and the Democrats? Um, OK.

Michael Steele believes it is time to stop looking backward, and time to start thinking about the approach embraced by the Republican president who left office 20 years ago. So a forward-looking approach in 2009 is an emphasis on the mid-1980s? Um, OK.

Newt Gingrich knows a lot about saying stupid things and being forced out of the job as Speaker. This is where the right’s tactical acumen comes up short. Conservatives hope that gunning for Pelosi will blunt calls for a “truth commission” to thoroughly investigate what really happened on Bush’s trip to the “dark side”.

But in their zeal to score a tactical win, the right has made a truth commission more likely, not less likely. Thanks to conservatives’ insistence on complaining about Pelosi, they have forced her into a corner from which she can’t give in to opposition to a truth commission without looking like she’s attempting to save her own skin.

Posted by Steve | Report as abusive

Looks like everyone is busy working except the GOP who are going to be voting on a resolution to decide which name they will call the DNC from now on…….

Posted by Andi Rapp | Report as abusive

Hmmm… Elitist Always Cry Socialism!

“There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” – Warren Buffet

1) Upper Class… Empowered!
Deregulation, Global Economy, Tax Advantages

2) Middle Class… Distracted!
Healthcare, War-on-Terror, Abortion Rights, Gay Marriage, School Prayer, Immigration

3) Lower Class… Controlled!
Minimum Wage, Entitlements, Law Enforcement

“America wasn’t founded as a nation where winner takes all but over the last couple of decades, that’s the way it has turned out. The central vision of “We, the people” has been distorted and manipulated by the powerful and privileged doing their damnedest as they wage class war to sustain their way of life at the expense of everybody else, even in this current crisis.” – Michael Winship